Round the garden in 80 days #20

When picked up my veg from the local organic farm earlier today, there was a box of horseradish from which we were invited to help ourselves. So, now I am on the hunt for recipes.

My trusted book of preserves only gives directions for drying the root but what would I do with it dried? Will it be as good to make horseradish sauce at a later day?

I had at an undefined point in the past considered planting horseradish in the back garden. However, the note with the box today said not to plant as it was a spreader. And I’ve already got plenty of those.

Notwithstanding the warning, I cannot imagine that horseradish can be any worse than Jerusalem artichokes and I managed to eradicate those without fuss. In other words, I am tempted to experiment and I will within a couple of months have a spot for it.

On a completely different note, I took a friend on a walk round Towton Battlefield this afternoon. The weather was reasonably warm and sunny – and whilst we still had light till teatime, I took a shot that won’t be possible at that time for about four months.

View onto a field which was once a battle bloodbath. Possibly there were no trees here in 1461 but the general topography would have been the same as that seen today.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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7 Responses to Round the garden in 80 days #20

  1. Good luck with the horseradish – a favourite relish

  2. Going Batty in Wales says:

    top up with cider vinegar and seal with a lid. River Cottage Handbook No 2 Preserves suggests pickling it. Grate enough freshly dug root to fill a jam jar, sprinkle over 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon sugar, I used horseradish (craem in a jar from the supermarket as I don’t have any in the garden) in beetroot chutney in place of spices and it worked well.

    • Helen says:

      Thank you. I actually have lots of cider vinegar which I don’t know what to do with. This seems the simplest solution and could mean I don’t have to buy any spices for a whole.

      The trusted preserves book of mine does have a recipe for beetroot and horseradish relish, so I could wait till there is some beetroot in my vegetable share.

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