Monday, April 04, 2011

Beauteous beets (and other things in the LA farmers markets in April)

beauteous, scrubbed beets

Los Angeles is shedding its winter coat, the birds are singing; Spring has boinged in like Zebedee. The farmers markets are jam-packed with citrus, strawberries, golden beets and asparagus. I got four bunches of gorgeous, small, round radishes for $2, two bunches of sweet peas for $4 and tiny beets in every shade of pink and gold. 

You can watch my findings here:

Fifteen old friends came to supper last night, a Clein + Feldman reunion.  It was, of course, just as if twenty years hadn't gone by: everyone looked the same, sounded the same, but maybe wiser, greeted each other as if we'd been in the office together just yesterday.

Here is my favorite, simple recipe for beets:

Baby beets with walnuts, feta, dill

  • Wash beets, cut off the leaves and the tail. Wrap each one separately in aluminum (tin) foil, throw onto a baking tray and bake for about 30 minutes at 350F (maybe longer, depending on size). You will smell when they're cooked.  Let them cool a little and then peel each one with your fingers. The skin will fall off easily. 
  • Cut each beat into four, vertically, like an apple.  Toss with some good olive oil, a little salt.  Sprinkled with chopped walnuts, some crumbled feta, some chopped dill.


That's Not My Age said...

Wow what a fantastic farmer's market - I always go to Union Square when I'm in New York but the produce is not so beauteous. They do a nice apple cider though!

legend in his own lunchtime said...

I was just singing your praises today about the lovely food posts. You never dissapoint.