Jun 17, 2012

Roasted Beet Soup #Sunday Supper

I had this post already in line, (my 100th!), when I heard about and joined Sunday Supper
The idea of the family supper, the gathering around the table to share a homemade meal speaks of warmth and care and love. Today's theme is father's day, or a male figure in our life. This is one of the few celebration days where the north and south calendars match (I'm in Buenos Aires, so we are starting our winter).

I had just had lunch with my dad a few days ago and had been laughing about one of our greatest issues when I was growing up. This is not his favorite dish, but since I've been in bed with pharyngitis for the last week, I'm posting this which, after all, is about sharing time with my father and having a good time together.

My father made me eat fish as a kid. We laugh about it now, but at the time it was my worst nightmare. I hated it, even threw up once, but still, he would serve it to me again and again until I ate some. He said we should be able to eat anything. (For the record we never had to eat cucumber because he didn't like it and then he would be forced to eat it too, something that gave way to endless debates over the years).

The idea sounds good, to not be picky about food, but it didn't work; more than thirty years later I still don't like fish, it didn't build my character or my palate. It might even have had the opposite effect, since I'm sure I would be eating some now given the time to develop a taste for it. 
How I dreaded those dinners when I knew what was cooking, literally. I felt I was being tortured in the worst possible way. Well, in my defense I was a budding teenager and as such, whatever was going on at the time in my own life seemed of life or death importance. My associations are a bit more thoughtful and profound now.

I didn't like pears or tomato sauce or sometimes even grated parmesan cheese, and of course grew to love them. So my intolerance to anything fishy is a big disappointment; I find pictures very appealing and I do like to cook it, just never for myself since my goal is, of course, to enjoy my food.

Beets are also an acquired interest as an adult. It wasn't on my father's radar so I slowly discovered it. What always bothered me was boiling them since the water would turn so red that it felt like you got half of what you started with. Now, I always roast them, putting the washed beets in a foil pouch with some black pepper and olive oil, so they remain extremely flavorful. Then use it a lot in risotto. Or with other roasted veggies, directly from the bowl, drizzled with extra olive oil.
It was not long ago that I discovered borscht or beet soup. It has vodka in it which gives it a fresh, sharp tone, together with the earthy flavor of the beets; everything goes into the blender so it's not only different it´s also  easy to make. 

It's great cold or hot, and the color! I am amazed at it every single time I make it. Everyone should make it at least once just to get that oohh feeling. Really, I get so excited by the smallest things in my kitchen that sometimes feel like I'm eight and just found some hello kitty stickers. There's never a boring moment, all courtesy of Mother Nature.

My dad came to lunch and I made him this soup. He loved it. And I behaved like a loving daughter and didn't, accidentally, made tzatziki or cold cucumber soup. How nice am I? He also left with a piece of cake for his afternoon tea.

adapted from Miss Dahl´s Voluptous Delights, by Sophie Dahl

Note: this soup is good hot or cold.


6 medium beets, washed but not peeled
½ medium red onion, chopped
1 scallion or green onion, chopped
Olive oil
about 6 cups vegetable or chicken stock
a shot of Vodka
juice of ½ a lemon
Heavy cream
Salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 350ºF/180ºC
Put washed beets on a big piece of aluminum foil. Drizzle with a Tbs of olive oil, some black pepper and close the foil making a packet. Put on a baking sheet and bake for 1 ½ hours. This depends on the size of the beets. They are done when they can be easily pierced with a fork.
Let cool. Peel and cut in medium pieces.
Sweat the red and green onion with some olive oil in a large pan for about 5 minutes. Do not let them brown. Add the beets and some stock and let simmer for 5 minutes.
Transfer to a blender, add vodka, lemon juice and puree until smooth. Check for seasonings and add more stock if you want a thinner soup.
Transfer to serving bowls, drizzle some cream on top and sprinkle with dill.
Serves 4.

