Have I mentioned before that I was a lucky girl? I’ve got a man who not only is a good cook and cures his own olives, but who also loves gardening and grows his own produce!
So far we’ve been able to enjoy from our little veggie patch: snow peas, cos lettuce, red coral lettuce, butter lettuce, the sweetest broccoli I have ever tasted AND, last but not least, my beloved radishes. Or, as they are bizarrely called here, French Breakfast Radishes… I have no idea why, I have never eaten or seen anyone eat radishes for breakfast in France (I know we have weird eating habits, but still!).
What I do know is that I have never been able to find them in Australia. The ones I first bought, the big round dark ones, tasted very strong and bitter: nothing like the mild sweet little radishes I grew up with! The seeds are quite easy to find though, so I asked M. to plant some in our garden/polystyrene boxes.
They are really easy to grow (not to take any credit away from M.’s gardening skills!). It takes around 3-4 weeks for the these little beauties to reach maturity and pop out of the ground: pretty fast!
Once they are ready to harvest, the best way to enjoy the “petits radis” is also the simplest: raw, with butter and salt, to let their crunchiness and their sweet and refreshing taste shine.
Cut the radis halfway through its length and put a bit of butter in the incision. Dip the radish slightly in the salt so that a few flakes stick on the butter, that’s it!
Perfect as an entrée, a snack or at “apéro” time!
And you guys, are you growing delicious things in your backyard or on your balcony? How rewarding is it?!