I've been trying to introduce new foods into our lives, not only for the kids, but for myself too! So each trip to the grocery store, I'll buy something I haven't tried yet or tried in awhile. After a little research, I try different ways of cooking whatever it is...this led me to "Braised Radishes" this week!
I don't like radishes...raw! I know this. Ever since I was a kid, I haven't liked radishes. I discovered last week that I do, however, love them cooked! They lose the bitterness and taste very earthy and a little sweet with a meaty kind of texture. The braising liquid is a mixture of chicken broth, shallots, butter, sugar and vinegar, which adds to the sweet / savory yumminess. The radishes cook out a lot of the color, making everything a pleasant pink (hmmm, princess rosy radishes, anyone?) WARNING: If you have any left over, don't heat them up at work...even though they taste good, they do smell like dirt!
As I was prepping my radishes, my two-year-old pushed her step-stool over to the counter to see what I was doing. "Mmm, mommy, I want some!" So I sliced off a very thin piece of radish and gave it to her. She tried a couple of times to bite it...with her front teeth and then with her giant molars in the back...decided she couldn't take a bite and handed it back to me. I'm so proud that she will try things! I put that slice of radish in my mouth, decided I didn't want to bite it, but I ate it anyway...I'm so proud that I will try things!
So after the radishes had braised for about 15 minutes (the recipe says 10-12 minutes; I was playing in the living room with the baby) some of the radishes were more done than others, so as I ate one that was less done, it still had that bitter finish that the raw ones do (that's the part I don't like). I spoke before I thought and asked my husband "are radishes related to horseradish?" Go ahead and laugh at me...sometimes I just have to say it out loud to answer my own question.