Leek and Radish Salad; a wee rant on rights

I’m still seeing leeks in the markets, although they’re starting to get a bit past their prime.

I’m pulling a big bunch of radishes from my potager every few days.

Why not a salad?

Serve it with a good country bread, or, if you’re feeling even slightly ambitious, make Palmiers using purchased puff pastry. The photo has Bayonne Ham Palmiers.

Here is the recipe for Ham Palmiers (as well as a brief bit on types of ham).

If you prefer you can find Parmesan Palmiers here, along with the story of our last house cruelly evicting me.

Leek and Radish Salad

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 2 medium leeks, trimmed, cut in half lengthwise, include 2 – 3 inches of light green
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup sliced radishes
  • 1/3 cup dry-cured Greek olives, chopped
  • Vinaigrette:
  • 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 tbs white Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbs good olive oil

leek and radish salad


  • Heat chicken stock in large skillet to simmering.
  • Lay leeks in a row, cut side down, in the simmering broth. Cover and simmer for 7 minutes.
  • Remove, drain and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Cut into thick slices.
  • Vinaigrette:
  • Whisk together mustard and vinegar.
  • Slowly drizzle in olive oil, whisking constantly.  Vinaigrette will be thick and creamy.
  • To finish:
  • Put leeks, radishes and olives in a bowl. Add vinaigrette and mix gently.
  • Divide, spoon onto plates and serve.

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About rights…..

No, I’m not talking about the current brouhaha about people’s ‘right’ to use their bathroom of choice.

I mean, really, no one should be watching anyway. And if they are…. who cares?! It’s a natural function of life… Get over it.

The rights I’m referring to are ‘artistic’ (?) rights. I would like to see them updated to reflect current technology.

No matter how hard companies and governments try to control access to ‘stuff’ if it’s on the internet it’s accessible, either legally or illegally.

I tried to download a song a few months ago. I couldn’t because I live in France.

I tried Amazon.com, Amazon,fr, Amazon.uk, iTunes – both US and France, and so on…

No luck.

It either wasn’t available in my country or I couldn’t download it to my country.

Fine… I spent hours trying to do the right thing and pay for it.

It took me 2 seconds to find a site to download for free.

I really would rather have paid for it.

Living in France, if we want to watch TV in English we have lots of choices…. Most of them illegal. (Illegal meaning there aren’t licensing and payment agreements.)

Skye is one of the larger (or the largest) providers of satellite TV in Britain. It’s illegal to have it outside of Britain. In order to subscribe one has to have a British address and British bank account.

There are dozens of companies all over Europe that are happy to provide that service.

Skye has more subscribers than the population of Britain (an exaggeration). Of course they know that a very large portion of their subscriptions are illegal. And if they find out someone is illegal they cut them off promptly.

But, basically, it’s the old ‘don’t ask / don’t tell’.

We use Netflix.

Netflix is available (according to Wiki) in over 190 countries worldwide.

But not all Netflix is created equally.

I can watch shows on my French Netflix that you can’t watch on your US Netflix, and vice versa.

But US Netflix has many, many, many, many more shows to watch than the other Netflix around the world.

Everyone wants to watch US Netflix…. which is illegal unless you happen to live in the US..

So people use programs like HideMyAss or Hola to mask their location. Then Netflix finds out and cuts them off until they go back to their local Netflix.

I’d be happy to pay a little more if Netflix would do whatever is needed to make all content available everywhere…. Or at least have it as an option.

And wouldn’t all the owners of all of the rights benefit as well?

Seems like a win-win to me.

There must be a low-level government official somewhere preventing it all.

The only people who are profiting are the developers of all the VPN’s.

At the moment my laptop is ‘in’ the US and the Roku stick is ‘in’ France

Oh never mind…..

Last update on May 27, 2016

3 thoughts on “Leek and Radish Salad; a wee rant on rights”

  1. That danse macabre between governments and content providers in Europe is interesting. It’s about tax payments more than it is the government’s interest in protecting citizens’ privacy.

    None of that is as interesting as this salad, though. I like warm or room temperature salads, and a friend has radishes coming in right now here. In fact, I have a bunch in the fridge. Nice recipe, looks tasty and healthy.

  2. VPNs are now an “illegal” necessity here in Morocco as the telecommunications companies have banned all video calls, ALL, on Viber, Skype, Whats App etc etc. Very isolating for expats and very shortsighted for future and current businesses.

  3. Dan, it really is interesting, challenging and frustrating…. And the VPN’s work one day and not the next. I really like radishes with a light vinaigrette. And with butter, like the French lol

    kate, I’ve had to resort to a paid VPN and the free ones no longer worked at all reliably, It must be so frustrating for you. I imagine you don’t get any good deals on phone calls (regular phone calls) either.

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