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macgenie
macgenie

Radicchio snack break watching @mentour_pilot discuss maximum aircraft speeds. I told Grace and Ada they don’t have to worry about air disasters because guinea pigs are not allowed on commercial flights.

vasta
vasta

@macgenie I thought of you and those adorable guinea pigs as I was preparing a radicchio salad for dinner tonight. 🙂

macgenie
macgenie

@vasta Don't invite Grace over, or you will have to eat very fast.

(What's your radicchio salad recipe? We eat it pretty plain here. 😄)

vasta
vasta

@macgenie No real recipe, to be honest. I usually just throw some chopped radicchio with some Persian cucumbers and some lemon-garlic chickpeas all into a bowl, and then top it with a tahini-miso dressing. Simple, nutritious, delicious. :)

bradenslen
bradenslen

@vasta that sounds good. I may have to get some radicchio and experiment.

vasta
vasta

@bradenslen I love radicchio because it’s hardy; holds up to most toppings and dressings, and doesn’t wilt if you don’t eat it immediately. (Plus, any excuse to eat chickpeas is good for me.)

macgenie
macgenie

@vasta That sounds great! Radicchio is usually thrown in too add a little color to salads in my experience. If never seen it as a primary lettuce, except for Grace and Ada.

vasta
vasta

@macgenie It's not to everyone's taste, but it's such a hardy lettuce, so it stands up well to toppings and dressings. With a little miso-tahini dressing, I absolutely adore it! Though I don't think Ada and Grace would like the dressing so much. :)

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jeremycherfas
jeremycherfas

@macgeneie @vasta A pedant speaks: Could we please stop calling radicchio a lettuce? It is a chicory, if it is anything.

johnjohnston
johnjohnston

@macgenie I like radicchio grilled, or griddled, sometimes with spaghetti. Seems to have gone from the shops around Glasgow recently so I fall back on chicory (The straight kind).

vasta
vasta

@jeremycherfas Haha. Sounds good. I use it in place of lettuce in various places, so it just holds that space in my head. Will do my best to shift that thinking. :)

jeremycherfas
jeremycherfas

@vasta The stuff here is too bitter to replace lettuce in a salad entirely, but a few leaves add a lot of interest. Grilled it is marvellous.

vasta
vasta

@jeremycherfas Yeah, we get pretty good stuff here that's not overly bitter, but really, that sauce counteracts the bitterness so nicely that I think it might even be worth trying on a salad on its own. I just use 1 Tbsp. pure tahini, 1 Tbsp. white miso, 1 tsp. rice vinegar, and a dash of water, and then blend it all up. It's a life-changing sauce.

jeremycherfas
jeremycherfas

@vasta Hmnn I can get red miso - at a price - but never seen white. I will have to look for it. Is there s big difference in flavour?

vasta
vasta

@jeremycherfas My experience with red miso has it having a more umami flavor than the white, which has a nice sweetness to it that works well with the tahini. If you do end up trying it with the red, please do let me know what you think — white's a lot easier for me to find here.

johnjohnston
johnjohnston

@vasta great dressing, tried it today, lemon juice rather than vinegar, with roasted cauliflower (florets not whole) , tasty, thanks.

vasta
vasta

@johnjohnston Oh, I have a cauliflower head sitting in my fridge right now and I hadn’t thought of using that dressing for it! Going to roast it post haste—thanks for the tip!

johnjohnston
johnjohnston

@vasta 👍 thanks for the dressing. I’ll be having that more than once.