Beetroot Greens Curry and a trip to the other lake

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Beetroot Greens Curry and a trip to the other lake

Serves: 2-4
Cost: ~€0.40
Preparation time: ~30 minutes
Calories: ~445 if shared between two people

Happy Sunday everyone. I hope you’re all having a great weekend so far. I’m off to IKEA today (gee, I sure seem to go there a lot) to buy some sort of storage solution to handle our overflowing cupboards. It’s not that we have an excess of stuff, it’s just pretty badly organised. In our hallway we have some very large floor-to-ceiling cupboards, built into the wall. We store all sorts of things in there – camera equipment, shoes, coats, a pizza stone, jars of jams and preserves… I think there’s even an old computer box shoved in there somewhere. It’s not perfect, but at least things don’t come tumbling down and bury you when you open the doors. In any case, we’ve just started doing a bit of a clean up. We’ve vowed to go through the apartment, room by room, and give it a good clean. Finally sorting through that sack of papers and documents which has been mounting up over the past few months. I tell you, banks are the biggest culprit for sending you unwanted paper. I’ve switched over to digital statements for every single account, but there’s one account which doesn’t support this feature it seems and every couple of weeks we get a new envelope each from the bank. Of course, they’re not content with sending both of us a statement consisting of several sheets of A4 paper, but naturally they have to stuff in some literature telling us about their “fantastic new borrowing rates”, or urging us to open up yet another savings account.

I find that charities are really bad for this as well. It doesn’t matter how much you’re giving to them each month, they’ll always write to you (by letter of course, never by a more environmentally friendly method) asking for more. If you happen to have donated to an American charity, from Europe, then they’ll even send a letter out to you by air-mail. I take a look at the stamp and see that they spent $1.50 on postage and I despair. Come on guys… save your money. You could have used that money for something so much more useful than sending me junk across two continents which I’m going to put straight into the recycling bin.

Anyway – I managed to head out to take some photos on Friday evening by the lake (a different lake… not the one with coypus). The weather was absolutely terrible and it soon started raining, but it was nice to get out and about with my camera.

River

It started off pleasant enough though. I took a little wander by the river and tried my best to sneak up on a heron which was sitting on the opposite bank but alas, whenever I got within shooting distance it heard me and flew off. I did see a little duckling, paddling around in the water, but again, as soon as I went close, it frantically swam back to its mother, sitting in the reeds.

Sluice gate

This is the river which is fed by the lake above. I’ve actually never walked along this part of it, and I soon found that there was another little stream, feeding into the main river, controlled here by the little sluice gate. I made a mental note to explore where that stream comes from next time. You may be able to see a fence on the right-hand side of the stream here. It would appear that this is someone’s back yard :(. They’re totally living the dream there… I’d love to have a stream or river at the bottom of my garden… I’d really make it a nice place to sit and relax though, instead of just letting it get all overgrown with nettles.

Blackberry buds

On my way back to the lake I noticed that the blackberry bushes were flowering nicely – always a good sign. Another month or two and we’ll start having some nice, plump blackberries. Last year I missed their prime. By the time I got out to pick some, it seemed like the bushes had been picked clean but this year I’m going to try my best to get a nice harvest from the hedgerows.

Crab Apples

Back at the lake, I noticed these beauties growing on a tree. I’m not entirely sure what they are, but I think they might be crab apples. Thinking about it now, I should have picked one and dissected it at home – oh well, next time maybe :) At this point, it started to rain quite hard so I dove into the forest bordering the lake for a bit of shelter, in the hope of finding some toadstools to photograph. Mother nature wasn’t really playing ball that day though and there was nothing to be found, although there were plenty of puddles and lots of mud.

The little bridge

I actually discovered a little path which I’ve never seen before – it leads right down to the water’s edge and goes over a stream via this rickety old bridge. I’ll admit to being a bit overcautious and poking each plank of wood with my foot before stepping on it. Falling through a bridge isn’t my idea of fun, but luckily it was strong (enough) and I didn’t end up on my backside in the mud and water below!

