More People Should Roast Radishes


Wow, so it’s been a few days since my last post, so I’m not going to narrate every little thing I ate (like I normally do).  Let’s just say it involved a LOT of tofu/potato taco leftovers 🙂

taco leftovers in soft corn tortillas this time

I think the highlight of my culinary conquests this week was discovering that roasted radishes rock.  My minimal exposure to radishes was isolated to the twice yearly veggie trays (Thanksgiving and Christmas) where it sat along other things I disliked, like raw mushrooms and raw carrots.  I stuck to the cherry tomatoes, spring onions, and celery sticks 🙂

Anyway, I figure that radishes are starchy things like potatoes, and since they’ve been one of my project foods this year, finding a way to enjoy them was on my list.  It didn’t hurt that the Asian market had them ridiculously cheap this past weekend.

So I sliced off the ends, quartered them, tossed them in olive oil and sea salt, and roasted them for about 25 minutes.  The results?  Fantastic!  They were sort of sweet, but also similar to a roasted potato.  The 25 minutes wasn’t long enough, though, and only the smaller pieces seemed cooked through.  Next time I’ll roast them for 30-40 minutes.  But there WILL be a next time.  They were really good.


righteous roasted radishes (say THAT three times fast)


Today has been pretty boring on the food front.  Ezekiel toast with sunflower seed butter for breakfast, a hummus and veggie trader joe wrap after my run, and a baked potato and a Gardein Chickn Scallopini for a very late lunch (around 3pm).  I’m planning a light salad for dinner since D and I are going to our friends’ house (AC and JC) for appetizers, board games, and catching up.

pre run meal this morning!

This afternoon has also been spent baking my little head off.  I’ve been waiting for the baking groove to hit, and apparently today was the day.  I made a batch of the root beer float cupcakes, a lemon bundt cake, and tons of chocolate chip cookies.

root beer float cupcakes, waiting for the chocolate ganache to cool so I can top with frosting
lemon bundt cake cooling before I can pop it out and top with the lemon sauce
and of course the universally pleasing chocolate chip cookies!


I ran Wednesday afternoon and Friday afternoon in my neighborhood.  This morning I went for a group run at First Landing State Park.  There were quite a lot of people, and it was a nice crisp morning.

I did right about 5 1/2 miles, and it all felt really good.  Until I got into the warmth at the store for post run coffee, bananas, and bagels…and started coughing.  I felt pretty lousy earlier this week (which is a big reason I hadn’t blogged), and thought I was finally feeling normal.  The coughing caught me by surprise, and hope it isn’t a sign of something coming.

I will say that I’m totally stoked about Tri training ramping up.  I’m part of a new tri club now (new to me anyway), and am very excited.


It’s been a busy week, but a lot of it has been me being at home.  I mentioned not feeling well, and have been trying to deal with that.

Aside from all that, I did manage to get my work done and attend a few social events:

Wine Wednesday with the girls.  D dropped me off and picked me up, which he usually does, so I can enjoy a couple of glasses and not worry about driving.

Thursday was two events.  The first was our team’s holiday party at Wild Wing Cafe, and then it was off to the T3 (Thirsty Third Thursday) Tri Club social down at the beach.

Yesterday I needed rest, and was asleep by 830!  But today was the group run, which I consider social – especially since I haven’t run with a group in nearly a year.  I forgot how nice it can be to be running with 50 other people!  You know at least someone is your pace!  There was also a 50k race going on down there this morning, and seeing the racers was fun too.

Over the past few days, we’ve been building Kiko (our turtle) a new habitat.  We’ve gone from a 10 gallon tank to a 40 gallon one designed especially for turtles.  And a new filter, grass, floating logs, and even a lily pad.  He’s gotten so big, that he’s definitely outgrown what we had for him.  To be frank; I wanted to release him back to the lagoon that D “rescued” him from last year (he had been washed ashore during a Nor’Easter in November 2010), but I’ve been outvoted.  Apparently turtles hibernate, and he’d likely not survive the winter, so in my house he stays.  In a new and improved habitat.

R is totally coming down with something.  She started getting snuffly yesterday at school, and today she’s a drippy mess.  We busted out the neti pot, but I think it’ll take several days for that to work.  Hopefully it will before anything nasty takes hold in her sinuses.

So that’s it.  Going to finish up my baking frenzy, and then get dressed for later!

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

3 thoughts on “More People Should Roast Radishes

    1. I’ve never liked radishes growing up. I made a wild rice salad a few months ago that was pretty good – but I diced them so fine, it was just crunch and no flavor. I really liked the roasted flavor though.
      I seem better today, but R is still a drippy mess. More neti pot fun today, I imagine!

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