Bitch on the Blog

June 17, 2010

Make mine an Indian

Filed under: Despair,Food,hope — bitchontheblog @ 17:31

Sweethearts, for some of you this TIP OF THE DAY may come too late.

A few days ago, wiping my brow in the midst of chaos, I succumbed to that which I only do when I have no time for cooking yet 18year old(s) in urgent need to be fed:  Ordering a take away. Naturally it took me longer to explore the menu than if I had ground my Garam Masala from scratch but at least the place is an award winner and the chef I spoke to on the phone a paragon of patience. He talked me through the intricacies of Tikka Dansak and Tikka Pathia and everything else on the menu (what do I know about Indian food? Not a lot).

So bad, so good. On delivery I got into minor tangle with lid of the Prawn Madras which had taken Apple of my Eye only 2 seconds to decide on; sauce spilling all over my favourite denim skirt. The Empire has a lot to answer for. I know where disaster lies: One is beetroot juice, the other is turmeric. Immediately soaked skirt in cold water, consulted beloved and best of all reference books on stain removal in my usual misguided optimism only to find: ” Most stains can be removed unless it’s TURMERIC”.  It’s the sort of news on a par when people tell you that you are dead.  However, luckily my heart rarely sinks before all routes are explored. Since it was middle of the night Indian time I did not send SOS to gaelikaa and Ramana as was my first impulse but searched, as one does, the internet, and lo and behold all you need to do is very LITTLE. Rinse garment, leave it out in the sun to dry and the stain will vanish. It’s magic if ever there was one. I CANNOT BELIEVE IT. IT WORKED.  If anyone can work their magic on beetroot stains please do reciprocate.


PS The food and its taste was to die for!



  1. It was nice of the sun to be so cooperative.

    Comment by Looney — June 17, 2010 @ 17:50 | Reply

  2. You sound to be like my mother..clean table cloth and anything with red juice= disaster, especially if it was a double damask table cloth made of the finest whatever!

    As for any red stain…immediately cover stain with table salt (not forgetting to throw a pinch over your shoulder into the eyes of Old Harry) then as soon as possible straight into cold water for a good soak and then wash as usual.

    The salt absorbs most of the wet juice. I have heard of using white bread for the same purpose.

    As far as I know this works for beetroot stains.

    Comment by magpie11 — June 17, 2010 @ 18:55 | Reply

    • Magpie, I think your mother and mine would not have got on like a house on fire. Mine too, to this day, always stands on proper linen and serviettes (napkins); yet(when my father wasn’t around to witness the disgrace) after feeding us she’d put her finger into the remnants of gravy – possibly even beetroot juice – smearing it deliberately all over the table cloth. Her reasoning being that she might as well create an even bigger mess than her offspring had to make the effort of washing worth her while.

      It’s probably all you need to know about my upbringing.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — June 17, 2010 @ 21:36 | Reply

      • Ah! I was referring to the inevitability of her spilling red food on the cloth!

        Comment by magpie11 — June 20, 2010 @ 22:57 | Reply

  3. Just found this online!!!

    With its deep purple colour and it’s liquid juice you might think that one stain from that means the end of your prized possession or garment!

    Well here is how to remove the stains from beetroot from clothes:

    Soak a piece of white bread in cold water and cover over stain.

    Once the bread has absorbed the stain, wash as normal. Simple, but highly effective!

    and this…..

    One very effective method of removing beetroot stains in particular is the use of white vinegar and baking soda. Mix the vinegar and baking soda in a small bowl until you have a malleable paste. Spread the paste on the stain and let sit for a minimum of ten minutes so the paste can soak into the stain. After those ten minutes you can use a scrub brush to scrub out the stain.

    I didn’t know any of this!

    * Beets (beta vulgaris) are a member of the same order of flowering plants Caryophyllales, which includes bougainvillea, cacti, amaranth, carnations and the strange insectivorous plant — Venus Fly Trap!
    * The Romans believe that if a man and a woman eat from the same beetroot, they will fall in love (with each other, presumably)
    * They considered beet juice to be an aphrodisiac. Beetroot is rich in the mineral boron which is important in the production of human sex hormones.
    * Around 800 BC, an Assyrian text describes beets growing in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the wonders of the ancient world.
    * Betanins, pigments obtained from beetroot, are used industrially as red food colourants – e.g. to improve the colour of tomato paste, sauces, jams and ice cream.

    Ah! Just found this…might give a clue!
    To remove beet stains from the skin rub lemon juice on them.

    Comment by magpie11 — June 17, 2010 @ 19:08 | Reply

    • Magpie, thank you for being so thorough in your research. Truth is that by the time I will have absorbed all that information and put into motion(not least salt and breadcrumbs) the stain will have set.

      The thing to remember is not to share a beetroot with you. Lady M wouldn’t like it, neither would you if she turned green.

      With you in the squeezing of a lemon,

      Comment by bitchontheblog — June 17, 2010 @ 21:45 | Reply

  4. I eat a t. of turmeric every day. I forget why except maybe it keeps away Alzheimer’s.

    I put it in my breakfast concoction of 4 T. flaxseed, 1 T. cocoa powder, 1 t. cinnamon/clove, & 1 1/2 t. ginger for digestion. I don’t actually measure any of this. If someday I can’t get my eyes open & slop it down my front, I’ll know to put it in the sun.

    Comment by bikehikebabe — June 17, 2010 @ 19:15 | Reply

  5. Yes. Nothing like the sun for taking out turmeric stains. You can take it from a mother of four Indian kids.

    Comment by gaelikaa — June 17, 2010 @ 19:24 | Reply

  6. Words of wisdom from Lady M, ” Cold water for all vegetable stains. Hot water fixes them.”

    I love cheese and beetroot sandwiches! Preferably a great strong cheddar.

    Comment by magpie11 — June 20, 2010 @ 23:01 | Reply

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