Tuesday, July 8, 2008

A Damselfly in Distress and A Nice Recipe Using Golden Beets

Yesterday, on the way for an x-ray in Chelsea, we helped this damselfly get out of the middle of the sidewalk and safely onto this gate. I like little reminders that nature exists even in a hot summer city.

Then we found some beautiful golden beets and paired them with some of the apricots we had left from the weekend. I had every intention of making a beautiful cherry and apricot clafoutis or maybe even a galette and making my baking blog friends think I was cool, but the fruit was so good we popped them all weekend. There were only a few apricots left so I threw them in this salad with excellent results.

Golden Beet and Apricot Salad with Mint,
Nasturtium and Goat Cheese

(for 2)

-3-4 nice size golden beets, steamed boiled or roasted until tender
(If you're serving more people, have at least two beets per person I'd say)
-a few apricots, sliced in wedges with a squeeze of lemon
-fresh mint leaves, washed and torn or cut small
-a little nasturtium flower or two, torn in half or thirds would be nice for a soft peppery flavor
-a small round of a soft goat cheese, the most delicious you can get
(possibly one you're so addicted to you should get it free you advertise it so much)

-Sea salt and fresh black pepper
-Walnut oil

Slice the beets about a 1/2 inch thick. Slice Apricots into wedges and give a squeeze of lemon. Let sit for a few minutes and then arrange on a plate with little pieces of the goat cheese and the torn scattered mint and nasturtium (if you have it) on top.
Add a little sea salt a grind of black pepper to taste and a good drizzle of walnut oil.


Anonymous said...

I keep noticing a lot of dragonflies outside my front door. I'm sure that's good luck :)
Your salad is perfect for this NY weather!

Anonymous said...

This sounds delicious! beets are my favorite! this will be treat this week!

AC said...

oops i meant this salad but you get the idea! and those lemon buttermilk cookies sound awesome too!

we have only gotten mosquitos so far and they are eating me alive. i take comfort knowing that they think i am so sweet.

ok maybe not so much :(

heidi said...

that looks SO yummy. Perfect summer meal.

{this is glamorous} said...

The salad sounds delicious! If only I weren't such a terrible cook, I would try the recipe in an instant.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful salad!

Mrs.French said...

You do-gooder you! Oh and this salad makes my mouth water...mmmmmm.