9.12.2012

Beet Toasts with Yuzu Miso Dressing and Hazelnuts

The worst public transportation day EVER // The day I ate beets with yuzu miso dressing.
Sometimes it is a long a hard road to delicious, but it is always worth it.
It’s a little after 5am; I am bundled in my just-moved-from-California-and-the-east-coast-is-just-too-damn-cold down coat, a scarf, rain boots, and iPhone capable gloves. I have about eight bags with me as I waddle from the house to the bus stop that is in the middle of a suburban neighborhood. It’s dark and there are really creepy woods I have to walk by, which I do with quick and tiny steps. I get to the bus stop and drop my bags. I’ve got my purse and my lunch, also the essentials for staying in the city for the weekend while looking for a decent apartment. I’ve got fifteen minutes until the bus comes. I almost fall back asleep standing up. I hear the bus coming and start reaching for my bus pass when the bus runs the stop sign and passes me by. Rude. Now I would be supremely upset because the next pentagon bus doesn’t come for 40 minutes, but I got on the wrong bus the day before, so now I know that there is also a Federal Reserve bus that will take me down town coming soon.
Fast forward forty minutes, the Federal Reserve bus has also passed me. I have called and yelled at the lady who works for Omni Bus Customer Service, whose only advice was to wave a flashlight at the oncoming bus, so they will see me. Ummm… how about they just STOP at the bus STOP!! Novel concept, right? In this time a high school kid texting in a long sleeve shirt has also sauntered up to the bus stop.
Why aren’t you wearing a coat young man? Don’t you know it is the ARTIC out here?
A third bus turns the corner and passes us AGAIN! The kid takes off running after it and I start grabbing all my gypsy bags, surely he will stop them and make them wait for me once he gets there. Nope. After loping about half a mile uphill I trudge back to the bus stop. I have been outside in the tundra for over an hour, passed by three buses, left behind by my only comrade, I got into an argument over the phone and I am going to be over an hour late for work. I finally board the bus, it charges my card twice. I sit fuming next to an extra large man with a hacking smokers cough for another hour and then disembark at the pentagon only to find that the 300 yard walk to the metro station is barricaded by marines with machine guns who are searching everyone’s bags. Luckily this Arab only has eight completely bulky slightly suspicious bags on her. The metro of course is single tracking and takes three times as long to reach my destination.
I walk into the office at the gentlemanly hour of 9:15am, all the big shots are standing with their Folger’s waiting for me to do the final inspection of your new office space. After a few rushed greeting and handshakes, the lead contractor turns around and promptly breaks his nose walking into a window outside the conference room.
I think I cried in my cubicle for lunch and by the time 5pm rolled around, I needed a drink bad.
I found a tiny ramen place that reminded me of San Francisco and ordered a whisky double and a beet salad as a starter. It blew my mind, and now I remade it for you. ..
Dirty Beets.

I usually like my beats dirty, but this type you need to make sure are extra clean. Trim and save the greens and stew with a little roasted garlic and olive oil to eat on top of pasta or farro with parmesan cheese and you’ve got an accidentally delicious lunch ready for tomorrow.

Place the beets in a shallow baking dish with about an inch of water and cover with foil. Bake in the oven until they can be easily pierced with a fork, about 30 minutes.

Allow the beets to cool, when they are safe to handle you should be able to rub the skins off of them.
For this recipe I like the beets to be cold so this is usually where I would refrigerate them for a few hours, until I am ready to toss the salad.
In a large bowl mix together the ingredients for the dressing:
1 TB White Miso
2 TB Korean Style Yuzu Tea (It is almost like marmalade)
1 TB Grapeseed Oil
3 TB Rice Wine Vinegar
1 Chopped Scallion
Salt & Pepper

Chop or slice the beets (This is even better if you can find Golden Beets) and then gently toss them in the dressing.
Paint sliced baguette with olive oil and toast in the oven. You can toast the hazelnuts in there also, or on a dry pan on the stovetop.
Spoon the dressed beats onto the toasts. Top with Pea Shoots and Toasted Hazelnuts.
Pass them around to people you love. Do this in memory of the worst public transportation day ever.
WTF is a Yuzu?
Someone buy me THIS!
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