If you are anaemic, or have been advised by your acupuncturist that you are ‘blood deficient’, then this recipe for beetroot soup is for you. It is adapted from “Recipes For Self Healing” by Daverick Leggett, published by Meridian press. In his words this soup ‘touches like a lover and goes direct to the heart’. According to traditional Chinese medicine beetroot is a blood tonic (doesn’t the colour give you a clue?), sweet in taste and benefits the liver and heart. If nothing else it is a veritable feast for the eyes.
Ingredients: 1 small onion, 1/2 lb beetroot, 2 small potatoes, 1 small carrot, 2 pints vegetable stock, 2 tbsps cider vinegar, yoghurt.
Method: Finely chop the onion and fry in a little oil until soft. Roughly chop all the other vegetables, add them to the onions and stir for a few minutes. Add the vegetable stock and let the soup cook for about 40 minutes.
When cooked liquidise it and stir in the cider vinegar, adjusting amount to taste before serving. A swirl of yoghurt will add the ‘piece de resistance’.
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