The lake

On my way back I found that at the very end of the lake there’s a smaller “feeder” lake. A river seems to flow into this smaller lake which then feeds the larger lake. Because the smaller lake is higher than the main one there is a small, but fast, waterfall as water crashes down and what should I see in the middle of the raging torrent of water, but a small branch. Perched on the branch were two young ducks, and their mother was swimming around nearby. It didn’t seem like a very restful place to sit, but I suppose the ducks don’t really care about that! If you’re interested, I actually filmed them for a bit and uploaded the clip to YouTube – you can check it out here.

Ducks

On to the food though! In my last post I did promise you a recipe using the beetroot greens. If one counts these wonderful, edible “extras” as an added bonus of buying raw beetroot then when you think about it, this dish is actually incredibly cheap to make. I think it probably gets the prize for being one of the cheapest things I’ve made on my site – definitely the most satisfying cheap dish. Think about it – beetroot greens would normally be chucked away, so let’s count those as not costing anything. Potatoes? They cost peanuts, and what else is there? Water? A bit of spice? A bit of oil and some onion? Yep – this is cheap food at its best, and the complex, earthy flavours of the beetroot greens really give a great flavour to the dish.

Thanks to the potato this is a one pot meal. There’s no need to cook up any rice although you can if you really feel like it. Incidentally, for next time, I found that the dish would really go well with something that has a fresh flavour so I’ll be serving it on a bed of lettuce leaves next time, with a generous dollop of raita as well.

Have a great day everyone and see you next week!

Beetroot Greens Curry

Ingredients

Beetroot Greens Curry ingredients

  • A couple of large handfuls of Beetroot Greens
  • 2 large Potatoes
  • 2 Onions
  • 2 tbsps Olive Oil
  • ~200ml Water
  • 3-4 tsps Curry Powder
  • 2 tsps Turmeric
  • 2 tsps Plain Flour (replace with potato starch for gluten free alternative)
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Hard-boiled Eggs, for serving (optional – omit for vegan alternative)

Instructions

  1. Start off by peeling and finely chopping your onions. I’m not talking roughly hacked apart – really dice that thing into itty bitty pieces. When it cooks down it will help bulk out your sauce and give it a great consistency. Heat the olive oil in a large pan and when very hot, add in the onion and fry until starting to go soft, stirring regularly. Add in the curry powder, turmeric, cinnamon, plain flour and half of the water to the onions and stir well to combine.
    Chopping the onion
  2. While the onion is frying, wash your beetroot greens well and slice up roughly, including the stems. When the onion has softened lower the temperature of the stove a little and add the greens to the pan and continue frying for a minute or two, stirring regularly, until the greens have wilted down a little and decreased in volume by about one third.
    Slicing the greens
  3. Peel and finely dice the potatoes. Again, these should be quite finely cut as they will need to cook in a relatively small volume of water and a relatively short time. Make each piece about the same size as a green pea. Add to the pan with the rest of the ingredients and stir. If the pan is starting to look a little dry then add the rest of the water. You may need more or less water depending on how hot your stove is, but this shouldn’t be a very saucy dish, so don’t add too much in one go.
    Dicing up the potato
  4. Cover the pan with a lid and allow the potatoes to cook until very soft for about 10 minutes. Stir the curry periodically and add extra water if needed. When the potato is soft remove the lid and allow to cook uncovered for a few minutes to thicken up, if needed. Serve with something which has a bit of crunch – maybe on some lettuce leaves, and something fresh tasting, such as raita. Garnish with a sliced boiled egg if desired and enjoy!
    Beetroot Greens Curry



    Beetroot Greens Curry

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81 Comments

  1. I watched your video and I felt really sorry for those ducks. In the whole of Europe is there nowhere more comfortable? This is a really interesting curry. I’ve never thought to make a curry from beet greens. Are the greens you use from the very young beets or are they from the tough old birds? xx

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    • Hi Charlie – I’m guess they enjoyed it, sitting there, although it doesn’t look very comfortable to me :/

      The greens I used are from youngish beets, but you could use even ones from older ones, no problem!

