Start by boiling the beetroot; for two people you’ll need two or three largish beetroot. Boil these in salted water until they are tender (anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes) and then rub the skins off. They will rub off with ease if the beetroot are sufficiently cooked. To avoid a beetroot splashing disaster, rub the skin off in a bowl of water. After peeling I would suggest a severe hand washing.