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Football! Week 16 – Sweet & Sour Radish Recipe

I never thought I’d hear myself say this but, mercifully, this football season is almost over.  It was an ugly week for this Bears fan, topped by their losing badly to a mediocre Seattle Seahawks team.  A couple of days before the game one of their receivers, Sam Hurd, got pinched for receiving a bunch of cocaine with intention of selling – to other NFL players and the general Chicago drug-using community.  Obviously there’s a lot wrong with this situation because of the whole drugs being illegal thing and that athletes are usually role models.  But here are some other observations:

  • Impact to local economy – Hurd is from Texas and his easy entrance to the Chicago drug market is taking away much needed jobs from local thugs.
  • NFL Stardom – Apparently, the honor and glory of being an NFL player is no longer what it used to be.  This kills my dream of being an NFL punter, which is a few steps below wide receiver in terms of prestige.
  • Inflation is completely out of control – He just signed a $5 Million contract and it apparently isn’t enough to feed his family.

So all of these things combined made for a bummer of a football week.  Or it could just be that this week’s losing produce – a black Spanish radish – was pretty uninspiring.

Sweet and Sour Black Spanish Radish

This was a very simple recipe and I had very low expectations.  It wasn’t bad, but it’s not one I personally would choose to make again.  The radishes themselves are very spicy and this recipe killed all of the sharpness out of them.   Boom Boom gave it a thumbs-down – not so much because of the flavor, but because the radishes and leaks are going to wreak havoc on our gastrointestinal systems.  Recipe is from

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter, divided use
  • 2 small/medium black Spanish radishes, cut into 1/4 inch dice
  • 2 leeks, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup rice wine or white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • About 2 teaspoons honey
  1. Cook the leeks and radishes in 1 tablespoon of oil or butter over medium heat for about 3 minutes, until softened and beginning to brown.
  2. Add vinegar and water and cook, stirring often, until radishes are soft but still a little firm, about 5 more minutes. Hmmm, vinegar and water…wonder if these guys are being sponsored by Massengill?
  3. Add honey to taste.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.

This week’s picks

This week’s guest produce is a sweet potato.

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2 comments on “Football! Week 16 – Sweet & Sour Radish Recipe

  1. Yinzerella
    December 22, 2011

    Oh, please oh please sweet baby Jesus let the Brownies win!

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