April 22, 2015

At the Homegrown Café...

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... it's freezing cold this morning. Snow, even. But Meade harvested some radishes, cleaned them up, and declared them a "photo op."

49 comments:

tim maguire said...

Veal radishes. Couldn't you give those babies a chance at life?

Hazy Dave said...

Looks like our radish crop last year. Disappointing, and terrible; very fibrous and woody. Oh well. Hope yours are more edible.

lemondog said...

Thank you but no. I'm just stuff and could not eat another delicious bite...

Laslo Spatula said...

Alien Sperm. I see Alien Sperm.

I am Laslo.

SteveR said...

Al Gore hardest hit

m stone said...

Root root vegetables.

Coconuss Network said...

No comment

Meade said...

Crunchy, sharp, and earthy. Delightful with a drizzle of olive oil and a shake of salt and garlic.

Bob R said...

We've started roasting radishes. Not as spicy as I expected, but still a good flavor, and I liked the texture. Low carb.

eddie willers said...

As God is my witness, I'll...er...be hungry again.

Dr.D said...

When I first saw those long, long roots, I thought I was seeing some sort of small rodents.

Dr.D said...

When I first saw those long, long roots, I thought I was seeing some sort of small rodents.

Meade said...

Fine. I'll eat them myself.

As the fourth of five siblings all under the age of 8, I was farmed out to my grandparents as a toddler because I was, well, reportedly something of a handful. Annie, my 90 year-old Irish blind great-grandmother lived with us and one of my earliest memories is of her sending me out to the garden to bring back the first radishes. She'd slowly carefully nibble on one and then smile and declare, "Oh! I believe I taste spring!"

Curious George said...

How can you joke while people are mourning?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElJFYwRtrH4

Meade said...

You should tell my radishes that you love them.
That you care.

lemondog said...

Crunchy, sharp, and earthy. Delightful with a drizzle of olive oil and a shake of salt and garlic.... and a magnifying glass.

MadisonMan said...

Crunchy, sharp, and earthy. Delightful with a drizzle of olive oil and a shake of salt and garlic

No.

Actually, No thank you.

lge said...

Those radishes are like a comet -- mostly tail.

(Not that there's anything wrong with that.)

Meade said...

No.

Actually, No thank you.


That's what I'd say to Great-grandmother when she'd offer me a bite. For some odd reason, I had better manners on the farm than at home.

Be said...

They're beautiful! French Breakfast? Those're about as big as my radishes would ever grow at the time when one could ostensibly harvest them. Didn't care. Would eat them anyway, as they are the first Taste of Spring if one isn't into pea sprouts.

I like them on buttered pumpernickel bread with a sprinkle of salt, washed down with a glass of beer.

The young greens are good pureed into a soup.

traditionalguy said...

First fruits.

Meade said...

There you go. Way to be, Be!

Wilbur said...

Olive oil, garic and salt makes pert' near anything good to eat.

Or as my grandfather used to say "Pert' near but not plumb".

Marc Puckett said...

Radishes are the only vegetable I'm consistently buying at the Farmers' Market downtown, so far anyway... since the first of the month. Lovely French breakfast (rather larger ones! but not so much larger: the woman said they get tough or woody quick), white and red and purple more or less spherical ones. Well, parsley, too, and early leeks, once, tiny but the flavor was advertised to be 'distinctive'.

garage mahal said...

Happy Earth Day!

Julie C said...

In November I planted some golden beet seeds and rainbow carrot seeds. For the last month we've been enjoying them roasted and added to salads. The carrots are fun to harvest as you don't know which color you are getting until you pull them up from the soil.

I've planted a lot of potatoes this year - red, fingerling, and yellow. So easy to grow and so satisfying to get them out of the ground! Unfortunately I don't eat many as I'm trying to avoid the carbs.

sydney said...

I love radish sandwiches. Just radish, bread, and mayo.

tim in vermont said...
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Rick said...

What a wonderful memory Meade; the taste of Spring. When I think of my childhood Springs, I think of my sweet pea patch.

My elderly neighbor gave me a patch of her garden where I could plant peas. Whenever I saw her out working in her gardens, I would go over and visit her, and she would teach me all about vegetable and flower gardening.

I planted the French Breakfast radish seeds on Saturday. Hopefully, with the temps in the 30's the next few nights, the gardens will escape with little damage. I had also planted kholrabi and red romaine plants.

Haven't tried roasting radishes, but am enjoying roasting my fresh asparagus (already had 3 cuttings).

kfb said...

...pretty sad looking, if you ask me...

Be said...

My runty-looking seedlings aren't planted yet this year, the last of the snow having only just melted w/in the last week. Normally there'd be an early crop of bitter greens and peas sprouted by now.

Packing the kids off to a relative's farm might be the ultimate take on Free Ranging.

