Browned Shallots with Beet Salad and Chevre; the update

Did I mention that I like goat cheese with beets?

I decided that we could go a week or two without puff pastry….

But I’m not quite ready to stop fussing with the goat cheese and beets.

And, despite the nearly non-stop rain, I’m starting to think about spring salads.

This is a compromise.

Browned Shallots with Beet Salad and Chevre

Total time: 20 minutes


  • 4 medium shallots, cut in half the long way
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 medium, cooked red beets (beetroot), cubed
  • 2 rounded tbs soft goat cheese
  • Vinaigrette:
  • 1 tsp Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tbs Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbs olive oil

Browned Shallots with Beet Salad


  • Sauté shallots in 2 tsp olive oil until very browned and starting to get crisp.
  • Stir in 1 tsp Balsamic vinegar, remove from heat and keep warm.
  • Whisk mustard and 1 tbs Balsamic vinegar in a medium bowl.
  • Slowly whisk in olive oil. 
  • Add beets and stir to combine.
  • To finish: divide shallots and arrange on two plates.
  • Divide Beet Salad and spoon next to shallots
  • Add chevre and serve.

We hung wallpaper this week.

I should say mon mari hung wall paper. I am not deemed sufficiently qualified to do more than assist as instructed. (I’m no fool – he’s good at it and has the experience.)

I’m very good at helping.

We decided to do it in 2 shades of blue.

I like blue.

I can pretend it’s an uncloudy sky….. (yes, I know that’s not a word, but if Willie Nelson can say sing it I can type it.)


That’s mon mari – working on the trim.

In case you’re wandering what’s next – after the floor and the trim and the doors, that is…..

This is the last corner to be done….

The last room.


Did I mention that there were feral cats living up here before we bought the house?

This is the orignal door leading out to the barn – complete with the cat hole.

I think we’ll need a new door….

6 thoughts on “Browned Shallots with Beet Salad and Chevre; the update”

  1. Why would you need a new door? I think just nail it shut – you know the cat door part … 😉 Like the two blues a lot … unclouded works in my books.
    LOVE beets and goat cheese, put them together all the time.

  2. Progress! I actually love the doe with the cat hole. If you replace it, perhaps you can keep it in the barn as a memento of how rough the house used to be?

  3. Wallpaper, painting, changing light bulbs….all stuff I am really too short to be any good at.
    Which is good…cause I dislike all of them!
    Goats cheese and…well, anything. Yup.
    But I do especially love it with roasted beets.

  4. Looks soooooo good – I too adore beetroot & goat’s cheese. Have bookmarked to try this.
    Cheers and happy renovating.

  5. Tanna, and outside the door are the most decrepit stairs – that we use all the time…. scary.
    Zoomie, I rather like it too – we’ll find a use.
    manningroad, thanks…. it’s just best if I stay out of the way.
    Cindy, woman after my own heart.
    Carolyn, hope you like it!

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