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The Mystery Soup


The mystery soup was made from radish leaves!

Years ago when we visited with a French family in Bordeaux, France, we were served some soup made from radish leaves. Before this I would never have thought they would be edible or tasty. The leaves are very mild tasting and made a pleasant soup that we enjoyed. I noticed that French cookbooks have quite a few recipes for pureed soups. It's one way to use up lots of little odds and ends of vegetables. The green color predominates and potatoes can be used for thickening.

The other day when I was shopping for fresh produce I noticed that the radishes were nice and that the leaves looked really fresh. Sometimes they look a bit ratty and wilted even in the store. When I got home from shopping I immediately broke off the leaves, washed them, cooked them briefly in a small amount of water and then chopped them in the blender. When it was time to make the soup I made a cream sauce with 2 Tbsps. butter, 2 Tbsps. flour, a cup of milk, some pepper, and a little chicken soup base. When this was thickened I added the radish leaf puree.

Last summer I found this Victory Garden Cookbook at a thrift store while we were visiting in Michigan:

picture of Victory Garden Cookbook

It contains a multitude of information about vegetables and it even has a recipe for Radish Leaf Soup. 🙂

picture of Radish Soup Recipe

Since I just had one bunch of radish leaves to work with I couldn't follow this recipe, but it did give me an idea. 🙂

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Do you like radishes? I have to admit that I'm generally not overly fond of them. They are bright and colorful and do help to perk up a salad in the winter when you can't find nice tomatoes.

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In France we were once served a cream soup made from cooked radish leaves that was actually quite tasty. I had never thought to cook radish leaves, but I learned that French women are quite adept at turning vegetable trimmings and pieces that are a bit wilted into nutritious and filling pureed soups.

I once read a Mrs. Pigglewiggle story in which a little girl would not take a bath. Mrs. Pigglewiggle advised the mother to plant radish seeds (which grow quickly) on her daughter. When they sprouted this encouraged her to bathe. 🙂

Anyway, here is a delicious sandwich filling that contains radishes, among other things. It may sound like an unusual combination, but, as my DH would say, it really is. My friend Joyce first served us these sandwiches when DD, Megan had her first interview in the school she taught at in Michigan. This is a good way to perk up your tuna salad.

Tuna Cottage Cheese Sandwiches

1 cup cottage cheese
1 can tuna, drained
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped green onion
6 sliced radishes
1/2 cup toasted, slivered almonds
4 English muffins, split and toasted

Combine the cottage cheese, tuna, mayonnaise, celery, green onion, radishes, and almonds. Spread on English muffins.

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