Homemade Borscht

Friday, February 27, 2015 0

If you happen to be in the vicinity of southern Minnesota or close to Hwy 169, I suggest you find your way to the city of Amboy for a bite to eat at The Amboy Cottage Café.  It’s a quaint, European inspired eatery serving up delicious homemade food like “grandmother” used to make!  Their euro-style exterior and cozy, decorative interior make me feel like I’ve been transported to Germany every time I eat here, which is why it’s one of my favorites.

amboy cottage cafe

On a more recent visit I gained some cooking and blog inspiration after enjoying one of the tastier bowls of soup I’ve had in a long time.  Borscht was the daily option and it was simply amazing! While I’ve had Borscht in the past, I don’t recall it having such an impact on my ability to speak.  My taste buds were in complete command for a good 5 to 10 minutes.

Afterwards I thought “I need to make a batch of this.

AND SO I DID!

borscht

 

Borscht is a beet and cabbage based soup that has been a staple in Ukraine, Russia and Poland since the 18th century.  I love old recipes that have withstood the test of time.  They typically use real ingredients, are very flavorful and contain numerous health benefits!

Check out the recipe I used to make this batch at girlsguidetobutter.com. Sofya was born in the Soviet Union and has built-in borscht making skills (her words)!  You can be certain that her recipe is close to authentic.  Feel free to adjust the ingredient amounts to fit your needs.

Here are some reasons why you should eat Borscht:

1.) In Chinese medicine, beets are known to nourish the blood and cleanse the liver.  Plus, their high anti-oxidant content and red pigment has been shown to fight cancer.

2.) The inclusion of cabbage adds valuable vitamins and minerals especially vitamin C, B vitamins, carotenoids, potassium, magnesium and calcium.

3.) Using homemade beef bone stock helps support your connective tissues and heal your gut.  Don’t have time to make homemade stock?  Bypass the grocery store stock and order online at U.S. Wellness Meats.

Drago eats borscht4.) The Russians I know are all very robust individuals and swear by borscht.  Rumor has it that when training for his role as Ivan Drago, Dolph Lundgren consumed borscht regularly.

5.) In Sochi, Olympians utilized beet juice and borscht to enhance their performance.  Why?  Nutrients in beets help your muscles utilize oxygen more efficiently.

Ok, so I’m not sure about Dolph consuming borscht while preparing for Rocky IV.  In all seriousness however, this soup is a powerhouse of nutrition that will benefit most individuals. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

 

 

 

 

 

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