An official dot com website has long been in the making for me, and I’ve also known what the name would be for quite some time. Beets are by far my favorite vegetable, and there aren’t many days that don’t involve riding a bike. In my opinion, it’s quite a catchy little phrase that sums me up pretty well! Beets and Bikes will be a continuation of my blog, but will now include weekly workouts, even more recipes, and my health coaching business. Having recently graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, I’m excited to get the party started and begin helping people be healthier and happier by developing an understanding and appreciation of food (from growing and cooking to, of course, eating). This part of the website will be up within the next couple of weeks, but I couldn’t wait to share the rest with you now!
To officially celebrate the launch of Beets and Bikes, a beet-a-licious party was in order. I forewarned all the party-goers that the glorious purple root would be the star of the show (since not everyone is such a fan as yours truly), but everyone was more than game to imbibe mass quantities of beetiness. One fellow beet lover even posted this quote before the party, and I had to repost it here since it was beyond perfect:
“The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious.
Slavic peoples get their physical characteristics from potatoes, their smoldering inquietude from radishes, their seriousness from beets.
The beet is the melancholy vegetable, the one most willing to suffer. You can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip…
The beet is the murderer returned to the scene of the crime. The beet is what happens when the cherry finishes with the carrot. The beet is the ancient ancestor of the autumn moon, bearded, buried, all but fossilized; the dark green sails of the grounded moon-boat stitched with veins of primordial plasma; the kite string that once connected the moon to the Earth now a muddy whisker drilling desperately for rubies.”
-Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume
I can certainly attest to the “murderer returned to the scene of the crime” bit. My kitchen (and hands and arms) looked like there had been a massacre after making no less than eight beet dishes!
The Menu, with links to all recipes (hover over name for link), is below. Guests were greeted at the door with a mandatory beet shot (cul sec!), and then went on to nosh on a variety of dishes. Narrowing down the choices for this menu was difficult to say the least, so I think another beet party is in order. There’s even talk of a special beet beer being brewed for the event…
I look forward to sharing this site with you, and please feel free to email me through the Contact page or comment on a post and let me know what you think!
Beet Lemonade (spiked with a wee bit of vodka)
Creamy Beet and Tahini Dip
Pickled Beet Eggs with Beet Filling (this pickled beet egg with this filling)
Beet and Goat Cheese Tart
Beet and Beet Green Fritters
Beet Pretzels with Pistachio Pesto Filling
Mini Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cakes with Beet Glaze
Dark Chocolate Beet Brownies