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  2. So pretty – I love that plants are all beautiful green. Some parts of California is so dry, and my area is relatively okay, but you will see brown mountains everywhere because it’s so dry. It must be so relaxing to be in the green.

    How interesting that you used beetroot greens for curry. But I do kind of similar thing and I put some veggies that kids don’t like in Japanese curry (because they like Japanese curry). Heehee :-) Very nutritious curry!

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    • Hi Nami – I feel lucky to live in a place where you can still find lush green areas like this, even in summer. In the morning or evening, the grass is all damp from the dew!

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  3. This curry looks good, Charles — I’d like it because my favorite way to eat beet greens is sauteed in peanut oil with cumin seeds. The stream and lake look so pretty in the rain (great light), beautifully green.

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    • Hi Sharyn, it started raining really hard after a while – rain is my photographic nemesis though… the same as snow. I find it impossible to take a photo which accurately shows just how hard the rain or snow is. One day maybe… :)

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  4. I’ve never enjoyed beet greens. I have no idea why. I was really happy when I got chickens because they love them and I didn’t feel guilty tossing them out.

    I never made a curry with them before and I bet I’d love this.

    Love the photos!

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    • Thanks Maureen – I’d like some chickens… one day perhaps… but they can think again if they think they’re going to get their beaks on my beetroot greens… they’re *mine*!

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  5. Great photos, Charles, dispite the weather. I had heard Europe and the UK are being deluged with rain; I just hope it gets all the rain out of its system before we arrive in the fall. I love the pictures of the little ducks, so cute.
    What a creative use of beet greens, the colours look great. It’s really too hot and humid for a curry here in Toronto, but I will bookmark for a cooler day.

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    • Hi Eva – it’s true, we’re having an insane amount of rain in England and France right now. Very un-summery. I took a week’s vacation to “enjoy the summer” in a week… I hope the weather has got a bit better by then!

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  6. My husband can’t stand beetroot but I know he loves these leaves so this will go down a treat. I’m totally with you on the mountain of paper that comes through the post every day, and you’re right because half of it is spam from companies you’re already using! Love the little walk you’ve foundl I get back from my trip hopefully just in time for picking blackberries but given the lack of sunshine we’ve had this yea, I seriously wonder whether we’ll get a decent crop this year!

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    • Hi Noodle – I love going out to pick blackberries… isn’t it fun? I’d always go out with my parents when I was younger and we’d make an afternoon of it… take some tea and cake and spend some hours picking as much as we could. We’d usually get several kilos and would be able to enjoy many pies and jams as a result! Good luck in your picking this year!

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  7. This is a wonderful looking curry, Charles, and so healthy! What beautiful lake shots…is this close to your home, like within walking distance? You alluded to a different lake, but I think I must have missed something. At any rate, love the shots…all so green from the rain. And it would be lovely to have a lake in one’s back yard. A divine looking place to spend the day, I think!

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    • Hi Betsy – the other lake I posted about was in this post. The lake sadly isn’t within walking distance, but it takes only about 20 minutes to get to by car, so one can definitely visit it very easily :)

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  8. Great curry, if there’s one thing I love it’s curry with eggs. I wonder if you can buy beet greens here or are they something you only have if you grow your own. I’ll have to go searching. Lovely photos, but what are those ducks doing sitting there? It doesn’t look too comfortable and rather precarious. GG

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    • Hi GG – I know, right? Isn’t curry with eggs “awesome”? Way too few people eat this delicious combination! :D

      I do agree… the ducks didn’t look too comfortable at all, but they didn’t seem to mind too much!

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  9. What gorgeous pictures of your hike along the stream! What a beautiful place. The picture of the ducks is awesome and enjoyed your little video. Hum – curried beet greens. Now I might like this one because I’m a huge curry fan. Another recipe to send the sister for sure. Hope you’re having a marvelous weekend!

