Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Beet It

So here goes, my first foray into food blogging.
I have a magical gift for turning grocery odds and ends into decent (even if I do say so myself) meals. This talent comes in terribly handy when I haven't had time to go to the supermarket and all I have to make dinner is a half empty tub of hummus, some leftover spaghetti sauce and a soggy lettuce. I do have to disclose that I have a well stocked pantry and spice cupboard which really is everything.

So here's what I knocked up last night (I wouldn't serve it for a dinner party but it was a fine weeknight supper).
I had one beet, some fingerling potatoes, a couple of chicken breasts and some ricotta salata.

I dusted the chicken with a little flour, all spice, cinnamon and chili powder, then egged it before covering it in polenta and shallow frying it to a crisp crust.

I made a salad of roasted beet, fingerling potatoes, cucumber, olives, parsley, watercress and ricotta salata (a salty hard cheese), then dressed it in a toasted cumin, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, shallot and olive oil dressing.

The tangy, smokey salad was great with the crunchy, tender chicken.


  1. i think it looks very yummy!!
    nice cooking;)

  2. I am not a beet fan, but this salad looks good. You should make a list of your pantry/spice drawer essentials! I am always wondering which basics I should always have on hand.

  3. Looks absolutely delicious
    I wish I had the skill of being able to rustle up something like this
    You've inspired me to learn to cook!

  4. Please feed me, these look delicious!<3

    ♥ kisses ♥

  5. i've never cooked polenta but you make me want to try! :)

    i wander, i wonder