Nature's Easter Egg
As Easter preparations get underway for many this weekend, eggs of either the hardboiled or chocolate variety will be part of the equation, particularly if children are involved.
How I loved finding a basketful of chocolates, marshmallow chicks and jellybeans nestled amidst a faux bed of grass, magically delivered by the one and only Bunny on Easter Sunday morning.
And how I loved a chocolate egg -- hollow, coconut or cream filled or covered with a speckled candy coating. Any one would do the job of sending me into a sugar high. These Easter confections were no match to the ovum from the chicken coop, dyed all pretty, only to be part of a game that failed to intrigue me.
I remember wondering why other kids liked to playing hide and seek with Easter eggs that weren't chocolate. Why would I want to collect painted hard-boiled eggs, which are the yuckiest things on Earth, I thought. And still do.
Now, thankfully, there are radishes filling in for those hardboiled numbers -- but without the shell OR the smell. The beauties, above, are Easter Egg Radishes -- and no, that's not a name I made up. They're the ultimate Easter treat, visual or gustatory. I love 'em as a centerpiece in all their Easter finery, but they're also quite tasty as a crispy snack or in salads.
I like them sliced very thin, with a hint of salt, and sometimes a little dip in olive oil. A traditional way to do radishes is atop bread points, with a smear of butter. Try them with other crunchies, like fennel and frisee, and sweeten things up with a honeyed vinaigrette and just a touch of orange. Lovely.
Match them up with a piece of seared fatty fish such as wild salmon or tuna. Dip them in honey if you've got a nagging cough. Try them with a hint of chevre. The choices are nearly as tantalizing as a basket of chocolate eggs. (Well, sort of.)
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