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Radishes aren’t really known for being sweet. In fact, I’m sure most of us would classify them as rather pungent or spicy. However, finding these particular radishes at the Cherry Street Farmer’s Market in Tulsa this morning was very sweet.

The first thing I noticed was the size; the largest in the bunch is almost three inches long. Second, almost all of the radishes in this bunch (actually, all of the bunches) were very large. Third, they are extremely crisp and delicious.

Picture 1 shows the entire bunch. I’ve never paid $2.00 a bunch for plain old radishes before. However, this was a special occasion and these were worth it. I’d never seen radishes this big before.

Picture 2 shows the largest one in the bunch.

Picture 3 shows that one sliced open. Notice there are no woody or discolored parts to it at all.

The next thing to do was find some delicious radish recipes. This one sounded good.


Radish, Butter and Bread

1 bunch (approximately 2 dozen) small, firm, fresh radishes*
8 slices best-quality dark or white bread, cut into quarters**
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
Fleur de sel, coarse salt, or sea salt

* Vari-colored radishes may be used.

** Purchase whole loaves of bread that you will slice yourself.

Wash (don’t peel) and trim radishes; set a dozen or so tender, fresh leaves aside. Place the washed whole radishes in a plastic container; fill container with enough water to cover the radishes, add 4 to 6 ice cubes, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

sliced radishesJust before serving, thinly slice radishes into rounds (sliced paper thin like translucent sheets of ice). Each radish round should be tipped with color. Chop or sliver radish leaves.

Spread one side of each piece of bread generously with butter. Top with some chopped radish leaves and then cover with the slices of radishes.

Serve, offering the salt at the last minute before eating (let each guest sprinkle the salt on).

NOTE: Serve with a white wine such as pinot gris wine or chardonnay wine.

Makes approximately 8 to 10 serving.

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So did this one.

Baked Radish Chips Recipe

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients

10 radishes
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp paprika

Directions

  1. Thinly slice radishes

  2. Steam in microwave for 5 minutes

  3. Put in bowl with spices; stir

  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, flip the chips, and bake for another 10 minutes.

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And finally, these.

Mexican Coleslaw

4 cups shredded coleslaw mix (from a 16-ounce bag)

  • 1-1/2 cups radishes cut in thin wedges
  • 1 can (19 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2/3 cup thick and chunky salsa
  • 1/4 cup reduced-calorie mayonnaise

In a medium bowl combine coleslaw mix, radishes and black beans. Stir in salsa and mayonnaise. Serve immediately.

Yield: 4 to 6 portions, 7 cups

Cool Mediterranean Pasta with Radish and Orange

  • 8 ounces (3 cups) rotelle pasta (uncooked)
  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves torn in bite-sized pieces
  • 1-1/2 cups thinly sliced radishes
  • 1 cup fresh orange chunks
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-calorie mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon oregano leaves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Cook pasta in salted water according to package directions; drain and rinse under cold water. Place in a large bowl along with spinach, radishes and orange. In a small bowl combine olive oil, vinegar, mayonnaise, oregano, garlic and salt. Pour over pasta mixture. Sprinkle capers, if desired. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate up to 3 hours.

Yield: 4 to 6 portions, 7 cups


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PERFECT BALANCE

I began stacking rocks a few years ago while walking on the beach north of Victoria, B.C. with a friend. Wish I could say these are pictures of my efforts, but my skills need a lot of tweaking. I love these pictures!

Chris

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I thought you might enjoy these pictures. Here’s a sample:

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As an avid cyclist myself, I really like this, especially the part about Unitarians.

Blessing of the Bicycles from God’s Politics Blog

by Nadia Bolz-Weber 05-28-2009

bicyclesUrban biking is not without peril. Many of my parishioners rely almost exclusively on human-powered transportation and do so while competing for road space with motorized vehicles. As a way of acknowledging the inherent goodness of God’s gifts of life and health and the humble but elegant bicycle, we decided to conduct a Blessing of the Bicycles for the entire Denver cycling community. This event was open to all regardless of religious affiliation, race, creed, color, sexual orientation, fat or thin tires, and brand of bike. We even welcome unicyclists and Unitarians. Some may take it more seriously than others but it doesn’t matter. As we swing our thurible of incense over the Schwinns and Cannondales, we do so as a human community seeking God’s blessing and protection for all who brave our city streets on two wheels.

Our prayers:

Present in a world groaning under the excesses of consumption, we acknowledge the inherent goodness of non-motorized human powered transportation and give thanks for the simple beauty of the bicycle. God of life,

Hear our prayer.

Present in a community filled with children, we pray for those learning to ride. Keep them smart, safe, and visible on their neighborhood roads. God of life,

Hear our prayer.

Present in a community filled with strife, we pray for the victims of road rage and bike theft. And we ask for the strength to forgive mean people. God of life,

Hear our prayer.

