How about fresh radishes dipped in butter and salt and eaten in the garden on a warm day? The dark pink, the white crispy interior, pinching off the little root tail between thumb and forefinger. A peppery, salty, buttery snack that evokes freshness and lazy pleasure. Sometimes there is true beauty in simplicity: the children laughing together, a perfectly crafted final sentence in a beloved book, a phone call with words of love. Radishes.
But what else to do with radishes? Dessert. Ice cream. Super-healthy vegan banana ice cream with a warm pinch of cinnamon, topped with sliced radishes drizzled with maple syrup and roasted so that they get sweeter, milder and absolutely magical.
This dessert couldn’t be easier to make. Which is good because life is rather hectic at the moment. There are goodbyes to be said. Too many. Promises of staying in touch. Too few hellos. There are boxes to pack and memories to wrap. Cupboards to clean and papers to sign. There is much worrying to be done. Excitement to be had.
So I leave you with a simple dessert. A healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan dessert. A portion of fruit, a portion of veg, a portion of magic.
- 1 bunch fresh raw radishes
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 3 bananas, frozen
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 200C/400F.
- Slice the radishes and toss in an oven-proof dish with the oil and maple syrup. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until they begin to brown.
- Whiz the bananas and cinnamon in a blender or food processor until it creates a whippy consistency. Top with the roasted radishes and serve immediately.
“I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all incumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run. ”
― Henry David Thoreau
My world feels rather complicated at the moment, so I shall simplify my life and eat radishes.
Life is precious; don’t waste food. Here are some great ways to use the leftover radish tops from this recipe:
Lindsey’s spring garlic and radish top soup sounds sooooo good.
How about Clotilde’s amazing-sounding radish leaf pesto?
Passionately Raw’s radish detox smoothie uses both radishes and radish tops.
I absolutely love White on Rice Couple’s salad of carrot, beet and radish tops. Amazingness from waste.