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I have been cooking my way through life for over 50 years, beginning with mud pies as a child. I've turned a corner now and feel a Renaissance in my life. Recipes and Random Thoughts is my personal spin in a blog about how to prepare good food and how it prepares you for life. I want to share with you, honest to goodness food punctuated with perspective from the special memories and moments that have marked my journey.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Pickled Butter Radishes and Shallots

Do you know the French eat radishes on buttered bread with a sprinkle of flaked salt for a snack.  I found that remarkably different until a friend brought me a bunch of his" butter "radishes. It's winter and anything from the garden is a treasure and should be prepared with careful consideration. I guess this variety lends itself to the buttered bread idea as they are small and milder than the grocery store bunch.  I thought they'd be more useful to me as a pickled vegetable this time of year.
 Mixing them in with a salad for a tasty bite of crunch and piquant flavor is refreshing during these bleak winter months.  Any type of radish will do and it's a snap to make.

1 pound radishes, cleaned and trimmed of roots and stems, thinly sliced
2 large shallots, sliced thin
1 whole garlic clove
1 bay leaf
Pack into a pint glass jar

Combine the following in a nonreactive medium sauce pan and bring to a boil.
1 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbls sea salt
1 tsp. coriander seed
6 whole pepper corns

Cut the heat and let sit for 10 minutes.
Pour the hot brine liquid over the radishes and shallots in the jar.  Allow the mixture to cool before putting a lid on.  Store in the refrigerator for up to one month.

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