Archive for May 1st, 2012

Window sill soup


Last week’s CTWW was about growing something.

Here’s an interesting update on growing veges indoors, on window sills.

Even Small Footprints will like this one…

A few year’s ago the National Trust in the UK organised an initiative called ‘Ledge Veg’. They estimated that there were 600 acres of growing space available on window sills in the UK.

But most of us restrict our window box activities to a few herbs – great for flavouring but hardly likely to warm your tummy on a cold winter evening.

Instead try our recipe for raddish [sic] soup. Raddishes are incredibly easy to grow on a windowsill and while we traditionally use them for summer salads, they also cook into great soups. Raddishes can also be used as sprouting seeds.

Don’t restrict yourself to the little red, round ones. German Salad Radish is red but longer and more like a small carrot in shape. Very quick to grow. Radish Albena are white and quite hot. Both are suitable for growing indoors (and as a base for soups). Here are two of my favourite raddish soup recipes.

White spicy raddish soup

white soup

  • 12 white radishes (save the leaves)
  • 2 medium onions
  • 1 stock cube (chicken or vegetable)
  • 1 tablespo0n of  butter
  • 1 tablespo0n of flour
  • 3 cups of milk
  • 1 cup of water (more or less to achieve a good soup-like consistency)
  • 3 dried bay leaves
  • salt and white pepper (you can use black pepper but ground white pepper really works for this recipe)

1. Dice the raddishes and onions and soften in half of the butter. Remove and reserve.
2. Melt the rest of the butter and stir in the flour. Then add the milk slowly to make a smooth paste. Keep adding the milk and then the water to achieve a soup-like consistency.
3. Reintroduce the raddishes and onions, stock cube and bay leaves. Add salt and pepper to taste.
4. Cook over a gentle heat for two minutes and serve with crusty bread.
5. Chop the leaves and use as garnish.

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