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    • Thanks so much MJ – I’m glad you enjoyed them. My shoes didn’t fare too well in the rain and mud. Sigh… wearing black suede shoes on a trip into a wet forest wasn’t one of my finer ideas :(

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  10. I loved this post Charles. First up Ikea – where would we be without it?! And I can easily persuade Big Man to go because here in Malaga they not only srerve beer but also do a wonderful pork knuckle in the restaurant ;) Agreee with you re the banks and charities – they still insist on mailing me here in Spain, it´s so wasteful. Beautiful shots too. Everything looks so green and lush compared to dry old Andalucía. Mind you, I expect we´ll get an overdose of green and lush when we head to the UK in 10 days for a month! And finally, a wonderful curry recipe and you know I have a beetroot greens “dealer” across the hamlet from me so I hope to give this one a go before we leave. Great post, thanks!

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    • Hi Chica – I love the many different things they have on offer in IKEA. Today they had so many nice looking things, although I have to admit that it’s always “meatballs for life” for me when I go there. Brown sauce, meatballs, mashed potato and lingonberry jam!

      On the way out later they were selling hot cinnamon buns at the little hotdog stand…. Gah, the smell was making me feel weak!

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  11. A wonderfully colourful curry. The greens are something I would actually eat unlike the beet portion of the plant. :)

    I enjoyed exploring this other lake with you from the comfort of my home and appreciate your risking a rickety bridge to get some interesting shots. The two young ducks are definitely in their element (water) … pardon me for the lame joke but I haven’t had my first cup of coffee of the day yet.

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    • lol, thanks A_ – I’m glad you enjoyed the photos :)
      I was most surprised at just how cheap the dish ended up being once I’d calculated it all. One of the cheapest things I ever made!

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      • Speaking of inexpensive greens … on more than one occasion I’ve looked at the giant dandelions in my back garden and though of digging them up and using them to make something useful/tasty. The kale and chorizo soup I made today (I know, it’s 90 deg F outside, I must be crazy) could have been made with dandelion greens.

        It’s the first time I’ve ever bought or cooked with kale so I AM making progress in adding new veggies to my cuisine/palate. :)

        I forgot to mention that in the US/Canada we call them just beets not beetroot. Perhaps because using the tops or green portion isn’t very common so we don’t need to differentiate.

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        • Mm, I’ve frequently wanted to try cooking with dandelions, or “pissenlit” as they’re called in France.

          I saw your kale and chorizo soup, it looked delicious. Makes me jealous I can’t get kale here. I think I tried to leave a comment on that post but something happened when it was posting… my computer lost the internet connection or something so maybe it didn’t save.

  12. I enjoyed the outing Charles, and thankfully I didn’t get wet. The ducks look like they are on a carnival ride in your video. The beet greens sound very good in a curry dish. Most beetroot in our markets are sold with the greens and I usually sauté them with olive oil and garlic and then add roasted beet root to the dish.

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    • Hi Karen – you’re lucky that the greens are still attached. It seems that many places just lop them off thinking that most consumers would view them as “trash”.

      Thanks for your kind comment – I’m glad you enjoyed the photos! :)

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      • When you think of France and its wonderful reputation for great food, it is amazing that so many things are cast aside which are really delicious to eat.

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  13. Hi Charles, first, I want to apologize for my late respond to your comment on my blog. I had a little road trip, and no internet for a week…
    Second, your video and all photos are amazingly warming despite of rain. Those ducks are such a cute couple…
    Your chopping skills are perfect, I need to tell you. Do you have a secret how to cut onions and potatoes into such a precise pieces? Curry looks fantastic. Do you blanch beet leaves before you add it to potatoes?

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    • Charles, I just read your delightful interview with Maureen from Orgasmic Chef. It is fascinating to learn more about the real person behind the blog. :)

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    • Thanks so much Marina – I’m so glad you enjoyed the video and the interview with me too! I was reading about your road trip – looked like so much fun!

      As for the chopping… no secret… just a good, sharp knife :). A good knife solves all of the problems in a kitchen ;)

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  14. I like to use the expression “cheap and cheerful.” I think that aptly describes your dish Charles. My mom got me hooked on beetroot greens, but I’ve only ever cooked them up plain. This is a creative way to use those greens. Nicely done!

