Well, just got back from seeing the disaster that is the Hobbit. I had thought to make victory snacks to sneak into the theatres, but ended up with a bitter taste in my mouth and managed only to press down a slice of the carrot cake bars. Nevertheless, this is what I made and what we just munched on upon arriving back at the homestead.
Alas, beet is such a messy process that there isn’t much time to stop and take photos even though I was anyway washing hands every few seconds- see, I decided to multi task and make the mushroom gravy at the same time. Not that I mind the happy fuss, but it is a bit like juggling agitated geese.
All in all, I love beet! So versatile and brightly fleshed- it really makes my eyes happy and excited to eat! Furthermore, the man-thing had seconds of the wrap, which comes not even two days after vehemently swearing that he wouldn’t go near the things because they were too glowy and colourful.
Still, I did make some modifications (as always) to the recipe for the beetballs (From FatFreeVeganKitchen): I didn’t bother with garlic or the dried porcini mushrooms, flax seeds or pecans. Instead I went with three blitzed zucchinis and some of the sunflower & pumpkin seed mix with cranberries, since I wasn’t in the mood to crush or crack open any other nuts. The tiny splash of sweetness in the odd beetball made for a rather refreshing twist, methinks.
Then, the sweet mushroom gravy! Mwowr! This was so easy and made me feel like a pro making it. Again, I left out the garlic and added a drizzle of honey- next time though I’ll leave out the soy and rather add a spoonful of balsamic or so- I don’t usually cook with salt and the combo of salt and veggie broth (which meant stock in my book) was too epic, so I ended up watering it down with two splashes of H2O and mixing it up. Nevertheless, what a divine recipe! I’m truly not shy about bringing my own Christmas meals to the table now that I have one sturdy sauce recipe under my belt- it will make my choices all the more versatile.
Do yourself a favour. Make beetballs. Don’t go see the Hobbit.