Younger brother and I got sent to our ciocia's farm in WNY for Summers. As there were 15 kids in that family, another two were really easy to absorb. My first job at the age of 6 (with my same age cousin) was to collect eggs. Chicken eggs were for selling, duck eggs for eating. I loved having a job and being useful. Miss duck eggs; they're so much richer. Can't justify the price here, though.

My radish story's not nearly as poetic. One of the older cousins told me to try some "white carrot," which turned out to be fresh-picked horseradish. I just remember the burn exploding out of my eyes / nose / ears / mouth...

Largo said...

It's a very radical photograph!

MadisonMan said...

@Be: Don't duck eggs have super-rubbery whites? That's what I've always heard. I've never partaken.

Maybe that's goose eggs though. (Never had them either)

MadisonMan said...

I'm sitting at a Coffee Shop -- the new one that will put Victor Allen's out of business -- working on an exam, and the guy next to me, on a phone, is saying he sounds like a dick (multiple times), a real Ass, so I'm wondering what the context of this conversation is.

Big Mike said...

Latest Internet joke.

Q) How do you get a Democrat to shut up?

A) Ask him to list Hillary Clinton's accomplishments.

Be said...

Q) How do you get a Democrat to shut up?

A) Ask him to list Hillary Clinton's accomplishments.

-Snort-

A Boston area Non Democrat (we do exist; just make like Sasquatch most of the time) would probably shoot back,

"What Difference Does It Make?"

***

Well, that was interesting. Google made me select all the hamburgers from a bunch of pictures to prove I wasn't a robot. Guess what was for dinner today?

Be said...

@Madison Man:

Cooked or raw? I don't remember them being rubbery after they were cooked, though it's been a while. Maybe will treat myself to a 1/2 dozen and give them the "America's Test Kitchen" scramble treatment.

Only goose eggs I've ever had were after knocking myself in the head.

Meade said...

Q) How do you get a Democrat to shut up?
A) Ask him to list Hillary Clinton's accomplishments.


CNN: Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she is not sorry she advised President Obama to take military action in Libya despite the way it led to the formation of ISIS but she does regret "the way the president used my perfectly good advice."

"How could he have been so poorly prepared for the aftermath of the toppling of Colonel Gaddafi?" the New York Democrat Secretary of State asked Tuesday night on CNN's "Larry King Live."

"I don't understand how he and Valerie had such an unrealistic view of what was going to happen."

No, wait. Sorry. I was thinking about her vote to authorize military force in Iraq.

rcommal said...

/Some times I take a great notion/

Levi Starks said...

Sad. Root.

Meade said...

"The consensus was the same, from the Clinton administration to the Obama administration," she said. "It was the same intelligence belief that our allies and friends around the world shared — Gaddafi needed to go. Gaddafi was, himself, a weapon of mass destruction."

"But I think that in the case of the [Obama] administration, they really believed it. They really thought they were right, but they didn't let enough sunlight into their thinking process to really have the kind of debate that needs to take place when a serious decision occurs like that."

She conceded that making such decisions is "very tough" for the occupant of the Oval Office.

"That's one of the reasons why I think it's important to have a president who asks a lot of questions, who is intellectually curious, who seeks out contrary points of view, who doesn't just surround himself with people who see the world the same way, and in 'leading from behind'" she said.

"You have to have a decision-making process that pushes a lot of information up and asks a lot of hard questions. You don't get that sense from this White House."

Clinton also said her impression of the Obama White House is that "it's a very close-knit, quite insular team that basically talks to itself and has very strong convictions -- which is admirable -- that are not shaken by evidence or any factual differences in what they intend to do."

rcommal said...

Clinton also said her impression of the Obama White House is that "it's a very close-knit, quite insular team that basically talks to itself and has very strong convictions -- which is admirable -- that are not shaken by evidence or any factual differences in what they intend to do."

So, in other words, it's just like her own team, but in a different iteration. In yet other words: not her tribe.

That's the full-stop, there, folks.

Meade said...

Well, wait. I might have mis-transcribed a bit.

Again.

Patrick said...

Basically, it sounds like Hilary is telling us to vote for someone else.

madAsHell said...

I just finished Keith Richard's "Life". I read the book because our hostess seemed to enjoy it. I'm a huge Rolling Stones fan, but thought the book would be self-serving, and poorly written.

It's all that, and more from the world's most elegantly wasted man!!

rcommal said...

It's what you do, so, hey man!

Meade said...

A well regulated vegetable garden, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the American people to keep bare arms for sowing, pulling, and killing radishes, shall not be infringed.

MadisonMan said...

One of those radishes, btw, looks alarmingly beet-like.

Meade said...

Good eye, MadMan. Apparently you do not lack Vitamin A in your diet.