The past few weeks I have been harvesting roots of all sorts! Fall is all about root veggies and my garden is right on time.
Check out these gorgeous (and huge) French Breakfast radishes!
I know, they look totally weird. Aren’t radishes supposed to be round? Not these ones. These French Breakfast radishes are an heirloom variety which have an elongated red and white root. They are much milder than the round, grocery store variety (which can have a little bite). Their mild flavor is what had the French snacking on these for breakfast. I don’t know if I’m up to eating raw veggies with my breakfast, but I do really love these as a snack dipped in hummus. I have a ton of them ready to be picked, so I’m looking for good radish recipes! I remember my French grandfather snacking on radishes with butter and salt… I may need to try that!
Next up on roots: Carrots!
My wimpy carrots are finally starting to get a little bigger. They love the cool weather. Carrots are supposedly sweeter after a frost, but since we may or may not ever get one, I’ve been harvesting away. These beauties got roasted up with some sweet potatoes.
Speaking of potatoes…
I guess potatoes aren’t technically a root, but they do grow underground like one, so I’m going with it.
A couple of our potato plants are still pretty green and alive, but one had died. When the plant dies, it’s time to harvest the potatoes. And so we did. Garden potatoes (they are also called “new potatoes” because they are so fresh and their skin is paper thin and hasn’t had time to thicken for storage) are better than any potatoes you’ve ever had. They are so sweet and creamy and out of this work. We roasted ours with olive oil, salt, pepper and a bit of garden rosemary.
I feel so accomplished when I make meals made mainly from food we have produced. One morning I made this omelet using garden potatoes, garden beets and beet greens, and quail eggs. The only store-bought ingredients I added were onion and feta! Come spring we will have garden onions, too!
Last but not least, if you didn’t see it earlier in the week, check out this Spinach and Feta Quiche I made. Instead of spinach I used some rainbow chard from the garden!
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Have a great weekend!