“The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious.
Slavic peoples get their physical characteristics from potatoes, their smoldering inquietude from radishes, their seriousness from beets.
The beet is the melancholy vegetable, the one most willing to suffer. You can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip…
The beet is the murderer returned to the scene of the crime. The beet is what happens when the cherry finishes with the carrot. The beet is the ancient ancestor of the autumn moon, bearded, buried, all but fossilized; the dark green sails of the grounded moon-boat stitched with veins of primordial plasma; the kite string that once connected the moon to the Earth now a muddy whisker drilling desperately for rubies.
The beet was Rasputin’s favorite vegetable. You could see it in his eyes.”
― Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume
HH: I like pickled beets in a cold salad, but what I really love are cubed steamed beets sliced up with carrots or parsnips, with turnips or rutabagas, green onions, maybe a sweet potato, cilantro, with some oil and vinegar dressing, some garlic, pepper and sea salt until they are all blended together into a wonderful earthy dish that I eat for two or three days and feel so enriched.
Broccoli no more aspires to sizzling in a stir-fry than pigs dream of becoming ham.
Illustration By Brad Anderson
Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/nature-and-environment/how-plants-defend-themselves-zm0z13amzcom.aspx#ixzz2V5wPHauP
Just because we humans can’t hear them doesn’t mean plants don’t howl. Some of the compounds that plants generate in response to insect mastication — their feedback, you might say — are volatile chemicals that serve as cries for help. Such airborne alarms have been shown to attract both large, predatory insects such as dragonflies, which delight in caterpillar meat, as well as tiny parasitic insects, which can infect a caterpillar and destroy it from within
- So vegetarians might one day get over their smugness - the food chain is the food chain, we eat to survive and our bodies eventually contribute back to the cycle of life.
Spinach salad, but that’s not bacon…dried pear (from last summer) conserves. Plus Saltspring goat cheese, Raclette, and toasted seeds.
HH: This looks delicious!
Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls with Vanilla Glaze - Kelsey Banfield, The Naptime Chef
Food Art Portrait