Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Beet Dip

I have been thinking about how nourishment moves through us.  And by that I mean how do you shift the idea of nourishment of yourself, family and the people around you to something deeper. It has to be more than just eating the good food. It has to be more than curing childhood obesity. It has to be more than harvesting the corn. Could it be about our hearts? The center of all these things could be an acceptance of ourselves in the place we are in this moment and the loving that happens in this spot.  Believing my heart can love it all.  The starvation, the disease, the chemicals, the global warming, the jealousy, the anger, the heartbreak, the forgiveness, the destruction, the wonder, the beauty, the solutions. That in my loving there is transformation. The act of my love for all things now is the nourishment. I thought about that yesterday while making my beet spread ....which today I am eating on toast. Watching the fog in the meadow creep up the hill.

You all know I am very lucky to live in California where things are moving at lightening speed in the realm of food, and food consciousness. . There is a great radio program (that you can podcast) on weekly that covers things both in California and beyond called An Organic Conversation. It is hosted by Helge Hellberg and Mark Mulcahy. You can join their facebook as well.  A show dedicated to all the things I am sure you will love if you like this blog. Olive oil, canning, flowers, local farmers, food in schools, the environment. You get the point. The recipe I am posting today was inspired from their blog.  I  made a version of this dip last week and have changed a bit. An unexpected, colorful, vegan dip that is beautiful to look at and eat. It has a wonderful herbal quality that balances the earthy beets. The cashews mellow the whole thing out. I might add that it looks like Christmas in a bowl....I roasted a big plate of beets and used three medium/small beets for this recipe. Beets are in season right now, so it is a perfect time to find them locally. I used my food processor to blend the dip, and it took less than 5 minutes to make after the beets were roasted. Incredibly easy, and very festive. If you bring this to your next holiday party it will most likely be a topic of conversation. It might break some food barriers too. Beets are like that. They cut through the normal with their intensity. But whatever you do, don't let a six year old eat the beet dip on your white couch near your furry white pillows. Try not to let that happen...

Beet Dip
makes about 2 cups

1 1/2 cups roasted beets
1/3 heaping cup raw cashews
2 tbls. extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
pinch salt
1 heaping tsp. fresh chopped rosemary
zest of 1 orange
1 tsp. ground cumin

Wash the beets and put in an oven safe dish. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil and cover. Bake in oven for one hour at 375 degrees. Test for doneness by piercing beets with a sharp knife. If the knife goes through the beet easily, they are done. Let beets cool and remove beet skins with you fingers. It should slip off. Rought cut into cubes and measure out around 1 1/2 cups. Add to food processor with the other ingredients. Blend until smooth (mine took a couple of minutes)Yum!


heather said...

As I have said before...I love beets! I am making this for Christmas Eve dinner. Even if I eat the whole thing myself. ;)

mom2two said...

maybe i'll make this for nye.. i love beets!!

an old teacher of mine used to use beets as lip stain because she was allergic to mainstream cosmetics.

good to eat and beauty product all in one!

Anonymous said...

can't wait to try this! i love beets! i use beet powder for the very reason you say not to let your child near white anything after eating your dip. it makes the most beautiful magenta popcorn, pink whipped cream, as well as lipstain!! thanks for your blog and for you.

Jessica said...

I thought about lip stain today! Mix it with a little olive oil..wow what a color! I am going to try it..This dip was even better the day after...let me know what you think after you make it! xo

Cindy Rowland said...

Print the recipe out now. Looks like a total winner. Thanks!

Cindy Rowland said...

Beet powder!? I haven't seen any in cold Conneticut. But I'll be sure to grab some when I do!

allikpeters said...

It's delicious. Just whipped up a batch for a party tonight! Can't wait to show it off--what a color!

Jessica said...

Allikpeters..how did it go over at the party? Do share! :)

Anonymous said...

another exquisite one that i somehow missed. guess that's what the flu will do! i didn't like beets my entire life, until a dear person in my life pan fried them for a salad. now i love them; this new little treasure in my food life. love you, your recipes, your authenticity.

Cindy Rowland said...

Made this today. TASTY!!!

Jessica said...

Thanks Cindy!

Amanda D said...

I am making this and the asparagus for our New Years party tomorrow...can't wait!

Anonymous said...

I made this the other day, and...wow. It is fantastic!
So creamy, I never had envisioned beets in a dip before.
I subbed some pinot noir for the balsamic - it complimented the beets wonderfully!
Thanks for sharing :)

Jessica said...

love the pinot sub! I will try that next..thank you for sharing!! :)

niki said...

This looks so good - I can't wait to try it! Have you tried the Plant burger at Plant Cafe? It reminds me of this recipe because of the beets and cashews!

Jessica said...

Niki..I have not tried the plant burger..or been to Plant Cafe; is it in sf? I will try to get there next time I go. After you make it tell me what you think! Love the feedback


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