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    • Thanks Barb – I actually went through my early years thinking greens – carrot, beet, radish – were all poisonous, or, if not “poisonous” per se then just not good to eat. Blogging showed me that other people eat them a lot which made me eager to try them. One of the best things I’ve learned!

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  15. I love the ducks, stunning shot! The light in your lake pictures is just beautiful and curry is one of my absolute favorites!

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    • Thanks so much Laura – my wife really loves that shot too!

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  16. Charles, the ducks photo is amazing! You should put it in a photo contest!
    I also have a dish with beetroot greens from my childhood… and I must say I loved it a bit more. Maybe it’s the earthy taste of roots that I disliked? Anyway, it’s an extremely original curry! I’m also intrigued by your use of only turmeric and cinnamon… It looks really appetising. Another one for the beetroot cookery book ;-)

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    • Haha, thanks Sissi – my wife declared that “one of the best photos I’ve ever taken”… I’m not sure about that, but I guess it’s not bad. I experimented with different shutter speeds – too fast and the water just looked static, but if I slowed it down a bit then you got a good feeling of the movement of the water!

      Definitely another one for the beetroot cookery book, haha :D

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  17. I love the photo of the ducks! The water makes it look like such a harsh environment and the ducks have to huddle to keep their footing. Well done on that!

    The curry looks fantastic, I’d love to eat that for dinner right now. :D

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    • Hi Jenny – it was really quite noisy and rapid water there. Such a curious place to sit. I wonder if they’re still there now?

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  18. And I thought you didn’t cook curry? That is a great dish. You would find it quite often in Indian kitchen. Green leaves are called ‘saag’ and cooking saag in a curry form is awesome. My whole family loves them. Though not a fan of beetroot, I love beetroot greens.

    That video is so cute. I have a feeling the ducklings were sitting there on purpose – maybe it’s their idea of thrill? Much like our roller coasters or something??

    We have a wetland right in our backyard. A beautiful stream runs through it. It’s preserved land, and we can’t do anything there (we are not even allowed to take out bushes unless it’s on our marked property. In summer it becomes inaccessible because of the thick forest growth around it. We often have deers, coyotes and all sorts of exquisite animals visiting us every now and then. I am not a early morning person, but ever since we moved in to this house, I love getting up in the morning and watch the sun peeking through the tall pine trees and reflecting on the stream right from my dining room window.

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    • Hi Minnie,

      I don’t cook curry often because I’m terrible at it. I want to get into it more. There are some fantastic curry recipes on the internet and it’s one of my favourite cuisines in the world!

      I had heard that “greens” were a common ingredient in curries, I had no idea it was “saag” though – thank you so much for the lesson. Now I’ll know when I’m looking at menus in the future!

      Your description of your backyard sent a little shiver up my spine – it sounds incredibly beautiful. I can see the forest round the corner from my apartment but if I look right out, I see just some trees and other apartment buildings with a grass area. Nothing like the beauty you can see from your window… you’re so lucky!

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  19. It’s hard to know what’s going on in the mind of a duck. They look pretty content to me and at one with the moment ;-) but I’m not sure I’d be quite as relaxed. Great video clip and the overarching feeling I get from the water shots is serenity…perfect peace. Beautiful. I like how you’ve curried up your beetroot here Charles – a fun way to spice up the greens and what an original dish too with great colours – looks very tasty.

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    • Thanks Kelly – glad you enjoyed the clip :) I’m looking forward to going to England to see my parents some time. They leave near a lovely river and I’ll be able to get some great photos around there I think!

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  20. The lake is beautiful gorgeous green. The other time I threw the greens cause i didn’t know we could eat. Then Mom told me about a curry which is very similar to what you made.

