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Rosemary Roasted Radishes & Turkey Brie Panini

Roasted Radishes

Little announcement…The giveaway winners are: ReL from The Dedicated Flash and Elissons from Sugar Symphony (all the way in Latvia!) who won a copy of Plate To Pixel. Congratulations also to Colorado76Gal from Baking Doux who won the set of 4 plates by Asya at Email me with your mailing addresses at mytartelette at gmail dot com. Thanks!
What a discombobulated week this has been! Life at its finest. It pushed and it pulled. And challenged. It gave and took away. The joys of many followed by the sorrow of others. Chances are that yourself can apply any one of these circumstances to your week I am sure. It happens everyday and we are left to keep going.

Moments like this, all out of sorts, caught between joy and pain, make me want to celebrate the simple things. Friendships, love, crushes, food, images,… Things I can count in my life as well as those I am working towards. People without a home or a loved one this week have little use for the romantic idea of the "unknown". I sympathize with that.


I have the greatest partner, a wonderful relationship with my in-laws, parents I adore, and the unconditional love of two crazy dogs . I have friends who keep me straight and make me laugh. I take timeouts just so that I can be there for whatever they need of me in return for all the wonderful days and warm fuzzies they give me.

Then there is work. Things tangible and things in project. Whatever we need to do to keep a roof over our heads. These are the only truths I know and the the ones I can have an impact on by keeping at it well and diligently.

Easter Egg Radishes

One thing I do, even more than usual, is to keep things as simple and clear as possible. Starting with the food. We had friends over for dinner just about everyday this week. Every one wanted to help me celebrate the release of the book and raise a glass of Champagne. Or two. It was kind of surreal. Still…

You guys sure knows how to make a girl blush. Everytime I’d see on Twitter or Facebook a picture of the book barely out of the box, my heart went pitter patter. I love that you are grasping the sheer amount of work that went into it and information I included. My friend Ez at Creature Comforts summed up the core of the book in this very touching post.

Easter Egg Radishes

I wanted to give you as many tools as possible to get the shot that makes you giddy, getting things right before you pressed the shutter button so you’d spend less time "fixing" in post processing and more time playing with your camera or with your loved ones. Or time in the kitchen fixing great foods to shoot…!

Sneaky segue to announce the winners of this week’s giveaway…ah!
Well..Tada! Congratulations to ReL from The Dedicated Flash and Elissons from Sugar Symphony (all the way in Latvia!) who won a copy of Plate To Pixel. Congratulations also to Colorado76Gal from Baking Doux who won the set of 4 plates by Asya at Email me with your mailing addresses at mytartelette at gmail dot com. Thanks!

Brie, Turkey And Spinach Panini

Out of all the great dishes we shared with friends this week, I made Roasted Radishes and Turkey and Brie panini more than once. I picked up these colorful Easter Egg radishes (yep, not making this up) at the farmers market and after roasting them with rosemary, olive oil and salt, I was glad I had picked up more than one bunch.

We usually eat radishes as I did growing, with some butter and sea salt. But, the simple act of roasting releases the natural sugar of the radishes, changing their spicy and peppery nature to pure savory like candy.

Watermelon Radishes

We had them as a side dish, snack and mixed with local goat cheese for vegetarian ravioli (using this dough). Can’t get enough. This week however I picked some watermelon radishes (pictured right above) for a change. These are so peppery, they will be wonderful thinly sliced in veggie sandwiches such as this one.

Talking about sandwiches…I was shooting a feature on paninis so it wasn’t too difficult throwing an extra one on the press at the end of the day. And when it involves thinly sliced roasted turkey, fresh arugula and melting Brie…it’s hard to say no. We did not. No regrets there. Even done in a pan grilled-cheese style. Oh yes!

I hope you’ll give both these ideas a try. Would love to hear what’s on your menu this weekend!

Roasted Radishes

Roasted Radishes:
1 bunch radishes
1 tablespoons olive oil
1 -2 sprigs rosemary
salt and pepper to taste

Heat the oven to 400F – 425F.
Wash and pat dry the radishes to remove fuzzy hairs and dirt.
Place the radishes in a 8×8-inch roasting pan (or other you prefer), drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast until they start getting golden on the edges. About 20-25 minutes. Enjoy warm or room temperature.

Turkey and Brie Panini (adapted and with permission of Carrie Vitt in Deliciously Organic, IFP, 2010)

Serves 4

8 slices whole grain bread (regular or gluten free)
softened unsalted butter for spreading
1/4 cup raspberry jam (I used homemade strawberry jam)
8 oz thinly sliced turkey
1 cup arugula
6 oz Brie, sliced thin

Butter one side of each piece of bread. Spread a thin layer of jam on the unbuttered side. Top with some turkey (about 2 oz), a few leaves of arugula and a couple slices of Brie. Top with another slice of bread, unbuttered side toward the filling.
Heat in a panini press, pan or skillet until both sides are golden brown and he cheese has melted inside.

