THE BEETROOT REVIVAL

Beetroot. Love it? Hate it? Not really sure….this might get your beetroot buds tingling, take a sneaky peak…

beet cake from tiger in a jar on Vimeo.

If we had a zillion hours on our hands here at monkfish castle that’s the exact video we would have made to pronounce our love of beetroot! On a recent episode of the Great British Food Revival the self proclaimed ‘greedy Italian’ Mr Antonio Carluccio uncovered some beetroot facts and brought us the shocking truth about how this beautiful purple root vegetable is losing the plot in our fields.  Yes, in the last thirty years half of our beetroot fields in the UK have disappeared.

Please forget your childhood memories of pickled, over-cooked, vinegary slices! Get roasting, carpaccio-ing, baking and sautéing this amazing purple root veg, it has endless opportunities in your kitchen! Let your imaginations run wild…it’s earthy, sweet, nutty, versatile and delicious and it loves a salty accompaniment. Think smoked fish, goat’s cheese, capers, fennel, game and beef, the list is endless.

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And don’t forget, it’s not all about eating these mighty purple ones – beetroot is now getting used in a proper grown up way too – as an ingredient to some of the finest cocktails shaken and stirred in the UK. Wow, happy days. Come on monkfish fans, get to your local farmers market this weekend and purchase some lovely beets – your life (and health) will be better for it. Bring back the beet!

“Beetroot is a remarkable, healthy and delicious vegetable that is fast becoming ubiquitous at the nation’s most fashionable dinner tables – the days when it was simply picked and served from a jar with salad cream have long since disappeared. It’s healthy, versatile and delicious – and finally gaining the popularity it deserves.” Mark Hix

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