Sunday, February 17, 2013

Radish Pickle

At our CSA farm pick up the other week there was an abundance of different kinds of radishes.  Dakion and red china rose radish were in the offering as well as black spanish radish.

Radishes are low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol. There are also a good source of Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Magnesium, Copper and Manganese, and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, Folate and Potassium.

I enjoy radishes just as a snack, however this time I thought I'd make pickles instead.   I recently tried radish pickles with a Thai dish and they were quite good so looked around for a recipe.

I found this recipe on the Canadian Living Magazine website from the July 2007 issue.

Quick Radish Pickle
4 cups thiny sliced radishes (I used both Dakion and Red China Rose radishes)
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
1 (green part only) green onion, sliced

In bowl, toss radishes, salt and let stand for 15 minutes.  Drain and squeeze out liquid.  Add vinegar, sugar, sesame oil and green onion.   Toss to combine.

Radish pickle

Friday, February 8, 2013

Winter is Here...

Vacation is over and it's back to work on Monday.  I've been spending alot of time with my new little grand daughter and helping out the new parents.  I'm going to be in baby withdrawal come Monday! 

I came home last night due to the impending snow storm were were suppose to get. The drive home wasn't fun - roads were really slippery.  The weatherman predicted about 25 cm and so far I think they're right this time!  The wind is creating quite the snow drifts and it doesn't look like the snow will stop anytime soon.  Schools have been cancelled today.  This is the most snow we've had all winter.   Our street hasn't been plowed yet and there are a couple of ski-dooers out there having a good time.  

Good day to get a few things done inside.   I've been working a decluttering and have six garbage bags to go to the Salvation Army Thrift store in town.  I took two boxes of books to the used book store near my daughter's earlier this week and sold one of the boxes.  Still have a box of books left, which I'll try to sell at the used book store here in town. 
re-growing celery
Planting some herbs today for my kitchen window and started re-growing some celery.   The celery experiment worked well last year.  

When the snow lets up a bit, will be out shovelling and make a path to our compost bins and wood pile.   

Friday, February 1, 2013

Home Furniture Repair

My first attempt at furniture repair worked out quite well.  Three of my mahogany dining room chairs backs were broken and not suitable for sitting in.  

Using wood glue, the pieces were glued and held together until dry.   Wood screws were then drilled in for added support and strength. Screw heads were cover over with tinted wood filler and then stained.  A couple of clear coats of varathane finished the job.  

Finished, fixed chair... not perfect but now useable.

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