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Sabores de Colores April 30, 2011 um 7:36 pm

Lovely recipe! and lovely photos!!!

jessicajlee April 30, 2011 um 8:17 pm

I LOVE roasted radishes almost as much as I love them dipped in butter and salt. πŸ˜€

Averie April 30, 2011 um 8:30 pm

I would have never thought to roast radishes. I get so many in my CSA box and it's like radish overload at some points…I am going to roast them next! thanks for the tip!

And my book from Heidi's publisher that I won in your give away arrived on Friday. It's amazing and gorgeous and thank you so much. I will be posting about it soon!

Ruth April 30, 2011 um 9:21 pm

Roasted radishes sound really interesting – must give them a try!

vanessa joie April 30, 2011 um 9:56 pm

you sure know how to make things beautiful – not only food. i love radishes so i can't wait to try roasting them. congratulations again helene! xo

KJ April 30, 2011 um 11:30 pm

One of my favorite pasta recipes is "the whole garden" which includes all sorts of winter friendly vegetables, including sliced radishes, simmered in a tomato sauce. When I saw radishes listed in the recipe I almost left them out- not what we Americans are used to. I am glad I did not. They do lose their heat and add a great texture and flavor to the sauce. I will have to try them roasted.

erica May 1, 2011 um 1:39 am

congratulations again on the book! i am really looking forward to the day that i can get a copy and learn from you–your photography and styling is truly lovely!

the paninis look great! last night i was absolutely craving Korean food, so i made a batch of Napa cabbage kimchi….and then it was lonely so i fixed up a bunch of other Korean side dishes. i'm not Korean but i find the food so tasty. and since there's no Korean restaurant for miles around, i just took things into my own hands πŸ™‚

tonight will be a california salad night–lots of fresh veggies that we picked up at the produce store, plus avocados from our garden!

Denise May 1, 2011 um 4:45 am


Congratulations on your book! I can't wait to get a copy for myself.

I've never thought of roasting radishes! So glad you shared this bit of information.

I've had a bit of celebrating myself this week. After 10 long hard days of building a new site at my very own domain (with WordPress), I've moved Creative Kitchen over to the new home!! It was a very hard, tedious, and many moments I wanted to pull my hair out, but finally came to fruition.

Thankfully now I can focus on finding the right camera πŸ™‚

Would LOVE if you'd stop by and peek at my new look!

Denise @ Creative Kitchen

Culinary School: Three Semesters of Life, Learning, and Loss of Blood May 1, 2011 um 5:42 am

what luck – I went to the market today and have radishes on the counter and rosemary in my garden. Ideas!

Simones Kitchen May 1, 2011 um 6:31 am

O my god ! The book is out!! I sort of missed that moment but I hope it's already available here so gonna check and buy it straight away before it's all sold!! Congratulations Helen !!!

yummy supper May 1, 2011 um 8:20 am

So funny! We just bought a gorgeous daikon radish today – my first in ages. We sliced it thin, and scarfed it all up. Love that peppery bite of radishes.
Your photos take my breath away… cannot wait to see your book.

the domestic mama May 1, 2011 um 11:13 am

I am hoping for your book for mama's day! And, if I don't I'm getting it for myself anyway! πŸ™‚

I love the simplicity of the potatoes, and oooo- those sandwiches, they looks incredible also.And, it's so refreshing to read someone that truly values the "real" things in life, it IS the people and animal relationships that matter.
Have a blessed day!

Florence A. May 1, 2011 um 12:06 pm

Tes photos de radis sont absolument magnifiques et peu communes. Un immense merci, encore une fois, pour tout ce que tu partages avec nous tous! Enjoy your Sunday πŸ™‚

Tine May 1, 2011 um 12:23 pm

Mmm, I love rosemary…
Just used it in a recipe with pork tenderloin! Tasty!

Rhonda May 1, 2011 um 12:32 pm

Very thoughtful post, the feelings of this last week. Roasted radishes, wow and now I need to scout out the varieties you mentioned. May 1, 2011 um 12:53 pm

Wonderful photos – I look forward to trying the panini and the roasted radishes.

Kelly-Jane May 1, 2011 um 1:25 pm

I love to see beautiful fruit and vegetables, natures colour palate πŸ™‚

I'll give your roasted radishes a go.

the [sugar] apothecary May 1, 2011 um 2:27 pm

Easter egg radishes?! Watermelon radishes?! What an adventurous little vegetable. That panini sounds perfect – I have a weakness for brie, so the idea of grilled brie sandwiches could make a girl giddy πŸ™‚

Kathy – Panini Happy May 1, 2011 um 2:42 pm

Isn't turkey and Brie such a terrific combo! You're convincing me to give roasted radishes a try, Helene. Radishes are one of just a few lingering food aversions from childhood, but I've only had them raw. I can just imagine how roasting them with rosemary brings on entirely new flavor. πŸ™‚

amanda May 1, 2011 um 2:51 pm

I picked up a few bunches of radishes yesterday at the Farmer's Market, mostly because they were so pretty, but didn't really have a plan. I'll try roasting them now. Thank you!

