One of the grocery stores in our area has a massive produce section. It’s a little overwhelming, but it’s also a lot of fun to explore. Little Hippie and I stopped in to pick up a few items for a Super Bowl party in early February, and we had an interesting conversation:
LH: “Hey – it’s a new year.”
Mom: “What do you mean?”
LH: “We started a new year last week.”
Mom: “You mean a new month?”
LH: “Oh, yeah. A new month.”
Mom: (Pause – hamster running on the wheel in my brain) “Oh! You mean it’s time for a new veggie of the month.”
LH: “Yes! What should we get?” with a little giggle.
Mission accomplished with the Vegetable of the Month project. LH is totally on board. This month, she chose radishes. I think it was in honor of the book that started this idea for us – “Rah! Rah! Radishes!”
We tried two different preparations of radishes during the month of February. The first recipe came from Food & Wine magazine, which is surprising, since it’s beyond simple. French bread with butter, topped with radish slices. That’s it. It was fine – we all ate it, but it was nothing to write home about.
The second preparation was much more remarkable, but not in a good way. I tried to make radish chips, per several recipes posted online. I sliced the radishes thinly using the mandoline, microwaved them for 1 minute and patted off the excess moisture, then tossed them with salt and olive oil before baking for 30 minutes. I think I sliced them too thinly, so you couldn’t taste the radish. Just the salt.
Next time, I will make the slices thicker and use a lighter hand with the salt. That said, though, I don’t see myself making them again anytime soon.
I’m excited about taking Little Hippie to select our March Vegetable of the Month – stay tuned!