White Bean and Radish Salad; Mending fences; Weekly Menu Plan

It’s summer.

The sun came out; it quit raining; the ground is warming.

We had our first salad from the garden.

The windows and doors are open – so the dogs can go in and out at will.

And do… in, out, in, out, all day long.

Sedi, the old girl, loves it.  Naps in the hot sun, barks at the neighbors….

It’s much easier for her to stand up on grass… Tile floors are slippery.

Both dogs napped in the iris today and watched me….

I was mending fences.

We have strong rabbits here and they are able to widen the holes on the chain-link fence.

Plus, we have small rabbits that don’t need to.

I spent the afternoon carefully attaching chicken wire to the bottom of the chain-link.

I’ll spend several more afternoons before I’m done.

Sometimes, (often) we just can’t avoid doing things the proper way…..

None of the commercial rabbit repellents worked.

I watched a small rabbit run right at the fence the other morning – and right through it.  I looked and looked and could see no evidence that there was any sort of ‘bunny passage’.

On the other hand, I watched a large rabbit run at the fence the same way – and bounce off.

He did it several times before he found a big enough hole.

Now I’m doing it the right way.  I’m not patching holes.  I’m running it all around the inside of the fence.

What a boring job it is…. I really hope it works.

On the other hand….

We had our first salad from the garden….

White Bean and Radish Salad

White Bean (Cannellini) and Radish Salad

15oz (450gr) white beans (cannellini)
1/2 cup sliced radishes
1 tbs freshly snipped chives
1 tbs freshly snipped oregano
1 clove garlic, minced
2 hard boiled eggs
Lettuce leaves, a few for serving

Boil eggs.
Drain and rinse beans and put in a medium bowl. Slice radishes, mince garlic, snip herbs and add all to beans.
Add vinaigrette and toss gently.
When eggs are cooked, peel and chop coarsely. Add to bean salad and mix lightly. Arrange 3 – 4 nice lettuce leaves on salad plates, put bean salad on top and serve.


1 tbs tarragon white wine vinegar
1 tbs lemon juice
1 tbs snipped fresh chives
1 clove garlic
2 tsp Dijon-style mustard
3 tbs olive oil – the good stuff

Mince garlic, snip chives and put in medium bowl with vinegar, lemon juice and mustard. Whisk well. Add oil very slowly whisking all of the time. It should incorporate as you add it. If it does not, stop adding oil for a few moments and just whisk. Continue until all oil is added. Add salt and pepper if desired.

In addition to this, for the week of May 21 we have Seared Scallops with Pesto, Chive and Ham Frittatas, Brined, Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Ham, Fennel and Radish Salad, Mediterranean Chicken on Spinach, Barbecued Gratin Potatoes
and more….  

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6 thoughts on “White Bean and Radish Salad; Mending fences; Weekly Menu Plan”

  1. ;0) warmer, radish salad … too many fence holes ;(
    The fence just needs to keep them out till you can harvest, right …

  2. Oh, dear, I suppose next year you’ll need finer wire _and_ you’ll need to dig it in down below ground level to keep the tunnelers out! Auwe! Glad you could salvage a nice salad, anyway!

  3. Tanna, but if it doesn’t keep them out they’ll move in a nest for the winter – and chew the trees…. Never ends.
    Kalyn, it’s a great, simple, salad…. Tried your roasted radishes the other night – yum!
    Zoomie, I know I need to dig down…. and I haven’t. Likely I’l regret it soon.
    Christine – very frustrating. I keep waiting for them to get bigger!

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