Emma May 1, 2011 um 5:35 pm

wow your pictures always look so tasty!
I've never ever thought about eating radishes cooked, but now I'm absolutely going to try them roasted…can't wait!

Dana May 1, 2011 um 6:36 pm

So pretty!

Amanda May 2, 2011 um 12:11 am

Lovely recipes and gorgeous photos, as always!

Sarah May 2, 2011 um 1:07 am

Such lovely sentiments…and now I am craving radishes!

Anonymous May 2, 2011 um 2:39 am

Beautiful post. It made me feel thankful for all the beautiful things and people that I have in my life.

Toasted radishes and panini look sensational.
Congrats on the book!!

Rivki Locker May 2, 2011 um 1:42 pm

I discovered both roasted and braised radishes this winter. What wonderful techniques for turning a humble vegetable into something elegant. Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing!

Unknown May 2, 2011 um 2:13 pm

I have just discovered radishes this year and just posted an article that included them. They are so beautiful but unless they were in bits on my salad, I didn't use them in cooking. Happy to now know, radishes are delicious. Loved watching your promo video and am so interested in your new book.

susan May 2, 2011 um 3:31 pm

I love, love, love radishes and those sandwiches may just have to be one of our weeknight meals this week. throw in some fresh tomato soup and i could have a very happy household!

Mindy May 2, 2011 um 3:53 pm

Congratulations on the book! This has been a reflective week for me as well and I appreciate the sentiment in your post.

Anne @ Baking Me May 2, 2011 um 6:11 pm

This looks so good, I love paninis but I have never made them with brie before. I will have to make this for dinner sometime this week. Thanks!

Gen May 2, 2011 um 7:03 pm

Congratulations again on the book! J'ai hΓ’te de le voir sortir en France! La recette est super, pour un picnic c'est parfait!

Cathy May 2, 2011 um 7:08 pm

I could stare at your images forever!!!…the texture in that radish bowl?!…sick.

meg May 2, 2011 um 9:58 pm

Not long ago, I was amazed to learn that radishes are superb when cooked. I've always gotten such a kick out of eating them raw, but cooking them is just another way to love them. They take on a turnip-y flavor–a little sweet and very delicate.

Adam May 3, 2011 um 12:21 pm

I love to see photos of fresh produce. These look wonderful. Wow!

Bren May 3, 2011 um 3:50 pm

Chris of Melecotte says nothing but sweet things about you so it was time to come by and say hello! πŸ™‚ You're def. blessed to have a loving relationship. So many young couples lose sight of the bigger picture. I love the 3rd shot and congrats to the winners!

Will be coming back regularly!

Alfred May 3, 2011 um 4:14 pm

If no one claims the prizes, I'd love to get one!
Congratulations again!

Steph May 3, 2011 um 8:16 pm

might make the turkey and brie panini for my french class's picnic this month! looks yummy!

Steph May 3, 2011 um 9:37 pm

Oh, wow – I hadn't thought of roasting these!

Laura May 3, 2011 um 11:09 pm

Helene, I had a feeling I wouldn't win the book so I ordered it on amazon. It just came today and I can't wait to read it cover to cover. I quickly scanned it and I am in love already! WOW!

You are such an amazing person, and your character comes through in this post as well.

To life, family, friends and food!

Katie|Epicurean Mom May 4, 2011 um 1:41 am

This sound sand looks amazing! I'll definitely have to try this! πŸ™‚

Steve May 4, 2011 um 10:44 am

I'm the only one in the house who will eat radishes. Been wanting to try them roasted for some time. You were the catalyst with this. Made them last night and guess what – the radish haters actually liked them.

gadisBungaβ„’ May 4, 2011 um 11:51 am

i fall in love with this blog already!

Katie@Cozydelicious May 4, 2011 um 2:07 pm

I have never roasted radishes. Like you, I usually eat them with butter and salt – or sometimes braise them in sweet butter. But these look wonderful!

Liz May 4, 2011 um 3:44 pm

Your blog is one of my all-time favorites for its recipes and gorgeous photos. I made the roasted radishes (and added some sweet potatoes) and my 4 1/2 year old love it. She helped me toss the oil and salt with the radishes with her little hands. I wish I had captured that moment. It was so precious. Thanks for sharing this recipe that my daughter likes!

Shannon Marie May 4, 2011 um 6:27 pm

Can't wait for the book to come out! And my husband is slightly obsessed with radishes so I will be using some from the garden to roast as you show. Yum!

Colorado76Gal May 4, 2011 um 8:20 pm

Congrats on the book! I am so excited to have won the plates. I am a baker (personal hobby so they will be a great addition!) I have sent you an e-mail. Thanks again!

cici May 8, 2011 um 2:41 am

Congratulations Helen!I just got my copy yesterday! What an amazing job you did! Thank you again for sharing your experiences and wonderful story. May God bless you.

Meat Grinder April 8, 2014 um 4:36 pm

Thanks for sharing! I recently moved out and I probably should eat more vegetables, this looks like a great meal to accomplish eating more while still liking what you're eating.

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