Just how many beetroot products do the three shops in Westray stock?
There’s Baxters’ Beetroot in Redcurrent Jelly (Delicious with hot and cold dishes), Baxters’ Hand Selected Sliced Beetroot in Vinegar, Baxters’ Hand Selected Baby Beetroot in Sweet Vinegar and Baxters’ Beetroot Pickle (Delicious in Sandwiches). And that’s just for starters.
In the Skello shop they have a great little local cook book ‘Good Things in Eday’, sold to raise funds for Eday Parish Church. Page 39 has a recipe for Beetroot and Chocolate Cake. It doesn’t surprise me. My reaction is the same as when my friend Chris said that he grew turnips which taste like melons.
Cooked Beetroot, Plain flour, cocoa powder, golden caster sugar, eggs, vanilla, sunflower oil and dark chocolate. Serve with creme fraiche. Mmm. Ideal. Maybe I’ll buy the ingredients. Then again, maybe I won’t.