Every year, early in the spring I plant radishes from seed in my little garden. Since my garden is so small, I tuck the radishes rows between some of the slower growing vegetables such as broccoli or cabbage in order to utilize precious garden space. Radishes are amazingly fast and easy to grow. All they need is water and warm spring days. Within 3 weeks after sowing the seeds, I am able to harvest crunchy little radishes for salads and snacks.
Thin sliced crunchy red radishes…
My Radish and Sesame Seed Salad is one of my favorite ways to prepare fresh picked radishes from my garden. It’s vibrant in color and has wonderful Asian inspired flavors. Next time you plant a garden, try sowing a few radish seeds. Enjoy! Tessa
3 cups thinly sliced red radishes
2 Tbs Mirin (sweet cooking wine)
2 Tbs sesame oil
2 Tbs rice vinegar
1 tsp black sesame seeds
1 tsp minced ginger
1/2 tsp garlic paste
1/2 tsp salt or to taste
fresh cilantro, green onion or chives for garnish
Thinly slice the radishes with a mandolin or sharp knife. Set aside. In a medium sized bowl whisk together the Mirin, sesame oil, rice vinegar, black sesame seeds, ginger, garlic and salt. Add radishes and toss. Place in the refrigerator and let marinate for about 45 minutes. Garnish with fresh cilantro, green onions or chives. Makes 4 servings.
Beer Breads are some of my favorite loaves of bread to bake. They’re easy, require few ingredients and taste delicious. For years I have made the same Whole Wheat Beer Bread and it has always been my “go to” recipe. “Go to” until now… My favorite Whole Wheat Beer Bread recipe now has to share the spotlight. I have a new recipe that is equally delicious but with a different spin. I call it Sesame Seed Beer Bread. It’s made with all purpose white flour, Oregon brewed beer, and black and white sesame seeds.
My Sesame Seed Beer Bread has a pretty black sesame seed speckled center with a lovely mixed sesame seed top crust.
It slices nicely and goes great with leafy green salads and piping hot bowls of soup. I had a couple of slices toasted this morning for breakfast. It’s easy to make and tastes fabulous! Enjoy! Tessa
3 cups all purpose flour
6 Tbs sugar
1 Tbs black sesame seeds
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
12 oz beer
1/2 Tbs black sesame seeds
1/2 Tbs white sesame seeds
1 1/2 tsp olive oil
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix together flour, sugar, 1 Tbs black sesame seeds, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a medium sized bowl. Add beer and mix until lumps are gone. Don’t over mix. Add mixture to greased 9 x 5 inch baking pan. Sprinkle top with 1/2 Tbs black and 1/2 Tbs white sesame seeds. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until done. Makes one fabulous loaf!