The chicks aren’t chicks anymore. They’re teenagers now. This morning when I let them out of the coop into the pasture, I noticed their chirpy little voices were interspersed with awkward, croaking clucks. Also, a few of the roosters have been attempting to crow, which is hilarious. I’m reminded of the catching and cracking of the voice of a teenaged boy, as it transitions to a deeper, more manly sounding thing.
As you can see in the shot above, feeding time is very serious business. Whenever I make a trip out to the pasture, I’m practically mobbed, as they all come running up to see if I’m bringing more food.
The roosters have begun to develop their tail feathers, and combs and wattles are coming along nicely. I ended up with 12 hens and 13 roosters. When butchering time comes around, the largest guy with the most spectacular plumage, comb, and wattle (aka superior genetics) will get to stay on as the patriarch of my little flock.
On to the subject of radishes. This past weekend I brought in my first major haul of the gardening season, and spent time in the kitchen putting some of it away for winter use.
I made 3 small batches of strawberry vanilla jam, a batch of my Gingered Rhubarb Conserve, an arugula feta quiche for lunch, a pan of strawberry rhubarb crisp (my youngest son’s special request), and a big jar of pickled radishes.
These are quick and easy refrigerator pickles, and my solution to a bunch of radishes that need to be pulled all at the same time. I just can’t eat them all at once, and they don’t hold all that long. I go with the more French garlic and tarragon flavor, but you could go with dill instead, or any other favorite herb for that matter.
Stuff a jar with cleaned and trimmed radishes, several whole garlic cloves, sprigs of tarragon, and a teaspoon or so of peppercorns. I like my radishes whole, but they can be sliced. Fill the jar to cover all of the radishes with a solution of half vinegar, half water, and salt. I use about 1 tablespoon of salt per 2 cups of solution, but it’s a good idea to adjust to your personal taste. Let the jar sit in the refrigerator for a few days before eating. The pickling solution will pull all of the red out of the radishes. This is what mine looked like in less than an hour.