How many of you load the dishwasher one way and find it annoying when a helper loads it differently? Maybe all of the bowls have to face front or back. Maybe they all have to go down the middle of the top rack. Maybe all of the plates have to line up on one side of the bottom or the spoons have to be facing up in the silverware basket. Do you know what I am talking about?I find myself getting into ruts like that all of the time. I allow pride to take over my common sense. When my kids were little, I had the , “I am the mother, the adult, the one in charge, so of course my way is the only way” attitude. There was a way to hang up clothes and a way to hang up towels. There was a way to set the table and of course, there was a way to load the dishwasher. As my kids got older and started noticing how their friends’ families operated, they’d come home with variations on the my themes. I wasted so much energy trying to keep my domain under my control. It is only now that my oldest is about to leave the nest that I have realized what a waste of time and energy pride can be. The effort to argue about things that don’t really matter is too much. As long as the bloomin’ towels are folded, why should I care if the edges are all lined up? The dishes are clean, so really? Does it matter that the bowls are facing two different directions on the top rack and some even got put into the bottom?
I found that I was in a similar rut with radishes. All of my life, I had seen them in salads or on raw vegetable platters, so of course, that was the only way to serve them! My father loved radishes and would crunch away, eating them with blue cheese dressing while I steered as far from them as I could. I found them too strong for my young palate. Like Brussels sprouts and bananas, radishes went on my rotten foods list. That list, though formed in my youth, has been the standard by which I judged food.Then I tried cooked radishes and all of my rigid radish theories were blown out of the water. It seems rather ridiculous to have had rigid radish theories, but I had them. I found cooked radishes are sweet. All trace of bitterness leaves as the little red orbs soften. Add bacon and you will be over the moon.
- 1 pound radishes
- ¼ pound bacon, chopped
- 1 tsp rosemary
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- salt and pepper
- Clean, trim and quarter the radishes.
- In a skillet, cook the bacon until crispy.
- Remove the bacon to a plate.
- Drain all but 2 Tbsp of fat from the pan.
- Add the radishes, garlic and rosemary.
- Stir and cook over medium heat until the radishes soften and start to turn pink.
- Add the bacon back into the pan and heat through.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.