Spring is here and so is Christine from Cook the Story bringing you a quick and easy side dish recipe full of bright spring flavors and colors: Oven Roasted Radishes with Peas and Dill. First, she has a funny little story to tell about her troubles in the garden and check out her post all about properly cooking radishes too!
Spring has sprung!
Gloriously, the peas that my son and I planted also did some springing up.
And then most of them did some springing down. (Yup, the died).
The carrots didn’t make it either.
As you’ve already guessed, I’m not a great gardener. I used to be a mediocre one when I had more time (i.e., before I had kids). Since then though, every single live green thing that has entered my house has vacated it in a shriveled brown state.
You see, I don’t really enjoy gardening. I used to do it because I loved the fresh organic produce that arrived in my kitchen as a result of the work. But I didn’t relish the process. Therefore, when free time began to evaporate, gardening (and keeping house plants alive) became a low priority.
Why then, you might ask, when my son enthusiastically declared that he wanted to plant a garden, did I enthusiastically respond with, “Yes! Let’s go choose some seeds from the hardware store!”
Why did I buy him a little notebook for us to write down our observations?
Why did I start taking pictures of every part of the process and tape them into his notebook?
Didn’t I realize that at some point I would be adding pictures of brown dead things and that I would be writing down the following words from my son’s mouth:
“The peas died.
They wanted more water but we forgot to water them.
And they didn’t like the sun.
It burned them brown.”
He was pretty sad about it. But he’s 5. His emotions change quickly. The next day he seemed to have forgotten his sadness entirely and was just plain delighted to discover and devour the very first red cherry tomato from our tomato plant.
What my son has learned from this gardening experience is very different from the “How long does a seed take to sprout” kind of thing that I expected.
Instead, he’s learned how hard it is to keep something alive.
He’s learned how much goes into one perfect cherry tomato and what a wondrous thing that little globe really is.
He’s learned how precious the life of a new plant really is.
He’s also learned not to take gardening lessons from his mom. But that’s o.k.. I wasn’t enjoying them that much anyhow.
Maybe next year his dad will take over. And then, if I know those two guys, they’ll probably learn how to design a self-watering garden with a retractable roof.
And now, here is my easy side dish recipe packed with spring flavors and colors, flavors and colors that have not come from our gardening efforts but from plastic packets and from the freezer section of the grocery store. Still tastes good though!