Thursday, June 30, 2016

Gingery Coconut Milk Radish Greens Soup

(hashtag) radishmania 2016.
stop worrying. start sharing.
Gingery Coconut Milk Radish Greens Soup
with Salted Buttered Radishes.

I'm a black belt in anxiety fueled second guessing and self-sabotage.
An achievement a lifetime in the making.
It's the reason I'm terrible at sustaining friendships, why I still haven't gotten any tattoos or learned to skateboard or surf, and why I'm finally writing this slightly spring-y soup post on the eleventh day of summer at six in the evening.

The recipe has been tested and ready to share for well over a month at this point. But every time I sat in front of the computer and tried to write something (ANYTHING) to fill this space, I cycled through that obnoxiously familiar... nothing ever seems quite good enough no one cares what you have to say everything feels overwhelming so instead I'll just tunnel down the internet rabbit hole for a few hours because everyone should know how to modify a vintage dresser to conceal a litter box and tori spelling's full post 90210 filmography needs investigating also what ever happened to the guy who played the slightly rockabilly looking musician who sang that song about talking to angels and threw her character down the stairs didn't he get a spin-off or something... headspace.

Noise noise noise. 90s kid noise.

Then I had a minor epiphany at a concert the other night. Maybe it was the music or that I was juuuuust the right kind of self-medicated... whatever the cause, a whole lot of super intense feel-y thoughts about emotional honesty in relation to anxiety happened. The most immediately relevant being that I carved out this little digital nook way back when to put something genuine out into the world -- so what's the point if I'm not being my best (or at least...better) self here? Plus my birthday is rapidly approaching and I'd like to fuel my next trip around the sun with something more effective than creeping discomfort.

So YOU'RE WELCOME EVERYONE! Enjoy my rawness.
Also, this delightful soup recipe.

Gingery Coconut Milk Radish Greens Soup
with Salted Buttered Radishes.

1-2 bunches of radishes (french breakfast, easter egg, cherry belle), greens attached--
you want roughly 2 cups of chopped greens, so shop accordingly
2 large shallots, thinly sliced
1/4c minced ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
2 1/2c reduced fat coconut milk
2c water
1tsp sea salt
2tsp olive oil

dairy free butter of choice
flaky salt

Remove greens from most of the radishes (leave a few smaller ones attached for serving buttered radishes) and wash thoroughly.
Give radishes a good scrub, trim root ends, and set aside. 
Wash and trim any radishes with greens still attached.
Remove tough ends and chop stems into 1/8" thick segments.
Stack leaves and slice chiffonade style, roughly the same thickness as stems.
Set aside a small handful of greens and chopped stems for garnish.

Heat olive oil in a heavy bottomed sauce pan over medium high.
Add garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes.
Add shallots and ginger, cooking 3-4 minutes more, stirring frequently.
Add chopped stems and cook for 30 seconds more.
Add coconut milk, water, salt and greens.
Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 6-8 minutes more until slightly reduced.
Blend using an immersion blender, or cool slightly and carefully transfer to a blender and blend in small batches.

Drizzle soup with a little extra virgin olive oil and garnish with saved greens and stems before serving.
Halve reserved radishes, spread with butter of choice, sprinkle with flaky salt, and serve on the side



  1. Yes to this soup and yes to 90210 and yes to squashing anxiety for improved trips around the sun.

  2. I'm just loving these radish posts. Please keep it up!

  3. I always enjoy reading your posts and seeing your photos.