Edible Gifts – Potatoes & Beets

A box of produce arrived at my door yesterday evening. The box read “Door to Door Organics,” printed in green. To my eyes, this was a veritable “Eat Me” bottled potion, and I, morphing into Alice, felt entirely pulled to comply. There was an element of mystery surrounding these boxed up veggies. Should I eat them? After all, I did not order them. But there they were sitting on my doorstep, and there on the shipping label was my name.

Oh! This was delightful. I was grinning at this gift. Now, days later, I find that these Edibles were indeed a home-warming gift (and, I say “home” because already, this house is much more than only a house. It fits. It welcomed me with healing arms, and I have been told I “wear it well” — this, I can only hope is true). I discovered that The Organics Giver was a kindred soul; and, is one of the few men who knows me well enough to know that the way to my heart is not through jewelry, dinners, or dates. Rather, my favor is won with produce. Earth’s fruitage makes me weak in the knees.

Afternoon thunderstorms rolled through the front range, and through my commuter bus’s window I viewed fields of freshly cut brome grass now damply waiting for the baler. After growing up steeped in Iowa Agriculture, such fields still nearly bring my eyes tears. I remember rushing out to beat thuderstorms, to beat the rain that would dampen hopes and spirits before ever touching the hayed ground. After the rain’s touch, there was the risk of mold. Horses’ lungs don’t do well with mold anymore than ours do.

If you have never had a stove with a broiler, or never used the one you do, I highly recommend starting. They are amazing. With a damp chill yet in the mountain air, and a fire conplaining in my gut, I cut up some of the Gifted Box’s bounty: a jacketed potato and a beet. Potatoes are generally known as a comfort food, although I have never been a huge fan of them in their popular mashed form. Their reputation for healing heart & soul is not misplaced. Their juice is a widely used and proven home remedy for healing stomach ulcers.

The nutrient density of beets is given away by their distinguished color. “The pigment that gives beets their rich, purple-crimson color-betacyanin-is also a powerful cancer-fighting agent” . Beets, I have discovered, are one of my favorite foods. I have come to know them far too late in life. I gave Thanks for the cultivating hands that toiled through the earth; and then, gave Thanks for the beautiful soul who sent this brown-paper package, stamped with prayers for growth…

~ Roast potatoes & beets with mustard. ~

1. Drizzle potatoes and beets in olive oil, sea salt & freshly cracked pepper.

2. Wrap in foil and roast for 30-40 minutes.

3. Toss, if desired, with fresh greens. I used red leaf lettuce and parsley.

4. Generously coat with a strong stone ground mustard of your choice.

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  1. Two of my favorite things! wonderful post! :)

    chocokat0718 | Jul 28, 2010 | Reply

  2. A surprise package is always a great way to end your hectic day. Yes, the power of the potato has been sadly forgotten in this low-carb craze of our times. To me there is nothing as satisfying at a jacketed potato, sea salt, coarse black pepper, and a knob of butter for good measure:-) Of course ending with a freshed brewed cup of PG Tips. Tally-ho!
    P.S. I hope this “Home” indeed brings healing to heart, mind, and soul.

    Silly Yak | Jul 28, 2010 | Reply

  3. My little man has many food intolerances, so I’m always looking for something new to make him. I’m going to try your recipe (minus the beets, which he’s allergic to). It sounds like something he’d like!

    Sarah Nelle | Jul 28, 2010 | Reply

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