The weather has turned. It is almost imperceptible, but the nighttime temperatures are near freezing, and fog and frost shroud the early morning hours. The sun struggles to bring us bright mornings under crystalline blue skies. Dawn arrives later, dusk descends earlier, and it encourages me to snuggle under my covers where it is warm. I try to resist since it leads to missing out on the sunlight, falling asleep past my regular bedtime, and perpetuates the desire to ignore my alarm.
My appetite has also changed with the season, and I yearn for comfort foods. Two large pots of chili materialized from my kitchen recently, but today my taste buds are demanding Borsch. I haven’t met a beet I didn’t love. Pickled with pearl onion, roasted and served with goat cheese and nuts, boiled, or steamed and tossed into salads, couscous, or quinoa, and even raw, beets are one of my favorite veggies. The bonus is folklore tells us they are a medicinal plant, and Brosch allows me to combine a lengthy list of superfoods into a single delectable bowl.
Besides the beetroot, I include the beet tops, onions, kale, or spinach, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, quinoa or white cannellini beans, and bay leaves into a steaming stockpot of aromatic homemade chicken stock. Brosch is a magical dish that lets me purge whatever is languishing in the fridge or pantry, and it always tastes fantastic. If there is a stray clove of garlic, it gets added to the pot. A little leftover tomato paste? I stir it in. And now science says these ingredients will help keep me healthy, ready to take on the world. I pass it on and serve a bowl of love.
What favorite food keeps you feeling well?
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Jo Hawk The Writer