Friday, June 12, 2009



2. My neighbor Amy (Amy S.) likes to roast beets and I am always impressed with the results. For some reason roasting always struck me as a little bit daunting, but it's not, at all. I think I was daunted because I didn't know exactly what roasting meant. Like, I thought roasting was roasting a whole goat over a spit. But apparently roasting also means putting some food in a foil packet with olive oil, which is a lot easier and very different.

So I roasted these beets and made a salad. There is a tiny greenmarket every day on Sacramento Street and it's pretty cheap. Sorry I didn't take a picture of the beets before roasting, they were pretty.

You probably don't even need a recipe for roasting beets, but I used this one:

I didn't make the bread, it sounds crazy!

Roasted Beets

6 beets
2 tablespoons olive oil
few sprigs fresh thyme (I used not-fresh thyme)
3 crushed garlic cloves (OK without garlic, too)
salt and pepper

1 ) Using a potato brush scrub the beets with the skin on till all the dirt is removed. Cut the stems about 2 inches from the beet off. (I cut my beets into quarters before roasting to make them roast faster.)
2 ) Get a large piece of tin foil. Place the beets on the tin foil.
3 ) Pour the olive oil over top and add the crushed garlic and fresh thyme. Add a little salt and pepper.
4 ) Close the foil to form a packet. Place on rimmed baking sheet; roast in 400F oven until fork-tender, 1 hour.
5 ) Wearing rubber gloves, peel and trim beets; cut into wedges. (I didn't have rubber gloves, and I didn't bother peeling the beets. You probably don't need to.)

The salad was lettuce, carrots, and goat cheese. I used to think I didn't like goat cheese. It always tasted like cold salty tangy creamy vagueness. I realized that it tastes way better and more nuanced if you eat it at room temperature. Recommended!


  1. You Cali Kitchen looks super cute!

  2. Yum! I love beets, but they are a pain to handle because my hands get stained murderous-red. Thus rubber gloves... (but I'm usually too lazy for that!)

  3. ha ha

    the murder is just part of it

    yknow ?

  4. guess this is a recipe for






    some kinda ghoul"?

    somekinda wonderful ghoul?

    beet deeth

    deeth bown

    gotta beet

    date with a beet date

    date with the beat date

    date, with the bate deets

    bate; with the bate deets

    state, withou debriefs

    kate (with the five effs)

    kate pith of pith meeks

    micsecs whatch the stem heat

    mice! watch the steam heat!