This borscht is the easiest thing going – assuming you have a food processor with a grating attachment.  If you don’t, well, maybe wait to make this one…I made it once without a food processor and it was a ridiculous process.  I forgot to take a picture of it, which is too bad because it’s really pretty.
This is super duper delicious, even if you’re not a beet fanatic.  Although this soup has the lovely red colour that beets impart, the flavour is far more complex and rich than you could imagine.  This is a really healthy dish as well – loaded with vitamin- and mineral-rich veggies and greens and no oil added.

I like to prep my vegetables while working on my impression of a Russian accent.

Makes 6-8 huge portions

1 bunch beets (with beet tops attached – if you can’t find with the tops still on, use spinach/kale/chard!)
4 carrots
4 potatoes
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp salt
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
Package of Tofurky sausages (Kielbasa variety works best, but they are all good) or 4 links of sausage from this recipe
Tofutti Sour Supreme sour cream (optional)

Peel and wash your carrots, potatoes and beets.  Wash and chop the greens into bite size pieces and finely chop the garlic.  Place in a large soup pot and cover with just enough water to cover the vegetables.  Bring to a boil, adding the salt, spices and vinegar, then turn down to a low simmer and cover.  Cook for 20 minutes, stirring periodically.  Throw in the chopped sausage pieces, cover again and cook for another 25-30 minutes.  Taste for salt.  Ladle into bowls and top with a dollop of vegan sour cream.


Allow me to introduce you to a drink called Ting. As in: “Would you like some-ting to drink?”

Ting is a grapefruit soda which is popular in Jamaica, and its way more refreshing than Sprite or 7-Up. I usually drink this on hot summer days, but its great on cold winter days like today along with a spicy meal.
Its not necessarily healthy by any means; I mean, its just an exotic pop. But sometimes I just want something out of the ordinary, to transport my imagination to somewhere sunny. Believe me, in the cold Ontario winter, tings like that can make a big difference.

Find it in awesome Caribbean restaurants, or in the “ethnic” section of your grocery store.

Also: check out these amazing Ting shoes!


From The Archives

It has been a weird week. Our schedules are out of alignment, and I haven’t been home during the dinner hour for days. So my diet has consisted largely of fruit, bread and coffee. Not all that exciting, right?
There was really no point in photographing the apple I ate yesterday, or the orange I’m peeling as I write this. You know what fruit looks like. 

So, as to not disappoint our faithful readers, I dug into the photo archives to relish in the memory of past meals. Here is literally the first thing I found:

This was lunch one day last week. That’s a strawberry-coconut-guava-orange smoothie, some delicious hot spinach and artichoke dip with crackers, a stuffed potato jacket topped with daiya vegan cheese and bacon bits, and a baby romaine salad topped with lime juice and fleur de sel.

We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming very soon.

– Trevor