Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Radish and Celery Saute

I wasn't sure what to do with the radishes I bought at the Green Market. I don't particularly care for the radishes they have at the grocery store (I'm not sure what kind they are--I've just always called them salad radishes). They have an earthy bite to them that is somewhat distasteful to me. They're all right in salads, or as a garnish, but I've never really had the desire to do anything else with them.

So why did I buy the French Breakfast radishes? To tell the truth, I'm not too sure. I guess I get carried away around all that fresh produce and they looked really pretty. But the time finally came for me to make something out of them.

I thought again about Lynda's suggestion to saute them and that seemed like a good idea. I let the idea float around my brain during the day and came up with the idea of combining them with the celery that had been sitting in my crisper for a few days. It seemed to me that the two flavors would blend well together.

And they did. Both flavors are subtle, so neither one was overshadowed. I had about an eighth of an onion I needed to use as well, so I diced it and started off with that. In my efforts to continue a healthy diet, I decided to use olive oil instead of butter. While I'm sure it would have been fantastic with butter, it works just fine with the oil. This would also be really good with fresh basil instead of dried.

On the pop culture front, I finally saw Batman Begins the other night. Good stuff. Thank you Mr. Nolan for letting Gary Oldman play future Commissioner Gordon instead of that same tired old over-the-top psycho killer pimp he's been tossing off for the past couple of decades. And I could almost forget that Katie Holmes has lost her mind and is babbling incoherently in the desolate wilderness that is Tom Cruise. I thought Michael Caine did a good job as Alfred, and Liam Neeson gave a nice turn as well. And Cillian Murphy was originally creepy.

Oh, and Lynda . . . Christian Bale? I finally get it.

It's Mary's birthday today. Happy Birthday Mary!

Radish and Celery Saute

1 bunch radishes, with greens
3 ribs celery, sliced on the diagonal
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/4 small onion, diced
3 Tbsp. fresh basil, or 1 tsp. dried
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Trim the radishes, clean well, and slice on the diagonal. Trim the bottoms off the greens and rinse in bowl of cold water to let dirt settle. Take out of the water and dry, keeping greens separate from radishes.

Heat oil in skillet over med. high heat. Add onions and saute until they begin to caramelize. Add everything except the greens and saute until the celery just starts to lose it's color. Add the greens and cook for one more minute, just until the greens start to wilt.

Remove from heat and serve immediately.


misreall said...

Yay! I clap loud and long at your conversion to Baleism, the fastest growing faith amongst crazed fangirls.
And the salad sounds wonderful

dejamo said...

Hee hee! I'm getting hits now from google searches for Christian Bale.

I hear he's going to be one of six actors (including Kate Blanchett) who'll be playing Bob Dylan in Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There."

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