Little Veggie Kitchen - Simply Radishing

At least one day each week Eve hangs out with her Nanny Baa, one of the many awesome things they do is tend a little veggie patch out the side of our home. The biggest crop resulting so far are these gorgeously crisp ruby red radishes that show no signs of letting up yet. While most of my recipes are made from ingredients sourced at our Farmer's market this recipe lets Miss Eve and her Nanny's hard work shine in a simple roasted dish that is perfect for a side or a nourishing meal for one.

Simply Radishing - Simple Roasted Radishes

Lila Wolff  original - Side dish or small 1 person serving

Preheat oven to 200c

Wash and remove the ends from your radishes, slice bigger radishes in half and place in baking dish. 

Finely chop leek and garlic and mix with radishes.

Drizzle over lemon juice and pressed olive oil.

Add rosemary leaves and sprinkle with pink salt.

Roast in oven for 30-45 minutes stirring occasionally.   If radishes release too much liquid during roasting drain slightly and return to oven.

Best served: Wrapped in warm wooly blankets to stave off the winter cold, enjoying the lemon scented softness of your freshly roasted radishes.

roasted radishes - simply radiating from Little Veggie Kitchen

Click here for printable recipe

Little Veggie Kitchen is a place to link and share your recipes or kitchen tips and access others to build your collection. While we absolutely encourage vegetarian and vegan recipes in celebration of the Meat Free Monday movement all recipes are welcome.

As we have an allergic toddler our household is completely dairy & bovine product free,  if you prefer dairy products in your recipes simply swap out the non-dairy substitutes for your preferred dairy product.  Need help with substitution?  Send me an email and I'll do my best to get you sorted!

All of our Little Veggie Kitchen linkers have their recipes pinned to our Pinterest Little Veggie Kitchen link up board and are promoted on Twitter and our Facebook page.

All Little Wolff created recipes will also be linked on this page for easy reference.

Little Life - A big walk

You may have caught on from our last post Delight - The Pink Lakes, I took a LOT of photos last weekend.  For a place that is so scrubby and unassuming when you drive toward it, it absolutely is packed with treasures.  I think when the weather warms, but isn't too hot we might take our first family camping adventure out there so I can capture all the wonderful things that I missed this time around.

I've already waxed lyrical about our experience of this place, so now I'll leave you with yet more images captured by my heart and my lens.

  1. Pretty crisp white and happy yellow flowers blooming despite the salt.
  2. Some of the flowers may have been weeds, but were still so beautiful.
  3. My gorgeous, helpful and caring middle child.
  4. Tiny explorer taking the lead.
  5. A caterpillar that builds its home by burrowing!
  6. Little hands and new growth.
  7. Spiders web in the salt crusted earth.
  8. Of course not everything survives in this harshness.
  9. More bones.
  10. Beetle skeleton.
  11. Multicoloured mud

Tell me, where do you return over and over to make new discoveries?

Delight - The Pink Lakes

The beauty of the region where we live is hidden, understated and so easy to miss. Pop culture tells us that verdant rolling mountains, crisp peaks dusted with snow or crisp sandy beaches with turquoise waters are the places where nature and serenity reside.   In focusing on what we should love, it's so easy to miss the unique zones of Australian landscape and the delight they hold. It's not a love for the cliche or the easy, its beauty is one forged in resilience and diversity, the true elements of our land.  

It had been so long since I had turned my mind to what is special about our region, beyond the lovely little bubble that is Mildura. But the time that I have left with my borrowed* Olympus camera is growing short and the benefit of this limitation was a renewed focus on bringing the allure of our area to this little space for you. On a whim we jumped in the car with some snacks, warm clothes and the ultra light and portable Olympus OM-D E-M10 slung around my neck to venture a little out of the way to capture our Delight at the Pink Lakes.

Our trip to the Pink Lakes was a perfect reminder of the joy to be found in unassuming places, in less than ideal conditions. The lakes' beauty best shines on grey cloudy days, the kind of days that we normally choose hide away from nature and burrow deep down in our homes. Yet one day spent rugged up, walking and viewing the wonders of this amazing place through our toddler's delighted eyes is all that was needed to see that there are always amazing things in this world to discover.

Delight - Pink Lakes #myfamilylens Olympus

From the moment we arrived Eve was enthralled with the landscape, hunting and exploring even the smallest of details.  The simplicity of using the OM-D E-M10 meant that even while I was capturing her elation at each new discovery I was able to truly be in the moment and focused on our day together. Another wonderful benefit was with a quick swipe in the OI.Share app I was able to Geotag the images captured that day, what I would have given for that feature when I took over 3000 photos in Cambodia that I had to manually tag! 

