Community Garden Borscht

“Tom” and I have a garden plot in a nearby community garden. Today we went to the plot to do some harvesting and some tidying up. We dug up the rest of the potatoes:

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some carrots:

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some beets:

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and some kale:

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So if you had a large amount of potatoes, beets, carrots and kale, what would you make?

Borscht of course!

4 medium beets *

1 medium to large onion, diced **

2 stalks celery, diced

l large carrot, grated *

l large or 2 medium cloves garlic, pressed **

2 cups chopped Russian kale *

4 to 6 medium red potatoes, peeled and diced *

8 cups broth (I used 2 vegetarian beef bullion cubes and 2 veg cubes)

2 bay leaves

1 tbsp. dry dill

2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

4 medium tomatoes, peeled and chopped **

freshly ground black pepper

fresh dill, finely chopped **

Wrap the beets in foil and roast in oven at 400 degrees for about an hour. Unwrap the foil and slip the peels off the beets, then dice the beets. Meanwhile …

Cook the onion in a large pot over med heat. Add celery and carrot and garlic and continue cooking. Add a bit of water if necessary to prevent the vegetables from sticking while cooking. Add the chopped kale and the potatoes and continue cooking and stirring. When the vegetables soften up a bit, add the broth and the bay leaves and the dry dill and bring to a simmer. Stir in the vinegar and the tomatoes and simmer. Stir in the roasted beets and the black pepper and let simmer for a bit to let flavours develop and to cut the edge off the black pepper. Just before serving, stir some fresh dill into the pot, and then sprinkle some on the bowls of soup when it is served.

* from our own garden

** from the local farmers market

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Ta-dah! Beautiful rosy, healthy borscht!

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4 thoughts on “Community Garden Borscht

  1. It’s great to see the pics of the garden picked veggies and then the soup. Looks yummy!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Does Tom eat Borscht? Just wondering.

    • msokane says:

      Of course he does! He’s also the king of soup making around here so his good opinion is important. He thoroughly approved of this big pot of borscht! Yum!

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