I don't remember ever buying a beet. Never ate them as a kid, except sometimes the pickled, canned version would be on our table. Ick. Hubby often claimed beets are the only thing he didn't like to eat. Come to find out, it was the pickled, canned version he had been served also. Then, a couple of years ago, we were served a beet soup made by my Polish friend. It was delicious! Since then I've had them at restaurants, in salads, as side dishes. All yummy. I was happy to see this week's French Fridays With Dorie recipe: Chunky Beets and Icy Red Onions, on page 123 from "around my french table". Dorie says this is her go-to beet salad. I can understand why. We invited a dinner guest in honor of his birthday. He loves my go-to dish: Individual Beef Wellingtons. I thought the beet salad would make a great accompaniment. Dinner guest is a former Canadian farm-boy, now pediatric oncology nurse, and will eat just about anything as long as meat is on the table with it. He doesn't even care about dessert. It's the least I could do.
Assembling the Beef Wellingtons:
You might be wondering why this amateur didn't take a nice photo of her plated work. First reason might be she'd been into the cooking sherry and forgot. But really, between fetching the Wellie's from the oven and setting the pan on the counter, I sustained significant oven burns on my forearms!!! ( Hubby suddenly needed the kitchen towel dangling from the oven door handle, which, with the oven door being open, was now near the floor.) While tugging on the towel, the oven door popped up into the underside of my forearms. Hubby felt awfully bad while I held ice cubes on my arms, and later, looking at the blisters.
No, I didn't spill the food. A girl has to have priorities.
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