Here's the impressive array of recipes for this SundaySupper:

Dad's Omelette Bar Small Wallet Big Appetite 
Peanut Butter and Honey for breakfast  Yummy Smells 
Healthy French Toast   In the Kitchen with Audrey

Soup, Salads and Bread:
Phil's Pasta Tuna Salad   The Watering Mouth 
Dad's Cornbread Magnolia Days 

Main Dishes:
Greek Burger  Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
Bacon stuffed Juicy Lucy Burger  Are you Hungry?
Spicy Roasted Salmon in Coconut  Sue’s Nutrition Buzz 
Dad's Pride of Mobile Fried Oysters  Pescetarian Journal
Smoked Baby Back Ribs  Girl in the Little Red Kitchen 
Grilled Pork Tora’s Real Food 
Beef Tongue in Tomato Sauce  Basic and Delicious 
Bibim Naeng Myun Kimchi Mom
Chicken Biryani  Soni’s Food for Thought
Black Beans and Rice  Mama’s Blissful Bites
Curry Fish with Mixed Vegetable  MyTrials in the Kitchen
Bacon récipes for Dad Momma Cuisine 
Roast Beef Roll Ups Daily Dish Recipes 

Sweet tooth:
Bread and Butter Pudding  Cositas Bonitas  
Tin Roof Sundae Ice Cream famfriendsfood
Coconut Cream Pudding  Chocolate Moosey
Black Forest Cheesecake  Cravings of a Lunatic
Macadamia Nut Cookies  Pippi’s in the Kitchen Again
Peach Cobbler Bars   Juanita’s Cocina  
Iced Cookie Bars That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Wine Pairings for Father's Day  ENOFYLZ


  1. What a pretty and vibrant soup! Just looking at it perks me up. Thank you for sharing it for #SundaySupper

  2. The look of this soup is so impressive! Its daring and edgy. I like very much. Buzz buzz buzz.

  3. So I am obsessed with beets so I am excited to try give this a try.

  4. Gorgeous color of this beet soup!!We love beets too and I cannot wait to try your recipe :)

  5. This soup is GORGEOUS! I love the colors!

  6. I'm so glad you joined us for #SundaySuppers! I just roasted some beets...and can't get enough of them. Your soup looks fabulous~

  7. I have always been mesmerized by a blazing red bowl of beet soup. Your soup looks wonderful.

  8. That's what fathers are for, I used to have to sit in front of an orange for hours until I ate it, now I love them!!!

  9. Paula, our synchronicity continues! This recipe looks so wonderful and simple. And I am the little boy who found a cap gun to your little girl with her Hello Kitty stickers! Such joy in food is infectious. Happy Father's Day to you AND your dad. ~ David

  10. How delightful! We use beets to make our food colored. Audrey loves pink pancakes with a little beet puree.

  11. My daughter loves fish, but she doesn't eat cheese unless melted OR if it's feta. My son hates fish if it's sushi. Both will eat anything else. So, I'm not complaining - leaves more for me on both ends. LOL

  12. Great idea to roast the beets! I loved reading about you and your father in this post!

  13. Love the specks of green dill in the soup!

  14. I love that you shared this with us... I think we can all remember something our parents made us eat as kids...that's why I implemented a no thank you bite at our house. I am so glad you are a part of #SundaySupper!

  15. Beautiful soup! These are some of the flavors of my family history (Scandinavia).

    1. I´m very attracted to scandinavian pastry mainly. Really don´t know why, maybe I have some hidden ancestors!

  16. Wow this looks great! I've never had beet soup, but I do love beets.

  17. Winter is also starting here in Sydney and this looks like a delicious and warming dish for a cold night. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Since we made a beet salad last Friday for FFWD, I was reminded once again how much I love beets. I also roast them. When I was a kid, my mother was cooking beets in the pressure cooker (do you remember them), the lid blew, the beet juice hit the ceiling and all hell broke loose. It didn't help that my brother and I laughed. I have never made beet soup but I think when it's Winter again in North America, I might just do that. I love cucumbers!

    1. I bet it took a long time to get the stains out!

  19. This is really cool. I've never had beet soup before. It's looks really amazing.

  20. OOh, I am partial to beets and this looks just delish !!! Yumm ! pinning it on my savvy healthy soup board and making it sometime! TKX for sharing !!

  21. So glad my dad never forced me to eat anything. Then again I wasn't a picky eater either. I love beets but never had beet soup. I think I would prefer this cold. Thanks for sharing :)

  22. I can't stop clicking through your recipes. Your blog is gorgeous and everything looks amazing!!


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