Friday, 18 June 2010

for the love of radishes

did you know that before my swedish feast i had never eaten a radish? or at least not that i can remember anyway. and i've seriously been missing out all these years. i remember reading this post over at Kimberly Snyder's blog, and feeling really up for trying them out, because of their amazing health and beauty benefits - who knew these tiny things were so good for you.

another great reason to have radishes is that they are really quick and easy to grow yourself. they don't need a lot of space, and after sowing the seed, 6 weeks later you'll have a good selection of radishes to eat up. you can also plant them throughout most of the year because there are so many different varieties - so you can eat them all year round!

the taste is so fresh, and so summery and the great combination of crispy and sweet that is perfect in a vegetable.

i've been experimenting (well sort of) with using them in different ways, all as fresh and raw as possible to help retain the goodness.

simply used as a dipping tool alongside cucumber sticks, or perhaps carrots and bell peppers, they are fantastic...even better if you leave a bit of the tops on to use as a handle (next time i'll remember this)!

used in a green smoothie. it adds a delicious, almost aniseed, freshness to this morning beverage. this particular one was amazing, it had a bag of rocket & mizuna leaves, 2 large radishes, 2 nectarines, 1 banana, 1-2sp maple syrup, linseeds, water - amazing!

cucumber, radish and dill salad alongside meatballs, onions and egg, how swedish is that?

thinly sliced on top of a spinach, mackerel, tomato and goats cheese salad - a great little addition!

to sum up; i love radishes! they will forever be in my fridge, and i can't wait for our own allotment radishes to be ready to eat!

currently listening to: carnies by martina topley bird

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

hot potato salad and mustard baked trout

well hello! long time no speak. how are you all?

it's taken a long time for me to get back into the swing of things after the amazing swedish feast. we've been eating leftovers for the past two weeks, and i was recently able to share some of my creations with farmor, which she really enjoyed! this past weekend i also got to take a peek inside one of her first swedish cookbooks (kokbok's!) which was really interesting, and i might just be able to attempt some of the recipes from it some day - perhaps i might even be able to persuade my lovely farmor to come on camera for you all to meet!

anyway, food has become interesting recently as my brother is now home, which means that there's more meat and carbs in the house, and fresh fruit disappears very rapidly...we'll just have to wait to see how it works out, but it's going to take some adjusting that's for sure.

without further ado, here's my latest eats:

we had a couple of friends round one sunny sunday afternoon after church for a little hot potato salad, much enjoyed by everyone - especially when followed by a stroll down a very pretty english bridleway

hot potato salad is one of the best inventions ever - boil some new potatoes, fry some chicken strips and bacon pieces, put it all together in a big bowl with lots of spinach, olive oil and wholegrain mustard - enjoy!

stir fries should be interesting, so boiling some sweet potatoes before frying, adding lots of interesting veg, including chard, kale, celery and shallots to the pan is guaranteed to bring you out of any stirfry rut

raspberry smoothies - mmmm, summer in a glass

porridge with sliced banana, flaxseed and honey = ultimate

we've really been enjoying our mustard, and one of the best ways to use it up is as a dressing for baked fish, just mix it with a little olive oil and lemon juice before putting in the oven for 5 ish mins

sardines on toast is a great way to get fish into your diet, and having it with a massive salad is great on summer days as well as balancing the whole meal out nutritionally

french toast is beautiful, and surprisingly quick and low carb, in fact it's all the very best things a breakfast should be...

currently listening to: the sun ain't shining no more by the asteroids galaxy tour