Delight - Pink Lakes #myfamilylens Olympus
Delight - Pink Lakes #myfamilylens Olympus

In warmer weather the lakes teem with wildlife, and are a far more distinctive pink than we saw on this visit.  Still there was something to be said about the tranquility brought on by the cold weather, the slower pace meant that was no urgency to the day, discoveries could be made at Eve's pace, our little family alone in the landscape.  Taking the day at Eve's lead was a mixture of hurry up and slow down as she drank in the environment and delighted in its texture filled treasure trove of newness.  

From picking up the weathered sticks on the shoreline, to exploring the crunch of the salt laden soil underfoot and talking with her Daddy about why it looks a little like the beach but on digging deeper it isn't at all.

As we moved closer to the shoreline, there were empty exoskeletons to examine, their ghostly paleness shone against the multicoloured layers of soil, a fascination for our learning little one.

Pink Lakes Murray Sunset National Park

The quiet depth of winter represented perfectly by the salt encrusted bones of creatures now dead. Eve’s sense of wonder not hampered by a fear of death, she handled bones and created stories of what they had once belonged to and why they were there.  

Delight #myfamilylens Olympus
Pink Lakes Murray Sunset National Park
Pink Lakes Murray Sunset National Park

She then gently took them to the lake in an attempt to float them upon the  crystalline surface, the pale glint of salt and bleached bone highlighting the magenta pockets of algae mingling with the salt which tint the lakes their unique hue, even when diluted by the winter wetness still apparent and stunning.

Pink Lakes Murray Sunset National Park

Everywhere pockets of algae bloomed, a fiery ochre scattered through the lake and forming large swathes along the shores, unlike the pink of the summer when the water is low and it blends with the salt making for softer pink tones. 

It stained Tyler's fingers in a way that made me wonder if it was ever used to paint, in the time before the lakes were turned over with shovels and into wheelbarrows loaded onto laden down camels mining the salt.  A time itself now all but an echo across the waters.

Pink Lakes Murray-Sunset National Park

As Eve sat her beauty reflected back in the beauty of the lakes, soft serene and quiet, our often bouncy girl seemed to absorb the atmosphere of the glassy surface. Gently prodding the salt water with a stick to see the ripples and the changes to her reflection, learning through interaction with our environment and seeing that by simply existing within it we effect change however temporary.

Delight - Pink Lakes #myfamilylens Olympus
Delight - Pink Lakes #myfamilylens Olympus
Delight - Pink Lakes #myfamilylens Olympus

More delights were to be found on the return half of the walk, the serenity and subtle changes of the lake shore meant a long walk did not weary us or our indefatigable toddler.  The joy of squelching sticky mud, even when threatening a slip, or boots to be sucked away, was a pleasurable contrast to the earlier squeak and crunch of the salty shoreline. 

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As each sticky foot was moved the remaining print yielded pattern in many coloured layers of salt crisp white, mingling with algae pink, soil black and algae luminescent green, coating boots and shoes an exchange of soil and motion. Nature reminding us that she leaves her mark on us as we do her, when we open up and pay attention.

Delight - Pink Lakes #myfamilylens Olympus

It had been six years since my last visit to the lakes and so much had changed, in nature and my life.  While I drank in the beauty on my first visit so many things went unnoticed, things my eyes now saw through the joy reflected in Eve's.  Her tiny hand tugging at mine, pulling me in to her great adventure, here and through all of her days. 

Her delight in these quiet winter discoveries reflected in the delight we take in each wild hair on her head and each long lash that graces her rosy cheeks.

Delight #myfamilylens Olympus

Because there was so much to take in at the lakes and I'm enjoying film making with the camera I've also made another Little Film for you. Among the slightly bouncy camera work (I wiggle a lot while I walk so that bounce is all me, the camera itself is remarkably steady) you'll also see a glimpse of me using the WiFi remote feature and Eve taking a turn to snap a shot of the whole family using this amazing phone connectivity!  

I hope you've taken some delight in sharing our special trip to the Pink Lakes, where do I take you next?

 

* Delight - The Pink Lakes is the second of three posts for the #myfamilylens series, all images and film were shot using the OM-D E-M10 and its 14-47mm lens.

You will also see images on our FacebookInstagramTwitter and G+ feeds with the #myfamilylens tag showcasing how easy it is to take this feature packed camera everywhere, all day to capture the beauty tin the Little Things. 

