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A Radish to the Rescue!

Every time I buy Daikon radishes at the market, someone asks me how to prepare them. Unless you are at an Asian market, Californians still see this long white radish as “exotic”. But you will not get that question from a European. I grew up in eating “Retichsalat” in Germany, and it was a Summer staple.

As simple as they are, and fairly cheap (2 for $1!!), they are a giant powerhouse of nutrition. These radishes are known to boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, improve digestion, detoxify the body, strengthen bones, aid respiratory health, and are even said to prevent certain types of cancer. You can read more details on the wonders of the Daikon radish in this great article by Organicfacts.net. 

Here is my favorite & fast Summer recipe! Perfect as a side to meat, or as a fresh appetizer to cold cuts. It is great if you have time to prepare this and let is sit overnight in the fridge, but you can prepare it right before a meal too!

2 Daikon Radishes

salt/pepper

Fresh or dried dill

Sour cream or milk

Grate radishes into thin slices. If you have time, salt them generously and let them sit for at least 1 hour. Drain the water. If you don’t have time, salt them and move on :). (you will have to add more salt later).

Add salt & pepper and dill. Add enough sour cream, about 3-4 large spoonfuls, to make a thick sauce. This works if you still have water from the salting. It will make a very creamy sauce :). If you only have milk, add sparingly, you don’t want it to be runny.

voila! You are done!

Like I said, it tastes better the longer it soakes, and it is very refreshing when coming straight from the fridge.

Enjoy!

Much love,

Heike

Afternoon Musings & Snacks

Fresh picked “snacks” from the garden :).

My kids are at camp this week, and my husband could not get off work, so I am ALL BY MYSELF during the day! Just me, the dog, and the chickens :). It is like I have taken off to a retreat. It is amazing how your everyday environment can change its’ energy!

Don’t get me wrong, I miss them all for a few minutes, then I get back in to my serene state of peace. I am enjoying every minute.

I had a long list of things I was going to do this week, and so far I have checked off: 0.

And that is ok.

I have decided to enjoy this time, and do only what I want. This morning, I took my dog to the river, and we went for a swim. Now I am enjoying the back yard, everything is luscious after 3 days of rain, and even though it is already 90 degrees, there is a magnificent breeze. My chicks and the chickens have found a warm spot in the sun and are dozing, and I just hauled myself up from the hammock :).

These days have given me the brain space to work up a plan for my impending new business, and also to ponder on the things I want to continue, or not. If I could give every woman a prescription for a few days, or even hours, alone…I would. I realize now why I cannot focus, on a daily basis there are a thousand things tugging at me at once.

I made a list of things I want to do this summer (this differs completely from my above list of have-tos):

1. Refresh my Italian. I already started an online course. It is free through our library. It is called Mango. Great way to learn conversation in another language, also a great way to manifest that villa/orchard I am moving to in Italy.

2. Knit socks. I finally found a pattern I can follow, and already have finished one sock, ending up with EXACTLY the amount of stiches that the pattern shows. I am amazing, and will finally have to socks that match. Now I am knitting up all that cool wool I found at thrift stores, and we will all have happy feet. I just LOVE wool socks! Want to make some yourself? Find a picture tutorial here!!

3. If you are one of my vegetarian or vegan friends, don’t watch or read this.
I just bought a pig, Sweetie, at the County Fair. The girl who raised it is a friend of my kids. By buying from her, I support her and her 4H project, and I know that I am getting a healthy, well raised, happy pig. I met Sweetie and cuddled her. Today I watched an amazing video on harvesting. Actually, 4 videos. I grew up eating every part of an animal, so this hits close to home. Now I want to raise a pig myself and harvest it. With love. I need that ranch.  If you like pork, find a farmer where you can visit, support and buy from them, and be happy that you are have magnificent food. Watch the videos on pork butchery here.

4. I am seriously going to clean out my closet and sell all those fabulous clothes I no longer wear, lots of vintage…and buy myself some brand new, red, totally outrageous cowboy boots.

5. I am going to loose 10lbs by bouncing myself silly on my fabulous Rebounder! OMG…this so much fun. I actually bought it to retrain my muscle in my leg, but dagnabit!! It is a hoot! And guess what? According to some experts, this is the key to detoxifying, since you are activating the lymphs while jumping. Who knew???

6. After much YouTube watching, I am going to plant artichokes in my front yard, even if I have to water them.

That’s all for now. More may come, I have two more spa days.

Much love,
Heike