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    • Thanks Kankana – I hope you always save your greens these days! It is said that mothers know best, right? :D

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  21. what! my mouth is watering. i think i just drooled all over my keyboard. I am not wanting this- i am Needing this! Amazing

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  22. Where to start, where to start…Love the pictures. They are just gorgeous. The macro shots are fantastic! And the ducks in the rush of water. You’re right…doesn’t look like the most comfy of spots, but maybe it’s like the jets in a hot tub although I don’t imagine it’s very hot. Beetroot greens…well, perhaps in a curry but I doubt they’ll make an appearance here anytime soon. ;) Now lastly…couldn’t agree with you more on the excess paper used in the mail. Charities and banks…definitely the biggest culprits here too. Like you said, I just cringe with the charities though and then sometimes they actually send you a dime or a nickel. That just doesn’t seem like the smart way to go about raising money. Anyway, hope you had a great weekend and I really did just love the pictures. So relaxing.

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    • Hi Kristy (you see, this time it’s day-time and I didn’t mess up your name :( ) – I was surprised because you know how normally ducks look quite neat and tidy and they never look “wet”. The water just trickles off their backs. Well, these guys (I think they’re girls actually…) actually looked wet which was strange. I hope they have since moved to a better spot though!

      I’d heard about charities doing that in the US, sending out a nickel or a dime. The very idea of that… a charity sending *you* money seems staggeringly stupid and counter-productive. I appreciate that by their nature, charities always want/need more money. As long as it’s a well-managed charity then more money means they can do more good in the world, but giving out cash just seems like a terrible marketing plan.

      Oh, I forgot my other bug-bear… coming home from work every day and checking the mailbox and finding it stuffed full with flyers from local stores. Toys’R'Us are great ones for that… once a week, a big, fat 15 or 20 page pamphlet showing all their new junk!

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  23. What an easy and delicious curry. I love beetroot but my kids don’t so I don’t buy it as much. Great idea to use the greens in a curry form, I turn all greens into curry, seems it’s the only way I can eat them! Curries with eggs and potatoes are great.

    Love the pictures! So beautifully green and those poor ducks. Colorado is a bit dry, hence all our wild fires but it too can be very lush and green when it rains. It was nice up in the mountains the other day and once I take a breath from all my guests, I will post my pictures.

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    • Thanks Nazneen – so glad you enjoyed the photos. I think I don’t appreciate living somewhere so green enough. There’s a cool spot I can find in the forest, even on the hottest day. Must be tough living where the ground is so dry, like in some places in the world!

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  24. Ah ha, here is the beet greens recipe. I like how you’ve made a curry from them and now I have a go to recipe to use before my greens wilt. It does sound tasty. I am in love with your photos, how peaceful, that must be such a lovely walk. I will have to check out your duck video on Youtube. Hope you are having a pleasant week.

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    • Thanks Suzi – two days left of the week, yay :) Glad you enjoyed the photos… let me know if you give the recipe a try!

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  25. Hi Charles,
    I have never come across a curry like this one before but would love to try it. So healthy and I am in love with your photography. It’s stunning!!!

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    • Thanks so much Asmita, it’s so kind of you to say!

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  26. I love IKEA! I need to make a trip there soon too for storage stuff! Gorgeous pics of your time at the lake! You should sell your photo’s, amazing work!

    I actually have some beets in my my fridge, think I’ll try to make this dish. Looks wonderful for lunch served either hot or cold.

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    • Thanks Lisa – Mmm, IKEA… need to go there next week too to buy more stuff. Haha, can’t wait :D

      So glad you enjoyed the photos – do let me know if try the curry too!

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  27. Thank you for sharing those refreshing pictures Charles. I miss the virbant green color in your picture. We only see it here in spring.
    I still find the idea of using beet greens interesting and it makes me curious. I have never tried to put them to any use though I keep seeing more and more recipes using them.

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    • Hi Sawsan – until a few years ago I never would have thought of using the greens, but I’m so glad that I discovered that one can use them. They’re so delicious and make a great addition to a dish!

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  28. Wonderful photos by the lake…love those ducks! I have not made anything with beet greens yet, but a friend made beet tartare and I sampled it last night…it was fabulous!

    PS…I need to make a run to IKEA, too…but may settle for the uber expensive Container Store as it’s 5 minutes away vs. 2 hours!

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    • Hi Liz – thanks so much, I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos. I don’t think I could live in a very large city. I really love living within driving distance of the countryside!