Olympus Australia in conjunction with Kidspot were kind enough to loan me an Olympus OM-D E-M10 for two months to participate in a blogger #myfamilylens challenge.   As you may be aware I own and use an Olympus E-PL5 for my photography normally on this blog so I have jumped at the opportunity to experiment with an upgrade.  All views expressed in this blog post are my own and are in no way influenced by the loan product. I am an Olympus loving photographer with or without borrowed product in my hands.

I really really don't want to give the camera back and these posts put me in the running to win my own and an awesome array of lenses.  If you love what I'm doing with the #myfamilylens posts please share, comment or like to show your support, I'd really appreciate it.

The Bookish Bedside

the mind's eye Cartier Bresson

Read a book lately?  What did you think?

Little Moment - thirty / 52

People remember to adore summer mornings, those days where you ease out of bed and leap in to the light, their easygoing nature so simple to enjoy.

But in winter we grumble and groan and all too easily we can miss the joy to be found in a special golden light filled morning, one where the frost has lifted and the lawn is still damp.

The beauty of winter can be found rugged up on the front porch with a warm coffee at hand, add a toddler and some bubbles and then you'll see the true magic appear.  No concern for the crisp air, only the chase of air wrapped in rainbows, giggles and purity of happiness to be found.

Little moment

You don't need a toddler to remember the joy in the Little things, treat yourself to some bubbles make that boring dishwashing liquid into a crisp morning of childlike fun, I dare you.

Little Veggie Kitchen - Orange you glad I baked a tart?

I have to admit, the story of how I fell in love with the flavour of blood orange is a far cry from the made from scratch, health focused diet that I try to follow now. Let's just say that it was definitely blood orange "flavour" so probably just a chemical interpretation of the taste rather than the real deal, but then I'm pretty sure that the vodka was the real draw card at that point in time. 

It's been quite awhile since then and well and truly time to bring the gorgeous colours and flavours of the blood orange back in to my life, minus the chemical based yuckiness. The hard part is actually getting my hands on them, available for such a limited time each year and of course never in the supermarkets, I've struggled to get any into the Little Veggie Kitchen. But fortunately this year between the generosity of others gardens and a big haul from the Farmer's Market a lot of blood oranges have been demolished with glee around here before I got around to actually making something with them.

Even though it took a lot of oranges before I got around to making this, I'm really glad I did, orange you?

Orange you glad I baked a tart? - Blood Orange and Salted Chocolate Tart

A Lila Wolff Original (makes 1 x 26cm tart)

Blood orange and salted chocolate tart

Preheat oven to 200c 

In an oven proof bowl place 90 grams of nuttelex, 1 tablespoon orange infused olive oil, water, 1 tablespoon panela, 1 teaspoon of pink salt. 

Place in preheated oven and cook until nuttelex has melted and is bubbling around the edges.  Remove from oven taking care not to touch the hot bowl, quickly stir through the hazelnut meal and flour, stir until a ball of dough forms. 

Tip dough into tart tin and flatten out using wooden spoon or spatula, once cooled enough to touch use the heel of your hand to spread the dough out and up the sides of the tin.  Keep a small amount of dough aside to repair any cracks that appear during baking.

Prick the dough with a fork and bake for 10 - 15 minutes, or until the crust has browned.  Remove from oven, push spare dough into any cracks and allow to cool.

Prepare cashew cream filling.  In blender place soaked cashews, juice of 2 blood oranges, 2 tablespoons panela, a pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon of orange infused olive oil and vanilla essence. Blend until cashews are broken down and a smooth creamy consistency is achieved.  Pour into cooled tart shell.

In a small saucepan on low heat melt 60 grams of chocolate with 1 1/2 teaspoons pink salt.  Once melted drizzle over surface of cashew filling and drag through using a skewer.

Slice three blood oranges thinly and remove rind, drain excess juice by sitting slices on paper towel.  

Arrange slices over surface of tart and return to oven for 15 minutes.

Remove from oven, cool slightly and enjoy.

Best served:  Before anyone realises you have these beautiful fleetingly available oranges, or they may just eat them before you can!

Click here for printable recipe

Little Veggie Kitchen is a place to link and share your recipes or kitchen tips and access others to build your collection. While we absolutely encourage vegetarian and vegan recipes in celebration of the Meat Free Monday movement all recipes are welcome.

As we have an allergic toddler our household is completely dairy & bovine product free,  if you prefer dairy products in your recipes simply swap out the non-dairy substitutes for your preferred dairy product.  Need help with substitution?  Send me an email and I'll do my best to get you sorted!

All of our Little Veggie Kitchen linkers have their recipes pinned to our Pinterest Little Veggie Kitchen link up board and are promoted on Twitter and our Facebook page.

All Little Wolff created recipes will also be linked on this page for easy reference.