I learned early on while traveling, if a local food person is so kind as to show you (the obvious foreigner) the goods, you should listen up and follow directions. I thanked my radish friend and got to work.
Radish Toast is a very simple recipe, and as with all bare-bones assemblies, the quality of the ingredients is of the utmost importance. If you can't find the crunchiest, brightest radishes, don't even bother. I know that sounds snobby, but it's the truth. Just wait until next week when the harvest tastes better! In Portland, the radishes are going crazy right now, and with that in mind, I'm making a lot of tea-time radish toasts, just as I was shown while meandering a market in gay Paree.Radish Toast serves 2
Ficelle (or substitute a baguette, but I enjoy the smaller size of the ficelle for this recipe), cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
Generous pats of high-quality butter (I enjoy locally-made Larsen's Cremerie Classique butter)
6 radishes, finely sliced
A few sprigs of flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
Pinch of kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper
Toast your bread rounds to desired doneness (I like mine well-toasted). Spread butter on toast generously. Place radish slices on top of bread, and sprinkle with parsley, salt and pepper.
Delicious with tea or a glass of wine.
(Image and illustrations: Leela Cyd Ross)