From The Boston Globe Magazine, 2004 December 26
In a large saucepan, combine the beets with enough water to cover them by 2 inches. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, cover the pan, and simmer the beets for 35 minutes or until they are tender when pierced with a skewer.
Transfer the beets to a plate and leave to cool.
With a serrated knife, cut a thin slice from each end of the oranges. Set an orange cut side down on a board. Cut a curved slice of rind and pith from the orange and continue around the sphere until all the rind is removed. Do the remaining oranges in the same way. Cut the oranges into thick slices, then into 1/2-inch pieces.
In a bowl, whisk the vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper. Gradually whisk in the oil until the dressing emulsifies.
Working over a plate, slip the skins off the beets, discard them. Cut the beets into 1/2 inch pieces.
On a large platter, arrange the lettuce leaves. Add the beets, then the oranges. Sprinkle with dressing. Add salt and pepper and serve at once.
Notes: Haven't tried it yet. I'm a big fan of beets, yet I rarely eat them, which is why this caught my eye.
The bone-chilling scream split the warm summer night in two, the first
half being before the scream when it was fairly balmy and calm and
pleasant, the second half still balmy and quite pleasant for those who
hadn't heard the scream at all, but not calm or balmy or even very nice
for those who did hear the scream, discounting the little period of time
during the actual scream itself when your ears might have been hearing it
but your brain wasn't reacting yet to let you know.
-- Winning sentence, 1986 Bulwer-Lytton bad fiction contest.
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