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  29. Ikea is great, huh? It’s like a grownups Toys-r-us, lol. I love the cinnamon in this!! I hope you had a great weekend, my friend!!

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    • Haha, that’s a great comparison – “grownup Toys-R-Us”… love it :D

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  30. Love the photos, the one with the ducks is my favorite.
    In our markets, beets are sold with the greens attached. I usually just saute the greens plain, but like your idea, agree it would be great on a bed of greens.

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    • Hi Norma – thanks for your kind comment. So glad you enjoyed the photos!

      Beet greens in any form are great. As I mentioned another time, I love the greens sautéed in a little oil with some chilli and lemon juice – that’s so tasty!

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  31. I told you already, but since we were discussing comments… I like the duck photo, it’s really cool )

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  32. RE: Kale and chorizo soup

    LJ has been a bit temperamental lately so I can understand your difficulties commenting. Things are ok now and your cherries comments came through. We get tons of kale but I just haven’t been using it in my cooking though I AM trying to add more greens to my diet. Thanks for coming over and checking out my latest posts.

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    • Ah, I think to be honest it was my laptop… it seems to enjoy disconnecting from the internet for no apparent reason sometimes… usually when I just happen to have written and submitted a long comment to someone… makes me want to pick it up and launch it across the room! :p

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      • Don’t say that about laptops. :) I was JUST thinking that instead of replacing my old (7 yrs old this month) tower, I would get a laptop. Now, I’m indecisive again.

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        • Ah, I wouldn’t worry, but I just find laptops age rather more quickly. I’m sure your desktop is still usable, despite being 7 years old. I can’t imagine what a 7 year old laptop would be like.

  33. ooh the other lake :) thanks for sharing! The curry looks delicious too! I haven’t been to Ikea for ages – I must make a trip soon!

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    • Thanks BA – I loved the curry… was a really satisfying dish!

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  34. your pictures are very pretty!

    Amanda

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    • Thanks so much Amanda :)

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  35. Oh I can’t believe i missed this entry! I really do love beet greens! I just love their gorgeous red stalks and their silky texture! We fried it with sambal for my supperclub on wednesday, and they were a hit. This is another recipe I really would love to try, I love marryign spices with vegetables to bring out their flavours, and this looks just delicious and oh-so-hearty too. great one charles!

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    • Mmm, Supperclub… sounds like such fun… wish I could come :( You’d like this I think… I don’t think it’ll win prizes for gourmet cuisine but it’s a great, filling dish and tasty too. The greens really are perfect in it!

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  36. Hi Charles, My sister MJ, knowing that my husband and I love fresh beets, sent me links to two of your beet recipes. We have not had any fresh beets in a while, so Tuesday we looked for some at the market but they didn’t have any. The produce manager said he would order some and have them for me the next day. Sure enough on Wednesday they had really nice beets with lot of lush greens. Since there were so many greens I decided to make the beetgreen curry. After reading the recipe I saw that it had no meat. Being the carnivores that we are, I cubed up a small piece of pork and browned it with the onions. You said to eat it with something crunchy so I put it on some leftover brown rice. The first bite was like hummmm, but the more you ate the better it tasted and you found yourself wanting more and more. It was very very good. The beets we ate boiled, but there were a few leftover. If I can get to them before my husband finishes them off as a snack, I’ll try the dip. Thanks for the great recipe which I’m sure will be a repeat.

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    • Hi Nads – thanks for your kind comment – I’m so glad you could give it a try! I’d never argue that it’s gourmet cuisine, but I found it wonderfully warming and satisfying… one of those things you’d like to curl with a bowl of on a cold winter’s day or something, you know? (Too bad you can’t get beet greens in winter really, lol!). I like the idea of adding the pork and I bet the rice was a nice addition. I’d serve it on a bed of simple lettuce leaves next time myself, or maybe with some slices of cucumber!

      I hope you’re able to try the dip. If you have any greens leftover I’d really recommend the stir-fried beetroot greens I posted a while back as an accompaniment to something too!

      Thanks for dropping by – have a wonderful day :)

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