Okay, let me start with what I have decided is a funny story. It is important to note that many times when I decide something is funny....it majorly isn't. This may be one of those times. I really, really love beets. Did you guys know this? No? It's true. Love them. I'm always looking for new ways to prepare them. Mostly because I eat them so often that I get bored with my 'go to beet recipes'. When I was in Vancouver, my Cousin Rhiannon bought a bunch of beets. I was immediately like, 'ooooh....what are you doin' with those little girl....?' it was borderline creepy how into her beets I was. Beet and Orange Salad.
I got home and immediately forgot how to make Rhiannon's Beet and Orange Salad. Obviously, I sent a text message requesting the recipe because really, who picks up the phone anymore?! Of course, in typical Megan fashion I was trying to make this salad very quickly while on my way out the door. I was trying to take it over to a friends house....proper prior planning? Riiiiggght.
Long story short. I didn't have ANY of the ingredients. If she said Red Wine Vinegar I just threw in Apple Cider Vinegar. If she said Olive Oil I used Coconut Oil. If she said Dijon Mustard I used Whole Grain Mustard (I think this counts a Dijon too but, it wasn't the smooth kind....). You get the picture. Needless to say, it wasn't FABULOUS. But, I took it anyway.
They liked it! Hahahaha! My friends liked it! They even asked me for the recipe! Here's what I think is funny: I totally wrote down Rhiannon's recipe and then said, 'ummm....thats what it was supposed to taste like....'! That's funny, right?!
Hey, side note (also known as an overshare): When I sent Rhiannon a note a few days later telling her I had something funny to tell her she was all, 'OMG! Did your pee turn bright red?! Did you think you had to go to the emergency room?!'. To which I responded 'nooooo....I mean yes....my pee turns bright red...but that's not what I was gonna say!'.
Did you guys know that only 10-14% of the world's population experiences red pee?! It's a genetic phenomenon known as beeturia. No lie! What's more is that red pee might indicate an iron deficiency. We can thank this article for that bit of info.
I decided yesterday to take the beet salad to a new level. I roasted it. I simply put beets and oranges (and coconut oil....because I don't do much in my life without coconut oil...but thats another post) in a roasting dish and roasted away. Yum-o.
There you go. A funny(ish) story, a science lesson, and some cooking advice (roast those beets!).