Regular readers will have seen me sing the praises of Leeds Market Delivered, who I’ve been buying my Fruit & Veg from for a couple of weeks now. One of the things I like most about the service is the fact that Vegetables are sold as hampers; you choose how much to spend and they send you a corresponding amount of produce, it turns meal times into a play-at-home version of Ready Steady Cook.
In the week I try to eat as sensibly as possible to justify my indulgence in Farmers Markets and restaurants at weekends. Having received a load of root vegetables from Market Delivered, I set about coming up with a nutritious stew, with roasted Beetroots at the helm.
- 4 Beetroots
- 2 Parsnips
- 4 Carrots
- 1 Medium White Onion
- 2 Sticks of Celery
- 1 Litre Vegetable Stock
- 3 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar (more or less to taste)
- Knob of butter
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- Clove of Garlic
- 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
1. Finely dice your onion and celery, chop the clove of garlic, and fry these with a knob of butter over a low heat until soft. This should take about 10-15 minutes, but the longer you can cook them for at the start, the more flavour you’ll get from them in the final dish.
2. Peel your root vegetables and chop them into large chunks, at a jaunty, blog-friendly angle.
3. Add your roots to the softened onion and celery, pour a glug of olive oil on top of everything and give it a big stir until everything’s coated.
4. Roast everything in a 200°c oven for 40 minutes.
5. This is completely optional, but at this point I added a few squares of really dark chocolate. The cocoa works well with the balsamic vinegar, and the chocolate give a nice thick gloss to the gravy. Feel free to skip this if it isn’t to your taste though.
6. Add the vegetable stock and balsamic vinegar, and bring to the boil on the hob. Cover, and cook in the oven again at 200°c for a further 30 minutes.
You can serve this as you would any other stew, with some nice crusty bread to mop up the excess gravy. Personally I paired it with a cold Minted Bulgur Wheat & Chick Pea salad, with some Apple & Celery slaw for a contrast of flavours.