Sunday, August 21, 2011

Japanese-ish Radish Pickles

I have a confession to make. I don't actually like radishes. It's not as though there is anything wrong with them, exactly, it's just they have never ingratiated themselves to me. The roots are too crunchy, the leaves too prickly. They grow too quickly in the garden, often going to seed before you get a chance to pick them.

But they are very pretty, and I would love to love them.

I decided to try a Japanese pickle recipe from Just Bento. It took very little time to prepare a weeks worth of pickled radish. Plucking a few pieces out of a jar is far more convenient than going down to the garden, picking, washing, cutting...&c. radishes each day.

It tastes good, but I bet it would have tasted even better if I had some Ume Vinegar and daikon. Here's what I did:

About 20 small radishes, fresh from the garden
1/2 cup rice vinegar
2 Tbs Honey

  • Prepare the radishes, cut the leaves and tips from the root. I'm keeping the leaves to make one of these two rice spice recipes: Spicy radish leaves Furikake or Radish leaves, bonito and shrimp furikake. Put in a ceramic or glass jar with a lid.
  • Mix the vinegars and honey together, poor over the radishes. You want the radishes to be covered by the pickle juice so if you don't have enough, see the original recipe for adjusting the amounts.
  • They are ready to eat the next day, and will keep well for a little over a week.

This recipe makes radishes quite acceptable to me. But I be some of you are wondering why bother? If I don't much like radishes, why eat them?

I want to eat vegetables that I usually shun because I feel it's important to get more variety in my diet. If I can eat more of what I grow and increase the number of different kinds of plants in my diet, then maybe I can acquire a greater range of nutrients from my food and spend less money on vitamins and supplements.

It's actually great fun trying different recipes. The best part is working with fresh from the garden produce. It's so colourful.

Now, if only I could find a way to like Kale.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Farm life - Lunch

I went to the garden today for lunch.

Baby beet greens, scarlet runner beans, fresh carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, and the first lemon cucumber of the year. It's going to be a great lunch.

In other news, I'm sorry I'm so slow getting back to everyone. July fizzled out and I did my usual thing for dealing with stress: withdrew from the world. I'm still working on getting back to things, so please be patient.