While Lucie and I were researching radishes online, we came across an article about a festival in Oaxaca, Mexico called “The Night of Radishes”. This festival is held each year on December 23 and features art carved from locally grown radishes. You can read more about it in this article from the Vancouver Observer.
Lucie and I decided to try our own radish art. We saw this idea at Shades of Tangerine.
The kids all thought this was a fantastic thing to do. They now have big plans to carve an entire enchanted fairy garden from vegetables. I think we will save that project for later…
In addition to making radish art, we tried making two different kinds of radish chips. The first was plain baked radish chips with salt. We found this recipe on food.com.
First we sliced the radishes. We just used a knife, but they may have been a more consistent thickness if we had used some kind of vegetable slicing device.
Next, we added one tablespoon of peanut oil and tossed the slices around to coat them. I’m sure any other kind of oil would be fine.
The girls were excited to help with the next step and had fun lining them up on the baking sheet.
We sprinked them with salt and baked them at 375 degrees for about 8 minutes. Then we flipped each little radish slice over and baked them for another 8 minutes. We may have overcooked them, but we found that we liked the crispy ones the best.
These were eaten in less than one and a half minutes. And they only took about 30 minutes of slicing, arranging, flipping and salting to make. We need to find a way to automate this process.
Seriously, look at this reaction from Josie:
She was smiling as she tasted a radish! We got a triple two thumbs up rating for this one!
We will definitely be making baked radish chips again soon.
This variation was a little trickier to bake. They went from soggy to overdone in the blink of an eye.
The girls did not like this kind of radish chips, but Theo and I gobbled them up.
I thought they tasted kind of like really burnt marshmallow for s’mores, which I love, but I would probably skip this variety in the future.
Thanks for visiting,
A few words from Lucie:
We made radish chips and they were a lot of work. Josie and I helped Mama lay the radishes out on the tray. I like one kind of radish chips, but I did not like the other.
I think the radish festival and carving contest in Mexico is cool. I would like to visit the radish festival someday. I like the mushroom radish that we made. Vegetables can be more than tasty. They can also be fun!