1. Summer woodland beet

    Summer woodland beet

    and portobello salad

    with walnuts

    I adore beets. It might sound romantic to say I learned to love

    them in Russia and that a former White Russian countess cooked them

    for me, but it would be a lie. I have always loved them. Thanks

    to my farm-reared father and my gardening-mad grandparents, we always

    had lovely vegetables.

    I have always thought of beets as sweet little jewels. 

    Is there anything more gorgeous than their deep ruby colour? And,

    they are so healthful. Beets are high in folate, manganese, and

    Vitamin C. They are also full of antioxidants that can help fight

    heart disease and cancer. They can also help to lower harmful cholesterol.

    Beets have an anti-oxidant that is especially beneficial in preventing

    colon cancer and helping to reduce C reactive protein levels. Wow,

    all that from one little beet!

    This week I went for an early dinner with a friend at a cute

    little bistro and market combo. She too is a beet lover. When she

    ordered a lovely, little beet salad, it inspired me to share this

    recipe with you. Think of it as a spa on a plate, if you like. It

    is chockfull of health-giving ingredients. Or just think of it as

    a delicious, mouth-watering addition to dinner. You decide darlings.