Quite literally, đồ chua means “sour stuff” — or Vietnamese pickles, in this case. It was a staple in my parents’ house while growing up, and eventually became a staple in my own grown-up house. It’s a very Vietnamese thing and reminds me of all the wonderful home cooking from my childhood. I can eat [...]
Every season, I let a few of my radish plants flower and seed. Some I leave to collect seed for next season, and some I leave to harvest the pods. Amid this tangled mess of vines is a handful of daikon radish plants — plants that had grown over 4 feet tall, full of little [...]
I have a dirty, dirty little garden. I do. I don’t know what goes on at night, but this morning, I caught them all in the act… the carrots, that is. The Well-Endowed
If I had to choose one foolproof edible for a first-time gardener to grow, I’d choose the radish. Quick to germinate and quick to bulb, the radish (Raphanus sativus) is part of the brassica family of vegetables — up there with broccoli, cauliflower, turnip, and all the things that are good for you.
Sometimes, you just don’t have time to wait around for your pickles to pickle before you can eat them. For those times, there’s quick pickles. Well, quick enough, anyway… These are my favorite quick pickles to make — deliciously tangy in just a few hours and scrumptiously served with the barbecue platter of your choice. [...]
I have a raised bed in my garden that barely gets any sun in the winter. Whatever’s growing there in the summer usually stays there until spring, when the days are longer and I plant anew. Being a bienniel, that means my chard is the last of the crops to linger after the rest have [...]
When I think of spring, I think of this salad. Fresh, green, earthy, full of life. Luckily for us southern climates, winter tends to feel like spring most days, so I’ve had the ingredients for this salad growing in my garden all season and this recipe makes perfect use of them. As the superstar of [...]