Forgive me readers for I have sinned. It’s been 10 days since my last post… (och there’s no way that line’s not been used before…). Anyway, it has been a while but this week’s been crazy, as was last weekend. I hosted a Thanksgiving dinner yesterday (a day later but Thursday was a school night here!) and was cooking for about 3 days… Look out for my next post for details.
Within the madness however, I did manage a quick post on my Greek pages. Quick being the operative word! I’d been thinking about going to Food Blogger Connect (#FBC5) in London in July, and I was looking for a blogger buddy in order to benefit from the Early Bird offer of 2-4-1 (ending tomorrow). It suddenly occurred to me to buddy up with someone from here in Greece. So I asked the nice peeps over at Greek Food Blogs and they suggested I write a post which they would promote within the online community. It took but a couple of hours and hey presto, Sugar Flowers Creations left a comment and we’re now looking for cheap flights! Yay!
As I really needed to get that post up as quickly as possible, I chose to include one of my easiest and simplest recipes from the “to-blog” list. The idea for this dip came from two things. First was a gorgeous salad a friend brought to a summer BBQ. Pieces of juicy, sweet and earthy beetroot, teamed with chunks of rich and creamy feta cheese. A match made in heaven. A few weeks later I was
drooling surfing the website of another friend, who owns a company that imports/exports food (Elli & Manos). And I landed on this page. I knew I would love the beet/feta spread. So when I found myself with some leftover cooked beetroot and half a tub of feta that was begging to be eaten up, I wondered what would happen if I chucked them in the blender. The result was pretty amazing, in taste and in appearance! In my Greek post I didn’t mention where I got my inspiration, which was my bad, so I’d like to make it right. Elli doesn’t even know I’m writing this, so please don’t think it’s a sponsored post or anything. I haven’t tried their dip but how can it not work? It’s got beetroot and feta in it! (they’re based in Greece and the UK but check with them about delivery to other countries)
Here’s my version (would you please look at that colour? Is it not the prettiest colour ever?)
Beetroot and Feta Dip
Makes 1 small batch
180g beetroot, cut into chunks (I used the pre-cooked vacuum packed version. Might be even nicer with roast beetroot. Scrub, cut each into 4 or 6 wedges, toss in a bit of oil and roast for about an hour-90 min or until you can stick a fork in it)
80g feta cheese, crumbled
1 tsp oil
1 tsp vinegar (I used red wine vinegar and it was quite strong tasting. You might want to start with ½ tsp and add as needed)
1/2 tsp dried oregano
Scant 1/4 tsp white pepper
1/8 tsp salt (watch the salt because feta has loads already!)
Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse till smooth.
(My shortest “Directions” section ever!)
If you love beetroot (do you know it apparently cleans your blood?) check these out:
Beetroot borani recipe (borani chogondar) by Nami-Nami
Beet Chop/Beetroot Patty by Sunshine and Smile
Beet Hummus by Simply Recipes
Beet and Sweet Potato Stacks by The Kitchn