When I see the crocuses in my backyard starting to flower, I know that there is a light at the end of this very cold and miserable tunnel. What is the bright light I see? Why, it’s spring!
This past Saturday, I had an early morning wake up call before a much needed trip to the Halifax Seaport Market to gather goods for my impending dinner at Sugar Moon Farm later that night. It was just what I needed to awaken my inner beast from hibernation. As I perused the “old” market (also known as the Historic Brewery Market) I was over the moon to find four bunches of ruby red radishes grown by Ted Hutten of Hutten Family Farm. I quickly grabbed all four bunches (to the dismay of the woman behind me) and made the decision right there and then that those beauties, one of the first true sign of spring, would be turned into an amuse-bouche for my dinner at Sugar Moon Farm.
How could I do these radishes justice? Well, for those of you who know me know my motto: I like to keep it simple. Keeping it simple is exactly what I did.
The thinly sliced radishes were placed ever so gently on a crostini that had been slathered in salted butter and sprinkled with a smidge of maple sugar. Perhaps it was just psychological, but these lil’ treasures tasted like spring (at least what I think spring is supposed to taste like)! They were pretty to look at and equally delicious to eat. It is no surprise that this amuse was a big hit with the guests on Saturday night.
My quest for more tastes of spring continues. What will it be next? Fiddleheads, rhubarb or maybe some ramps? I’m not entirely sure, but I’m anxiously waiting to find out on my next trip to the market! What are your favourite tastes of spring?