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The Borscht Files

Many people do not know the power of a good beetroot soup. I am here to tell you that this is a wonderful soup that will keep for a while and you can freeze it and when it is thawed out it will taste even better. It should preferably be cooked a day ahead since the full flavour does not come out immediately.

2 l water (start with half the amount, add as necessary when you go)
2 pcs large potatoes
2 pcs bay leaves
3 pcs allspice berries
1 dl red lentils
1 pcs stock cube (veg.)
3 tbs oil
1 pcs onion
1 pcs carrot
4 pcs beetroots
1 tbs dill seeds
1/2 pcs red bell pepper
1/2 pcs squash
100 g cabbage
2 cloves garlic
1 tbs tomato purée
Black pepper
Sour cream for serving

Rinse lentils in cold water until water is clear.

Boil about 1 l of water in a large pot. Peal and chop the poatoes in quarters roughly. Put potatoes, bay leaves and allspice into the boiling water together with the stock cube.

Shred onions, peal the carrots and the beetroots and then shred all of it coarsely. Heat oil in a pan, fry the onions, carrot and beetrot shred for a few minutes. Add some water and the dill seeds and let simmer for 15 minutes.

Dice the bell pepper and the squash. Shred the cabbage. Put bell pepper, squash aqnd cabbage in the large pot. Put the hot beetroot mix from the pan in the pot and let simmer for about 30 min.

Crush the garlic cloves and add them, let simmer for another 10 min or so.

Taste. Use salt and black pepper to your liking but do NOT make it too salty.

Turn the plate off, cover the pot and let it rest for a couple of hours. Then put it in a cool place for eating tomorrow or re-heat it to eat now. Eat with sour cream in the bowl and a good rustic bread.

This recipe also works with meat if you like that. Add some water and about 1 lb of beef if you like. The beef should be diced and fried before added and should be added at the same time as the potatoes goes in.


Addition 2010-01-15: Turns out there already is a Stockholm chapter of hashers! See comments for more info!

Apparently there is an interesting form of running and socializing that is called ”hashing” that goes on out there. Hashing is a form of ”chasing the hare” following a trail through woodlands or cityscape that ends with a party where the runners enjoy good food and drinks. Hashing started in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia in 1938 when a group of british soldiers started a hare & hounds running group. They named the group after the meeting place the Selangor Club also known as the ”Hash House”. A ”hare” would be given a short head start to blaze a trail, marking his devious way with shreds of paper, soon to be persued by a pack of shouting ”harriers”. Only the hare knows where he is going, the harriers followed his marks to stay on the trail, somtimes the marks where not too easy to spot requiring a bit of problem solving and reaching the end was it’s own reward because at that place thirsty harriers would find a tub of nicely chilled beers. Some call it a drinking club with a running problem. I thought it was quite nice and was wondering if something like this exists here in Stockholm or if we should just get together and start something. How about a 5 km trail that ends up at a nice beer place that would not mind people showing up all worked up and sweaty in their training clothes looking for a meal and drinks. Better wait until summer time hower. Until then check out the New York City hashers. They’re cool!