Beet Borscht

Beet Brosch

Beet Borscht and why you should eat more of it.
Total prep time is less than 45 min.
Serves: 8


1 tablespoon sunflower oil
2 large onions, halved and sliced
1,5 cups of parsnips, peeled, cut into 2-inch cubs (buy about a pound of them). You can substitute with 1.5 cups of potatoes or .75 cups of carrots and 0.75 cups or potatoes.
1.5 cups of beets, peeled and also cut into 2-inch cubes (buy about three large beets)
6 cups
1 large bunch dill, about 1½ cups (75g) loosely packed, plus some for garnish 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
1/4 teaspoon white pepper, plus more to taste
1/3 cup (80ml) canned coconut milk (the creamy kind) or Greek yogurt or sour cream
If you want to add some tartness to your broscht add 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Greek yogurt and dill for garnishment


In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat and add the onions. Cook, for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions look translucent. Add parsnips, beets, and water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. If there is some foam, happens most often if you add potatoes, skim off the foam.
Add the dill, salt, and white pepper, and reduce heat to low; simmer for 30-40 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft.
For tartness, add the apple cider vinegar but this is optional. Puree the mixture for a full 5 minutes using an immersion blender, or puree in batches in a food processor. Add more salt and white pepper to taste.
Serve the soup hot with a dollop of creamy coconut milk or Greek yogurt or sour cream and a sprig of dill.

Can be made 3 days in advance or freeze it for later, plus check out the benefits of beets. 

Don’t throw away your beet greens. They are loaded with vitamines and make a great side dish.

Antipasti Platter

Antipasti Platter

Arrange the meats, cheeses, and foccacia on a large platter. Arrange a platter of Pinzimonio. Place the Marinated Olives and Roasted Red Pepper Salad in small serving bowls. Serve, allowing guests to compose their own assortment of antipasti on their plate.  Make sure your guests have the correct utensils to cut the cheese.  How the cheese is cut will affect the taste.  Here is a guide on Cutting Cheese Right


Assorted cut-up vegetables (such as carrots, celery, fennel bulb, radishes, red and orange bell peppers, and cherry tomatoes) I also like the add a variety of berries.

Stir the oil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl to blend. Arrange the vegetables on a platter. Serve the vegetables with the dip. Depending on your group you may also add some dressing such as ranch or sweet mustard.

Marinated Olives:
Stir the oil, lemon zest, and red pepper flakes in a heavy small skillet over medium heat just until fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Add the olives and toss to coat. Add the basil; toss to coat. Serve.  (My family doesn’t care for marinated olives and veggies hence I only add them if I know my guest like them)

Other Options:

I also like to add nuts, jams, confits such as Confit d’Oignons au Vin Rouge, roasted chickpeas, my favorite red chili pepper jam, small pieces of onion tart. and a basket of Quark- Brötchen

Roasted Pepper Salad:
Preheat the broiler. Cover a heavy baking sheet with foil. Arrange the bell peppers on the baking sheet. Broil until the skins brown and blister, turning the peppers over occasionally, about 15 minutes. Enclose the peppers in a resealable plastic bag. Set aside until cooled to room temperature, about 20 minutes.

Peel, seed, and cut the peppers into 1/2-inch thick strips. Toss the pepper strips, olives, oil, capers, basil, garlic, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl to combine. Cover and refrigerate up to 2 days


Baked Falafels

Ready in 60 minutes
Serves 8
180 Calories


2 cups chopped spinach
3 large cloves garlic
1 large lemon (~2 1/2 Tbsp juice)
scant 1/2 tsp sea salt + black pepper
1 1/4 tsp cumin
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, well rinsed and drained
1/2 cup ground raw walnuts (or pecans, almonds, GF oat flour)


Add spinach, garlic, lemon juice, cumin, and a healthy pinch each salt and pepper to a food processor and mix to combine.
Add chickpeas and pulse until incorporated but still slightly chunky. You want to maintain a bit of texture.
Transfer to a mixing bowl and add nut meal (or oat flour) and mix again until a loose dough is formed that’s firm enough to be handled. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. I added a touch more salt.
Draw an “x” in the dough to form 4 sections, then use your hands to form into 4 large patties roughly 1/2-inch thick, if you want to make four burgers.  Or divide evenly into 8 smaller patties and serves as appetizer with Tzatziki Sauce.
Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and refrigerate or freeze for 15 minutes to firm up.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (in the meantime.

OPTIONAL STEP: For a little extra crust on the outside, before baking heat a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat and add 2 Tbsp olive or canola oil. Swirl to coat pan, then add falafel. Carefully flip once golden brown – about 3-4 minutes – and then cook on the other side until golden brown as well – 3-4 more minutes. Return to baking sheet to continue baking. Otherwise, just add them straight to the oven for baking.

