Brrrr = Borscht; a simple, quick, gluten free, vegan bastard ‘borscht’ recipe

When the cold winds blow, you need a good soup. Often you don’t have hours to prepare it in though. And you want actual nutrition, so canned soups are out. Ecco bastard borscht!

It will warm you with its hearty simplicity, and easy your complicity in amoral meals!

Borscht is an Eastern European/Russian beet soup. It is sweet from the beets, and soured with vinegar that cuts right through the winter blues, and somehow thick in vibe but not reality. It rules!

But real borscht takes a long time to make. We cut that time to shreds (think 20 minutes!) with one simple innovation – we use beet greens instead. (and we omit a whole bunch of stuff, some things nasty, some tasty)

This is more of a vibe than a recipe, coz I want everybody to improvise, and acknowledge that no two people taste alike!

The Stuff:

1 cup Beet greens (the leaves attached to the top of beets, the BEST green in town, they get all silky and luscious when boiled!), WASHED and chopped. Take them all the way down to about an inch above the beet – those stems is delicious, but the last inch always full of dirt! See:

I can’t look, I can’t stop myself, I wanna eat them, all of them!! AAAHHHH!

1 cup vegetable stock (you can add to or subtract from this depending on how thick you want it)

1/2 – 1 tbsp gluten free miso paste (red is most often gluten free, beware of the others!)

1/2 lemon

2 tablespoons (or more!) apple cider or white vinegar

1-2 teaspoons brewer’s/nutritional yeast



1/2 – 1 cup cooked brown (or white, whatever) rice

The Method:

Boil the chopped greens in the vegetable stock with some salt. When they have gone all smooth and embarrassingly silky, stir the miso through. Add more stock as necessary. Drop in the acids, the juice of 1/2 a lemon and the vinegar. It should go kind of milky, if milk was pink. Then, while you have it on the run, throw some nutritional yeast in there BOOM! Season with salt and pepper. Add the rice and cook it for a few minutes, just to work the flavors into the rice, and the starches into the soup. Eat!

If it tastes sour and weird, but intriguingly awesome, you are there!!

Pop Quiz: name two things that are red, associated with Russia, and that ease the coldness of living in this insular world.

A: isn’t socialism the gift that just keeps giving?


~ by maoctopus on February 21, 2011.

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