“Cat, what’s wrong with you?” – this is the first thing my co-worker says to me on a conference call yesterday. Nice way to open a conversation right? “What are you talking about?” I retort, sort of curious but mostly panicked that he had in fact found out about all the things that are wrong with me. “You haven’t blogged in two weeks and your instagram feed… well, it’s boring!”
Wow, way to insult someone who’s like, so proud of their instagram feed.
But alas, it’s true. I’ve been quite sick the last couple of weeks – blame it on the change in weather which has gone from hot to cold to decidedly hot again; blame it on the fact that we are officially in “autumn”; blame it on the flu shot I had weeks ago; I don’t care… I just need to blame something for feeling god awful, sniffly and – this is how I know I’m sick – not hungry at all.
The change in season always affects my mood. To know that the days will only get shorter, the temperature cooler, and lament the fact, like I do every year, that I just didn’t get to the beach enough last summer. But what can I do? Besides make this awesome rossoli, a Finnish beetroot salad which is hot pink in all its natural goodness.
Served chilled, this salad is a perfect summer salad, to serve at a BBQ, picnic or honestly? I’d probably serve it in winter too, with a nice big pork roast. Mmmmm… maybe winter ain’t so bad.
|Rossoli (Finnish beetroot salad)|
|400 grams canned or cooked beetroot in juice
2-3 large carrots
200 grams pickled gherkins
1 small onion
150mL sour cream (or to taste)
Lemon juice (half a lemon, or to taste)
Salt and cracked pepper (to taste)
|Makes a big bowl of salad.|