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I like the look. An alternative to the 'fruit bowl painting' genre.
Makes one feel like a member of the peasantry.


"The earth is the earth as a peasant sees it, the world is the world as a duchess sees it, and anyway a duchess would be nothing if the earth was not there as the peasant sees it."

Gertrude Stein


I planted out some seedlings today, so I thought I'd harvest what needed harvesting.
Now I gotta eat it...

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Comment by Dave Riley on December 15, 2020 at 21:38

I'm cooking radishes a lot now. Last night we had a chayote (choko) Filipino stew into which I also added radishes, chopped to the same thickness as the chokoes.

This Filipino dish (recipe) is a standard at our place. So tasty and nutritious...and filling!

I serve it with a fried egg on top.

I do grow  a lot of radishes -- daikons. And they're usually very big.

The greenery on the bottom right of the photo is leaf celery -- which is an absolute kitchen essential. Celery plus onion plus sweet peppers is the Holy Trinity of Cajun cooking. Must be the greatest invention since...

But I changed the Filipino recipe by first cooking up the Holy Trinity...but I almost always have celery because I can grow it as leaf. 

Then before serving I added a good bunch of Okinawan spinach (Gynura bicolor)  and water spinach(Ipomoea aquatica) good for you but tasted fab..

Comment by Dave Riley on November 26, 2020 at 8:01

Yes: crispy white.

Comment by Christa on November 25, 2020 at 17:21

Lovely white chokos Dave. we love eating them steamed with vegies. First time I've seen a Hokkaido pumpkin, hope it tastes good.  Does it have a pale centre?

Comment by Dave Riley on November 24, 2020 at 20:52

The choko will go into Filipino dishes. The green beans and radishes into soups along with spring onions (that's my daily fare) . I'm keen to do best by the Hokkaido pumpkin. The toms, I'll freeze. Some of the eggs will go to the neighbours. There's a bottle gourd in there which is sentenced to being part of a Sri Lankan curry.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on November 23, 2020 at 22:36

Interesting Haul Dave, what did you end up cooking with this lot. Do Share!!!

Comment by Barbara Tealby on November 23, 2020 at 18:29

Such abundance!

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