May IV: making soup from excess radishes…

This year, by sowing more radish than before, it has of course been a bumper harvest in May. We have had far more than the 12 a day necessary to feed three, so somehow, the excess radishes needed using up.

The radishes to the left in the feature image were left to grow for seven weeks and the roots are about four times the usual size I harvest for salads.

So I did a bit of reading and had a go at making onion, radish and potato soup.


1 good sized onion, chopped

2 rashers back bacon, sliced

1 medium sized potato, sliced

12 large radishes, sliced and leaves, sliced

Olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, dill

1 pint of stock


Soften onion, crushed garlic and bacon in olive oil on low heat for 3-5 mins, then add the chopped radish roots and leaves, mix thoroughly and let the mixture sweat for 3-5 minutes.

Season with salt, pepper and dried dill, add the sliced potatoes and the stock, bring to simmering point and leave on low heat for 15 minutes.

Liquidise and serve either imediately or after leaving overnight.


A fine way to avoid putting unwanted radish on the compost heap….

Author: Rhys

Rhys trained as a research biologist, working for a decade in the cancer research charity sector, before completing an MBA and working in management consultancy, technology transfer and early technology investment spaces, mostly working with UK academics to turn their scientific discoveries into value for society. AS a younger man, he was fascinated with mountains, both climbing them and ski-ing down them. Whilst living in Scotland, he completed a round of (then) all 277 Munros, the independent mountains over 3000ft originally complied as a list by Munro. He also spent his holidays representing the Ski Club of GB, as a Representative and Party Leader between 1990 and 1997. During that time, he found to his bemusement that he was able to predict, without understanding fully why, to a remarkable degree of accuracy, when good snow conditions would occur in the Alps, gaining an unworthy reputation for predictive genius in 1990 when predicting the evolution of the 1989/90 winter in Wengen, Switzerland for his CEO boss. He used this skill for the next seven years to ensure that he enjoyed powder snow pretty much every time he went ski-ing. An MD student he was training in Oxford also impressed his wife by taking Rhys' advice about when to take her to Italy in the mid 1990s! In recent years, Rhys has turned his mind toward how to grow prize tomatoes, winning several prizes in local and London shows and has, in the past 3 years, moved toward taking over a 50 square metre urban vegetable patch, which he has turned into a no-dig area since autumn 2014.

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