Bake for a total of 30-40 minutes, flipping once at the halfway point for even cooking. The longer you bake them, the firmer they’ll get!
Serve warm wrapped in a pita or chard bun and desired sauces / toppings. Alternatively, serve atop a salad and use the garlic sauce as a dressing.
Burgers will store in the fridge, layered with parchment paper in an airtight container, for several days. Freeze to keep longer.

Roasted Chickpeas


1 (12 ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
2 tablespoons olive oil
cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
Blot chickpeas with a paper towel to dry them. In a bowl, toss chickpeas with olive oil, and season to taste with salt, garlic salt, and cayenne pepper, if using. Spread on a baking sheet, and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until browned and crunchy. Watch carefully the last few minutes to avoid burning.

Confit d’Oignons au Vin Rouge

confit d oignons

My recipe theme for August is recipes of famous artists.  I came up with this theme as I started research recipes for our cabaret night in August.  Since the Les Hydropathes, who later occupied the Le Chat Noir  in the bohemian Montmartre district of Paris, were not famous for their cooking; I had to resort to the recipes of famous artists and writers.  Although I do believe the Confit d’Oignons au Vin Rouge was a popular item back then.


1kg Roscoff onions
37,5cl red wine (bordeaux)
4 tbsp of raspberry vinegar
25g of four spices [Quatre Epices]
4 tbsp honey
olive oil


Peel and finely slice the onions.
Heat a saucepan with the olive oil and sweat the onions.
Reduce to very low heat and add the other ingredients. Simmer and simmer for 45 minutes. Long cooking will reduce onions, wine and vinegar.
Salt before leaving to cool in a pot.

Luis’ “Pastel De Verduras” Creation


Luis’ vegetable cake is a reinterpretation of a typical recipe of the Uruguayan cuisine, the meat pie. The meat pie is a dish present in the Roticerias and dishes of the day in the Restaurants of Uruguay. Of probable inspiration of Hachi Parmentier France, here presented is the version with vegetables (Parmentier of vegetables). Which can be prepared with vegetables of long season all the year,

Cold Green Borscht


You might recognize it as Schav, but we called it Cold Green Borscht, as opposed to Hot Green Borscht, as opposed to Cold Red Borscht, as opposed to Hot Red Borscht. Enough confusion? There is also Cold Shchi, as opposed to Hot Shchi, as opposed to Sour Shchi… Ok already!

The long and short of it is that we make it for Shavuos, and the only similarity between our recipe and the green stuff in a glass jar at your local supermarket, labeled Schav, is the presence of sorrel. Actually, sorrel is not even necessary, as we only added it to spinach which is the main ingredient. I use it when I can get it, and if I don’t get it, I just use more spinach.  In Poland, they used exclusively sorrel in the old times. It was the soup of pour people, and sorrel was a weed kids were…

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Chicken Chili with Chickpeas and Currants a la Blue Apron


This Chicken Chili will remind you of a warm Moroccan Night.  A heavenly delight while seeking shelter from the sirocco.  As a side you can add rice, pita chips for dipping or porridge.

Ingredients are calculated for two servings. Total prep and cooking time about 45 minutes.


10 oz chopped chicken breast
1 1/2 cups of chickpeas
3 cloves garlic
1 sweet potato
1 red onion
1 meyer lemon ( I have used regular lemons.  The meyer lemon is a lemon-orange hybrid and especially sweet.  I have also doubled the recipe and used one lemon and one orange.
2 tbsp chili power (or to taste if less spicy is desired)
1 1/2 tbsp dried currants
2 tbsp tomato paste


Wash and dry produce. Peel and medium dice the sweet potato, peel and small dice the onion.  Peel and roughly chop the garlic.  Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Quarter and deseed the lemon.

Pat the chicken dry with paper towels, season with salt and pepper.

In a large pan or pot, heat 2 tsp of olive oil, medium heat, till hot.  Add seasoned chicken, cook 4-6 minutes, stir occasionally.  Or until browned and cooked through.  Leaving any browned bits or fond in the pan, transfer chicken to a plate.

Add sweet potato and onion to the pan, season with salt and pepper.  Cook on medium heat, stir occasionally 2-3 minutes, or until browned and slightly softened.

Add garlic, tomato paste and chili powder (I usually only add 1 tbsp) and 2 cups of water to the pan; season with salt and pepper.  Cook 10 to 12 minutes, stir occasionally. Of until the liquid has thickened.

Add the currants and cook 1 to 2 minutes, stir occasionally or until thoroughly combined.

Turn off heat and stir in the juice of all 4 lemon wedges, season to taste.  You can still add more chili if you care to make it more spicy.

Serve with porridge, rice or pita bread.