Cravings ... Red Borscht5:56 PM
When people find out that I'm pregnant, they inevitably ask if I've had any weird cravings. I have to say yes, although the things I'm craving aren't pickles and ice cream or anything like that. For me, the weird stuff is corn dogs... and beets. I spent the first half of this pregnancy wanting nothing but corn dogs, but avoiding it because of how unhealthy they are. I finally gave in and had some a little while ago..... and they weren't nearly as good as I imagined them to be. Oh well - no more corn dog cravings!
After coming home I spent the next 6 years trying various recipes online or making up my own, trying to re-create that flavor that I had so quickly fallen in love with. I could never seem to get it right. Until last summer. I got to go back and live in Ukraine for the entire summer. It was glorious! And the borscht was everything I had remembered it to be.
After being taught how to make this, I decided that I like a bit more "substance" in my borscht, so I added an additional carrot and beet. Otherwise, this is just what you'd find in any Ukrainian home or restaurant. Serve it hot or cold.
- 1 medium head of cabbage
- 4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
- 2 Tbsp oil of choice (I use olive oil)
- 1 medium onion, minced
- 2 carrots, finely shredded
- 2 medium Beets, grated on large holes, divided
- 1 Tbsp tomato paste
- 1/4 c water
- Water or broth to cover: 2-3 quarts (I usually use homemade vegetable stock)
- Salt to taste