Friday, March 22, 2019

Dad's Pickled Beets with Eggs #GardenCuizine Brain Health #recipe

Dad's Pickled Beets with Eggs
Growing up, I remember loving pink, hard cooked eggs. The eggs were served family style in a bowl with pickled beets that Dad made. Funny, all these years gone by since his passing (RIP Dad) and I've never made pickled beets and eggs until now. I made them using last week's leftover hard cooked eggs and 3 whole beets in the cooking liquid that I saved from my kid's "Brain Health" cooking class.
  • Eggs contain many beneficial nutrients, including: protein, Vitamin D and Choline. Choline is good for brain health.
To make Pickled Beets with Eggs, cook however many eggs and beets you want to use. One medium beet per person works well. You can use canned beets, but it is so easy to cook your own. Or, better yet, grow your own! 

Whole beets are readily available in the produce section in markets. Simply cut the tops off (compost or use the greens in another recipe), leaving a 1/2-inch on the beet. Rinse and place unpeeled beets in a saucepan. Cover with plenty of water and boil until tender when pierced. Refrigerate. (I leave the cooked beets whole in the cooking liquid until ready to peel and eat.)

Ingredients

Hard cooked eggs

Cooked, peeled, sliced beets 
Beet water - reserved from cooking
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Putting it all together
  1. Peel your cooked eggs and add to a large mason jar
  2. In a medium sized pot, add sliced beets and their cooking liquid
  3. Add the vinegar, sugar and cinnamon; bring to a boil, gently stir to combine
  4. Reduce heat to simmer; when the cinnamon looks blended in an all combined, turn off heat. Allow to cool at least 15 min. before transferring to the egg jar. 
  5. Let sit another 10-15 min. to color eggs. Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve family style at the table.
If you're eating the beets at a meal, they taste great served warm or cold. Save your leftovers! 

I don't like the eggs soaked overnight in the beet liquid; they soak up too much natural color. Save leftover naturally dyed eggs in a separate container without liquid. Pink eggs make a healthy snack!

Enjoy!

Nutrition Data Beets: 1/2 cup slices (85g): 37 calories; 8.5g total carbohydrate; Dietary Fiber 2g; Folate 68 mcg (17% DV); Potassium 259mg (7% DV) plus other nutrients
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Monday, March 11, 2019

Spring is in the air! @PhilaFlowerShow #flowerpower @PHSGardening @FTDWorldCup2019

Philadelphia Flower Show
2019

Did you attend this year's Philadelphia Flower Show? Harry and I went on Friday. The show ran from March 2 - 10, 2019 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. 


A highlight this year for us was the new amateur photography competition! We will be sure to enter in 2020! As for the rest of the show? 

In comparing 2019 with past shows, at first, we were disappointed. It seemed like there was more open space. I thought PHS could have done so much more with the theme "Flower Power". My expectation of Flower Power was different than PHS's intent. 
My interpretation of the "Flower Power" theme was all about the late '60's, early '70's anti-Vietnam war movement, which was indeed captured in a few displays. We joined the crowds who gravitated to take selfies and photos in front of a huge, floral studded (sunflowers and roses etc), PEACE sign and the City of Brotherly LOVE exhibits.
Another display that fit my expectation of "Flower Power" had a glistening guitar in a purple plant  arrangement on a colorful, tie-die table cloth featuring a Jimmy Hendrix album. I guess we expected more music, peace signs and tie die. And, maybe even a flower power painted VW beetle. Instead, we saw a brand new, dreamy, white Subaru.

Indeed, there was more to it; "Flower Power" was not just about the Flower Power movement. That was only a part of the big picture.

The 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show theme was also about how flowers inspire and enrich our lives in ways of healing, community, hope, transformation and peace. 

Upon learning that, the very touching Sara's Smiles foundation exhibit all made more sense as to fitting in perfectly with the theme. The story of little Sara is sad. She passed away at age 5 from brain cancer. Sara's Smiles foundation helps other children battling cancer.

I also found it fascinating to learn about the presenting sponsor, Main Line Health. They include the healing power of plants at their facilities. Patients can experience a wellness garden and a sensory garden with aromatherapy. Wow! All hospitals should consider doing this.
The big "missed it..." for us at the 2019 Philadelphia Flower show was that we walked right by PHS's major event feature - the FTD World Cup! How did we miss this? When we walked in to the staging area it was dimly lit with TV monitors high overhead and adjacent to the stage; unfortunately, we didn't stay long enough to learn what was happening.

Turns out, what was happening was the most major event for floral designers around the world; the FTD World's Cup! The event had not been held in the US since 1985 so it was a big deal for Philadelphia.

Floral designers traveled from 23 countries to compete. Bart Hassam of Australia won with his gorgeous arrangements. His largest display featured green blooms and heleconia. To see more, take a look at the below videos with Swedish floral designer/Master of Ceremonies, Per Benjamin and Alicia Vitarelli from channel 6.

Hervé Frézal from France used lots of asparagus in his organic design. And, the Mexican designer, Leopoldo Gómez, incorporated another favorite of mine, protea, in his design. He also used dried gourds for his flower vases rather than the more commonly used glass tubes.

Glass always catches my eye. We passed this on the way to the butterfly exhibit.
We never did make it to the butterfly exhibit; it was super crowded and the waiting line looked really long. We opted to spend all our time in the main hall and passed on the butterflies. Maybe next year! By 2020, we'll be ready for a Riviera Holiday!

Related Links
Video 2019 FTD World Cup Round One
Video 2019 FTD World Cup Round Two
Video 2019 FTD World Cup Round Three 
Video 2019 FTD World Cup Saturday afternoon 
Video 2019 FTD Semifinals part one
Video 2019 FTD Semifinals part two
Video 2019 FTD Semifinals

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