Now that summer is 100% here and the temperature is creeping ever upwards, I'm putting a lot of make-ahead pasta and grain salads on the menu. This colorful salad is an oldie but goodie, and a variation of another favorite of mine, my Roasted Beet and Barley Salad. I love the bright pops of golden beets and red onions mixed in with the barley and wilted chard stems. It's all tied together with a quick lemony dressing and topped with a sprinkle of salty feta.
Photo by Yelena Strokin •WHY I LOVE IT: Because it could be a painting. Yelena's work is thoughtful, simple and dramatically lit. The choice of background and angle is perfection. That ray of light coming in and hitting the side of the beets feels like a winter light. I love it all.
Elegant vegetable gardens With outdoor space such a precious commodity these days, many contemporary kitchen gardeners prefer their vege plots to be as much about good looks as good food. This trend will continue into 2016 with stylish raised beds, potager gardens, beautiful obelisks and neat rows of coloured beets, bright red chilli bushes or pink flowering chives the order of the day. Clipped hedges of box, corokia or coprosma sharpen up the look even more.
It was my friend Shashi of Runnin Srilankin who inspired these brownies. She posted Chocolate Beet Cookies and I couldn’t stop thinking about them. I’d eaten (and loved) chocolate beet cake, but cookies? Then I wondered, what about brownies? Beets and brownies are buddies. If it seems strange to put beets into a dessert, consider...Read More »