About me



 People ask me about the name of my blog and the Radish part.  I used radishes because they are visual attractive, round and red. And when old, they are old a little caustic and biting.   Sometimes that is me

 I live in Northeastern Florida, and I moved here from Puget Sound of Washington.   My subject matter is always in flux.  I go through different crazes and my blog goes with me.  I enjoy food, photography, I love my family, and I am creative always.  I write about life.   Lately I have included some politics and religion.   


September 30, 2015





Here are some nutrient pluses for  slow fermented bread.

  • pre-digesting starches, making the bread more easily digestible
  • lowering insulin response/improving glucose tolerance
  • protecting Vitamin B1 from the damage of the heat of baking
  • breaking down gluten, which may result in a bread that gluten-sensitive people can eat
  • activating phytase to hydrolyze (dissolve) the phytates, thus freeing up minerals such as:
    • zinc
    • iron
    • magnesium
    • copper
    • phosphorus

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    There are a zillion bread books out there.  Not quite, but a lot.  I am studying many of them.  But as I have said previously, it has to be easy.  Some of the bread books make things sound so hard.  When really some grandma in Italy was putting out the stuff every day and she had to do the laundry , cook the food, wash the floors, do the dishes by hand and sometimes take care of babies.  How hard could it have been? How much could she tolerate.You have to think that there were smart women and not so smart women. It had to be something that a lot of people could do.  

    You can not make bread the way large artisan bakeries do.  Artisan bakeries can not do what a home baker can do.  Homes have refrigerators. Dough can be retarded in the refrigerator eliminating the need for kneading to a point.

    My bread kick has become more encompassing than the last time I wrote.  I threw away my copy of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day when I moved, only to buy it back this week.   Interestingly reading some of the easier books have allowed me to understand the complicated books more easily. From the harder books I want to add nuts and seeds, and try some sprouted bread.  


    October 2, 2015

    Above is a bread made from ARTISAN BREAD IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY.  It is not all that successful, but it was not bad.  It definitely was edible, but lacked character.  This could have simply been than it needed more salt, or needed a longer first rise.  

    I am going to slice my bread on the first day and freeze it because it does dry and then it becomes hard on my jaw.  This all seems like a lot of work for a slice of bread.  But if you count in the flavor and nutrition factors,  the effort is worth it.  And for me, this is all highly digestible.


    September 27, 2015

    Yesterday we went to see the movie THE INTERN.  Mr. Radish and I enjoyed it so much.  Robert DeNiro and Ann Hathaway with Rene Russo, who is still a babe, are the main players.  Mr. Radish said, "Do you know anything about this movie?"  I said, "No, and I do not care, I need a chick flick."  I am not going to tell you much either except to say this is a multi generational movie which most ages can appreciate and possibly pick up a few tips. Mr. Radish learned something about his cell phone.    He later said, "Who is this Anne Hathaway, she is good?" What can I say?

    Later in the evening we watched the Pope give a homily on the family.  How refreshing.  Someone actually talking about the extended family and its value.  He discussed the value of grandparents as well as children. He used terms like men and women.    

    Defend the family he said because that is where our future will play out.  A family is a place of hope.  



    September 24, 2015

    Week in a Life is a one week event that Ali Edwards puts on once a year.  In this week you madly take photos of your real life, and not so real life ,and identify them and document them.  I am mildly embarrassed by this as I almost don't want people to know that I do this sort of thing.  I am a snob about scrapbooking. Having said that, I do mine digitally and once you figure out what you are doing, it is so fun for me.  

    There are many photos on the guest bed as  I get duplicates for for those who were involved or would be interested. I never know if anyone really wants this stuff, because after all, we are getting down to essentialism. We do not want too much stuff.  I was already to put my book together, sorting in to piles and then for my days.  I realized that I did not have as many photos as I thought.  When checking I saw that I had not done two days worth.  Ordinarily on a project I would be upset having to get myself into the grove, rethinking it all.  But this time I started back in on it and after a while I thought I am so happy that I have these undone days to put together because it is so FUN.


    September 23, 2015


    Septemer 21, 2015

    My Mother died about this time 35 years ago.  I had not been around my mother all that much since I left for college.   So I have not had a clue as to what a mother of adult daughters should be.  A topic in point is when should you just get the hell out of the way, or when to move in and comfort and help work solutions. Although the safe approach is to keep your mouth shut,  and I have done that with two daughters concerning their hair. But we are not talking hair here.  We are talking happiness.  We are talking survival in late forties, early fifties. How do we, in this case me, approach our daughters when we still are able to somewhat think and be dubiously clear.  

    It never occurred to me that being a mother would be as uncharted at this age as it it. Just like when I married, it never occurred to me that I might be married 50 years.  Children can try to protect you by not discussing problems with you, but frankly I really resent that.  Silence can bring up a huge wall that also prevents the good stuff going through the wall.  

    What am I going to do? I am going to mostly keep my mouth shut.  I am going to pray on what to and what not say much more.  I am going to try to think in terms of comfort.  But if there is an elephant in the room, I guess I am still going to go for it, and take the consequences.