Present in a world of work, we pray for those who build, repair, and clean our bikes and those who rely on bicycles to earn their living. Bless those who choose to not drive to work and those for whom driving isn’t even an option. God of life,

Hear our prayer.

Present in a community of beautiful diversity, we ask your protection and blessing on all who ride: pedi-cabbies, weekend warriors, athletes, homeless folks, students, children, eco-warriors, bike co-op anarchists, messengers, and all the others who take to the Denver streets, bike paths, parks, and mountains. Keep us safe as we ride. God of life,

Hear our prayer.

We now observe a moment of silence for all who have died while riding …

God of life,

Hear our prayer.

AMEN

Nadia Bolz-WeberNadia Bolz-Weber is a Lutheran pastor living in Denver, Colorado, where she is developing a new emerging church, House for all Sinners and Saints. She blogs at www.sarcasticlutheran.com and is the author of Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television.

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Since I’ve doubled up on blogs a few days this month, I’m going to get a bit lazy today and post someone else’s blog entry. However, it’s probably the most important one this month.

I follow a blog called Tiny Choices, and this morning’s entry covered a wonderful international musical movement called Playing for Change. Please check it out. Listening to “Stand By Me” brought tears to my eyes. What a wonderful project to help connect EVERYONE.

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Actually, it’s been quite a productive day even though I spent most of it staring at the laptop screen, answering email I’ve put off for who-knows-how-long, and taking care of some correspondence. And then there’s the normal daily check-in with Facebook friends. So, maybe the eyestrain will be worth it in the long run.

First, out of the blue this morning I got three new Facebook friends, bringing the total up to thirty-six. It would have been 37 but one person canceled. However, I understand the reasons because I’ve considered doing the same several times, especially after getting hit with a Trojan last month. Now I’m being extremely careful about what I open and so far haven’t had any problems since then. Knock on wood. I think it’s been worth it though, because now several of my nieces, my brother and his wife, a nephew, and two cousins are now Facebook friends as well as lots and lots of friends from various stages of my life. It’s been wonderful to get back in touch with all of them.

Second, I wrote and emailed a proposal to the Board of my UU church in Bartlesville about starting a program of Small Group Ministry for them, something I’ve had a lot of experience doing. I feel very strongly that churches need to have small groups, or covenant groups as most of us call them, especially members of congregations such as Bartlesville who do so much good work outside the church, participating in activism of all kinds. I believe that sometimes it’s necessary to take time to reflect upon our lives in order to make sense of why we do the things we do and what it all means. So, we’ll see how this goes.

Next, I reviewed some material about working with volunteers and setting up a volunteer program in preparation for meeting with the social work intern at A Third Place Community Center in Turley on Friday. We’re going to plan how to set up that program and also talk about how to arrange and decorate the small volunteer space set aside for that purpose. I’ll stick around the Center that day and do my own volunteering, then stay all night in my RV. That’s because…

I’m going to meet a brand new friend at the Cherry Street Farmer’s Market in Tulsa early Saturday morning. It’s straight down the same road so hopefully I won’t get lost. She and I met on the “Simple Living Discussion Group” and discovered we live fairly close to each other. So, we’re going to hang out together Saturday. Should be fun.

Finally, I decided once and for all to finish work for my M.Div. degree since I’m so very close to being done. I haven’t decided yet whether I’ll go for ordination, but will keep that in the front of my mind. Although I’m really tired of jumping through hoops, I’m pretty sure it will be worth it in the long run. Yes, there have been a few years since finishing my internship and CPE in which things pretty much fell apart i.e. divorce, several not-so-good jobs, and a definite lack of money. The lack of money is still here, but now I am really eligible for good financial aid. So, I think I’ll most likely go for it.

So, this evening I sent off requests for official transcripts, filled out the application form, and asked permission to use several people as references. Sunday night it all goes in the mail, along with a non-refundable check for $60.

So, it’s been a decent day. I even did a load of laundry at the laundromat. Of course, we won’t count trying to burn up the toaster oven while warming up a few tortillas. I keep forgetting the thing is a combination toaster/convection oven and is very fast. I got it to use in the RV where it’s very handy. When I get independently wealthy, I’d love to just keep it out there and get a small microwave for this house. I didn’t think I’d miss the microwave that much, but I got used to having one, especially for warming up leftovers since I’m still trying to cook for more than one person most of the time.

Chris

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The Grace to Listen

God, as I grow in experience, I pray I may keep from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from craving to try to straighten out everyone’s affairs. Give me the grace to listen to the tales of others’ pains, but seal my lips to my own increasing aches and pains since my love of rehearsing them grows stronger as the years go by. Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to become a sour old person. May I be thoughtful but not moody; helpful but not bossy. With my growing store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all—but You know, O God, that I don’t want to lose all my friends!

(Anonymous)

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