With Lost Girl taking a week off, we’ll have to find other ways to amuse ourselves. So as we often say to ourselves when we’re looking in the mirror: hey, good lookin’! Whatcha got cookin’? Humans and Fae alike cannot subsist on pizza, hot dogs and mini quiche alone. Here’s another recipe that we hope you’ll like.
Blood King Borscht
Borscht is a soup that originated in Eastern Europe. It’s chock-full of things that are good for you – beets, a main ingredient, have been shown to increase endurance, which is helpful whether you intend to lead a faction of Fae into war, or if you’re married to a succubus. The vitamins and fiber in the rest of the soup will contribute to overall good health. It just might change your fate – and it tastes great.
This recipe was
plagiarized borrowed and adapted (slightly) from Hunger Over Thirst, a blog that is written by two fabulous Canadian ladies who urged me (Sally) to watch Lost Girl way back in the B.L.G. era. (That’s Before Lost Girl, for those following along at home.)
While you’re preparing it, here’s some recommended listening: Drinks at the Dal’s podcast episode about Trick, and the Faetalists podcast episode about Trick. If you like to have a libation while you cook, try the Bloody Beer recipe brought to you by Drinks at the Dal – the recipe is on the page linked above. Or have a Bloody Mary or Bloody Caesar (national drink of Canada!).
- 1 large beet, 2 medium, or 4 small – peeled and grated
- 1 large carrot – grated
- 1 medium potato – grated (leave the skin on for vitamins and fiber)
- 1 piece of celery – finely sliced
- half an onion – finely sliced
- 1 cup of shredded cabbage
- 2 cloves of garlic – crushed
- 4 cups of beef broth (or vegetable broth, if you prefer)
- juice of half of a lemon
- 1 tablespoon dried dill
- salt (~1-2 tsp) and pepper to taste
Notes on ingredients and preparation:
Channel the Una Mens and pretend that the beet is Vex. Using fresh beets is best. I think they’re easiest to peel if you use a potato or vegetable peeler rather than a knife. No matter which way you slice it (heh), once you’ve finished your hands will be stained red for the rest of the day – just like you’ve finished writing a large book of Blood Laws.
I used low-sodium beef broth, but then needed to add salt, so you may as well go for the full-sodium version. Light Fae probably use low-sodium stuff and then pour on a bunch of salt when nobody’s looking, don’t you think?
Pretend that you’re the Morrigan and that your enemies are all of the vegetables. Grate or shred all of the vegetables in a food processor using the grater attachment. (Or you can do it by hand if you don’t have a food processor – it takes a while, but nothing worth doing is ever easy.) Boil the beef broth and simmer the vegetables for 30 minutes with the pot partially covered to prevent excess evaporation.
After 30 minutes use an immersion blender (also called a stick blender) to blend the soup into a uniform texture. If you don’t have an immersion blender, then you can pour the soup into a food processor or blender.
For the lemon – use a fresh one, it’s so much better than bottled juice. Use a reamer to juice the half lemon – watch this webisode where Vex reams out his assistant to get an idea of how to best ream. (Sorry, if you’re not in Canada, it’s region-locked.)
Serve hot with a dollop of sour cream, rye bread, and the blood of your enemies.