After the excesses of festive season, January bears the brunt of cutting back whether it be shopping, alcohol and/or food. The feasting seems to start from the beginning of December so come January, we do crave simpler, lighter food. The trouble is that sometimes it can seem a little bland. These crunchy, pickled radish slices will perk up all sorts of things from salads to steamed vegetables, steamed fish to simply cooked meats. And of course they are superb with cheese and crackers, in sandwiches, in burgers; anywhere you need a crunchy, spicy, floral, acidic hit of flavour.
They are ridiculously easy to make – combine the spices, slice the radishes and layer in a heatproof jar. Boil the brine to dissolve the sugar and salt and pour over the radishes. That’s it! You can eat them as soon as they have cooled or refrigerate them for later – they keep for a few weeks. I hope you find that they add a little pizzaz to some of your January meals!
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Speaking of features, there were some stunners last week! I still can’t get over Lily’s Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream and Naina’s Firecracker Shrimps look fantastic. And how about a Lemon Meringue Pie Cocktail from Dini to kick things off with? Then for pudding we have Pecan-Bacon Squares A’ La Mode from Judi! Wowsers!!
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Crunchy Pickled Radish Slices
- 1 bunch of radishes
- 200 ml white wine or apple cider vinegar
- 200 ml water
- 3Tbsp sugar, honey or maple syrup
- 2 tsp salt
- ½ – 1 tsp chilli flakes depending on how spicy you like it
- ½ tsp mustard seeds
- ½ tsp red peppercorns
- ½ tsp fennel seeds
- ½ tsp coriander seeds
- Trim off the tops and tails of the radishes. then, using a sharp knife or a mandolin, slice very finely into rounds.
- Mix the spices together and place half in the bottom of a heat proof jar.
- Fill the jar with the sliced radishes and top with the remaining spices.
- Bring the brine ingredients to a boil, stirring occasionally.
- Pour over the radishes and let this cool to room temperature before serving or storing in the fridge.
The radishes will last for a few weeks in the fridge.