Have I mentioned we live in the city? Our house is surrounded by established gardens, and by midday is completely shaded. It’s delightful, but not helpful for budding gardeners who aspire to vegetable patch ownership.
For some time now, we have enjoyed fresh produce from our farming friends. There’s something exciting about selecting your dinner from the garden, and checking for lady beetles before eating! What’s even more fun, is when the farmers can be induced to let us play in their dirt. 😀
We’ve long been fascinated with the variety, the sheer weirdness, of seed selection from heritage seed companies. It’s worth browsing even if you have no room for a vegetable patch. We bought several varieties of obscure-sounding goodies, and showed our un-farmer-ish-ness by purchasing something that it is already too hot to plant. (Ah! We are novices. 🙂 )
Right along with our new experiences of creating a row, and spacing and planting seeds, and watering, we were able to share a new experience with the farmer. Every parent will know what I’m speaking of: that phenomenon of having a lot of little helpers, which somehow makes a job longer and more complex than when you work alone!
We’ve also been watching the progress of several of the farmer’s vegetables. We didn’t recognise the lettuce when it went to seed, and none of us could guess the identity of a sweet potato plant when we were first introduced to one.
Each week we check on the corn…
This week, we thrilled to see the first little radishes peep through! Hooray!
Why are we extra excited about the radishes, you ask? Well! 😀
Have you tried radish chips? Even the little souls at our house who endure radishes gobbled these up. They are that good. So extra delishy scrumptious!
Slice those little balls of fire into thin chips.
Toss around in olive oil.
Spread on a baking paper covered tray, and grind a little salt over. Or not. (But I like to live dangerously 😛 )
I used the fan grill function of my oven, and left them for 15 mins. In a normal hot oven they may take a little longer.
And that’s it. They actually taste nothing like radishes, and it’s hard to say exactly what they do taste like, but friends, if you have radishes available to you, this is a must try. Seriously.
Stay tuned… I’m sure I won’t be able to resist showing you the chocolate capsicums, or the rainbow silverbeet, or the purple carrots, or …. (you really should browse the seed site. It’s fun 😛 )
Thanks for visiting, bloggy friends!