Sunday, February 04, 2007

Political Borscht

(I know several earnest thoughtful women who would rather see their children peaked than brew something with the foreign name minestrone, because in this year of 1942 the United States is at war with Italy. There is a fundamental if tiring truth about all this, and you and I can only hope that right will conquer over might before too long.) [In the 1950's some people feel helplessly antagonistic to borscht! Fortunately, I do not.]
--M.F.K. Fischer, How to Cook A Wolf. (In parantheses, from the 1942 edition; in brackets, added in the 1951 edition.)

Freedom Fries? Falafel? What are the politically despised foods of our war?

Cold War Hot Borscht
Chop 2 beets and one carrot into small chunks. (The beets may be previously steamed or roasted.) Slice one scallion roughly, or one substantial slice of onion. Put them in a pot with one clove garlic and some salt. Add enough water to cover, bring to a boil, and simmer until the vegetables are tender, topping off the water when it gets too low. When vegetables are tender, puree in a blender or with a stick blender. Serve with yogurt or sour cream, and chopped fresh chives if you've got 'em. Makes 2 generous servings.


Blogger bazu said...

I love thinking about politically maligned foods! I'm surprised no one suggested a ban on hummus or pita bread recently... grrr.

I love borscht, but have never made my own. Thanks for the recipe. That's one thing I need to do more of on my blog- write out actual recipes!

9:57 PM  
Blogger josh said...

Yeah, I'm especially surprised that no one has tried to ban hummus - you know, that terrorist group in control of Palestine ;)
First they infiltrate our delis, then next thing you know...

12:49 PM  
Blogger Fairly Odd Tofu Mom said...

I grew up on borscht so it's fun to see people actually cooking the stuff - and enjoying it, and knowing what the heck it is!

Just discovered your blog and absolutely love it. Keep up the good work.

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