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May 25, 2009


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How intriguing - and what fantastic colour. With colour as glorious as that, it's got to be good for you, right?

another outspoken female

Beautiful! Can't wait for the jelly version :)


Oh dear, if here's one thing I really can't stand, its beetroot!!

I'll wait around for the next exciting recipe!! :)


I was a little dubious about the recipe until I read purple juice and then I just wanted that glorious beetroot juice - just today I was wishing for a nice vegetable drink instead of tea - this sounds like it

maybelles mom

Oh, I love the color of the juice in the pot.


Well you know this is going to appeal to me. What a beautiful, beautiful broth you have made Ms Lucy.

Love the idea of sipping throughout the day. Can imagine it feeling clean, fresh and very restorative.


Your chi bank is low (no wonder!)and this fetching tonic just the thing. I feel better just looking at it. Speedy recovery...or perhaps not too speedy depending on how you look at it, to you.


i'm lying here, feeling vaguely not so well,
but feeling so happy you've reminded me about this wonderful book on my shelf. I'm off work tomorrow and have now worked out exactly what I'll be sipping throughout the day, just as soon as I can make my way to the fruit & veg shop down the road.


Sigh. There appear to be some empty spots on the kitchen bookshelves...

I was anticipating a post featuring hibiscus tea when I saw that first photo - funny to be deceived by beets.

Hope you're feeling better soon.


Beetroot is my cabbage.

It's something I need to diguise or smother in another flavour and, though this looks and sounds just stunning, i can see it is the essence of beetroot in a bowl.

Know you understand. ;) x


PS Get well.


Hope you are feeling better now Lucy. Beetroot fan that I am, I would consume this anytime. Simply beautiful.


Exquisite pinkness! Contrasts beautifully with the brooding darkness of the whole beetroot.


Your writing is as lovely and curative as that bowlful.
I have just been in London and eaten some wonderful meals but felt totally overwelmed by the barrage of food magazines, publicity, photos, lifestyle food, celebrity chefs, the adverts telling us to eat morrocan one night, indian the next, french, italian, chinese, thai, supermarkets full of everything.
It all needed paring down, slowing down, I felt as if we need to go back to basics.
Glad to be home in Rome.
I need to eat something very very simple. this would be nice but I will make do with egg on toast.


Yes to what rachel (above) said -- that your writing is lovely & curative. It's why I'm here now instead of tackling those tasks that are niggling at me. I'll restore my energy to finish them if, for a few restful moments, I nourish myself on your recent posts.

I'm afraid I'm still stuck on your first paragraph & haven't quite made it to appreciating the broth yet. (I'll get there eventually, though). Last night I spent three glorious, green hours transplanting tomatoes, harvesting a handful of radishes, and trimming the flowers from the broccoli raab (too much heat this week so it bolted). Oh & touching the lavender seedlings many times & tasting one that didn't fit into the pot -- yes even though barely a centimeter, it was unmistakably lavender in scent and flavour. I also nibbled on salad greens while watering and tidying. It felt good and right to spend the entire evening outside. And I shall do the same tonight.

But this leaves little time for cooking. So I'm coming to you for "pared-down", "calm" recipes that will let me enjoy the garden freshness without fuss.

Thanks for letting me ramble. And thank you, again, for your always brilliant words and images about the joy, health & beauty of food.


The beetroot makes for such a pretty picture in the pan. I hope you feel better Lucy!


I absolutely love this.

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