Sunday, January 20, 2008

R is for Radish, Cannellini and Cheese

The Roman poet Horace compiled a long list of foods that would wake up a weary stomach. Radishes are on his list. And there is nothing more weary than the stomach of a fussy eater. Freddie's own list on the Naming and Shaming Fridge is literally a moveable feast. Radishes have been allowed to creep up from "I hate" to "I am not sure about these ..." Our very last R for Radish recipe came from one of Freddie's favourite chefs, David Hall of the Book the Cook blogspot, who devotes a great deal of his time trying to inspire the appetites of young people. His recipe is slightly sweet, warming and prompted Freddie to nudge radish to the very borders of "I like." Right now the radish is waiting in vegetable transit to be given a visa to travel to "I like."

Cannellini Cheese and Radish Salad

1 tin of Cannelini beans

Radishes, thinly sliced

Crumbly goats' cheese or Lancashire

Red onion thinly sliced( optional - we left this out)

Fresh parsley, chopped finely

Dressing - 1 tbsp Dijon mustard, 3 tbsp olive oil,1 tbsp cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon runny honey.

Make the dressing and warm in a small pan with the cannellini beans. Simply dress the plate with the beans, radishes, onion and parsley and crumble the cheese over. Serve with crusty bread.

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Our next stop is Raddichio...any thoughts?


  1. Ah, radicchio .. try to find the elongated Treviso ones. Then, leave them whole, just brush them with olive oil, sprinkle with crunchy salt and pepper, and cook on the grill. Nothing better!

  2. We recently enjoyed radicchio pasta: shreds of radicchio sauteed with onion in some olive oil, then doused with light cream (single cream), salt and pepper. This "sauce" was tossed with cooked whole-wheat pasta and parmesan cheese for a hearty supper.
    But radicchio can be a little too bitter- might need some blanching first.

  3. Nice one Freddie, as always you make me very proud and I hope you are still open to being our official Expo Chef mascot, proving that anybody can be convonced to eat delicious veggies!

    David x

  4. I tried the roasted radishes Freddie & Charlotte. I give them 2 thumbs up!! Thanks for making me into a new food trier!

  5. Anonymous10:39 AM

    Radicchio should be an interesting one! I just found your blog, but I'm a vegetable lover and Radicchio's gotta be one of my favourites! I second the notion that Radicchio is best grilled. Wedge it, toss with salt, olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar, wrap the whole thing with a strip of smoked bacon (everything's better with bacon) serve with grated parmesan and some fresh basil chiffonade...

  6. Your blog and recipes are wonderful, and I so enjoy visiting
    here...and come often.

  7. I'm embarrassed to admit that there's so much I don't like - I'm not at all like Freddie. I've made a list of some of my least favourite foods here and tagged you, Charlotte.

  8. I wouldn't have thought of warm beans, crunchy radish and crumbly cheese but it sounds fab. Compliments to the chef, cook and taster!

  9. Who knew a vegetable would have to go through such a rigorous immigration procedure :) but I think it makes perfect sense.

  10. You have a very nice blog, good post and pictures…keep up the good job

  11. Sorina,
    Thank you so much. Please keep visiting and leave your thoughts - they are much appreciated.

    I know - It is a tough process but only in the interests of fairness to all vegetables who are subjected to the same process!

    Thanks. David's recipes are always a hit in our home.

    Trig, Thanks for the MEME - and I am sure that you arent a fussy eater - reading your blog which is brilliant by the way.

    My garden fence - I wish our garden fence was as beautiful as yours!!

    Hrrumph 77 - I think we have done something a little s9im9ilar with our first radicchio recipe. Do you like it?

    Bellini Vellini - Brilliant - SO glad you tried it and liked it.

    Nupur - this recipe sounds delicious and we will try it out.
    The cream will take away some of the bitterness.

    Lydia - Thanks - we foundthe round ones this time round!

    David - do we get a fancy costume if we become a mascot - like in footie>


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