Monday, June 29, 2009

What to do with radishes?

I'm already pulling out a bunch of radishes out of my garden. Those things grow fast. Unfortunately, there isn't a whole lot that you can do with them. Usually I just snack on them or cut them up and throw them in a salad. Tonight I ate a few of them and realized that there was still half a bag in the fridge and another few dozen that were growing fast in the garden. Last year I mostly just let them grow until they got so big that they were too tough and woody to eat. I'm determined not to make the same mistake this year so I went ahead and looked up some recipes.

I was surprised at how many recipes there are that use radishes. The first one that caught my eye was mexican cole slaw. I already had half a head of cabbage in the fridge so I went with that. It turned out pretty good. The other half of cabbage was used to make cole slaw out of some russian red kale that grew back from last year. That turned out really good but the mexican slaw was much better. As much as I like cole slaw you'd think that I'd plant some cabbage. Maybe next year. Anyway, here's how I made the mexican cole slaw:

Half a head of cabbage
A dozen radishes
A can of black beans
1/2 cup salsa
1/4 cup of mayonnaise
2 tbsp white vinegar

Shred the cabbage and chop up the radishes. Then mix all of the ingredients together. That's it. As for the red kale slaw I did the same thing minus the salsa, beans and radishes. That turned out pretty good, too.

As for the rest of the garden, my carrots seem to be coming along. I must not have planted my broccoli seeds deep enough because the plants were falling over. I shored them up with some more compost and they're still standing so hopefully that saved them. My zucchini is getting out of control. My bean plants are huge. My lettuces are doing OK. My peppers are growing, too. I think that my dog ate some of my tomato plants when I first planted them. The ones that he didn't eat are getting huge. The ones that he did are growing back fast.

The weather has been spectacular around here for gardening. It's been raining for a few hours every day. The rest of the days have been sunny and beautiful. If this keeps up then I won't even have to do anything besides pull a few weeds.

8 comments:

SurvivalTopics.com said...

Sounds like good weed weather too! But yes, even here in the north we can get several crops of good radishes in a season. Very good veg in salads to be sure!

Bitmap said...

Radishes get hot here. I don't know if it's the soil or ? but some are hot enough to make your eyes water.

The Urban Survivalist said...

That's how I like them. If they don't have that much flavor.

John Mellem said...

My family likes radishes in potato salad, macaroni salad or just on crackers with butter. When we were little Mom made us radish sandwiches with butter, kinda like cucumber sandwiches but spicier.

debbieo said...

I bet you can dehydrate them. Last a long time that way.

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Noddy said...

Have you tried steaming them and serving them with a butter sauce as a side dish? Or boiling them in soup? Plus, shredded into a stirfry is another way to use them up. I've had good luck canning boiled radishes for soups and freezing shredded radishes for stirfries, frittatas, and other cooked dished where shredded vegetables are used.