Mary Beekman is a four-year-old ghost who resides in The Beekman Mansion, and considers Brent and Josh her “imaginary friends.” Follow Mary Beekman’s Diary to learn what it’s like to be a young child in early 19th century America

 
It had rained during the night and the ground looks to be soft and muddy from my bedroom window.  I hope that Mother will allow us to go to the garden after breakfast to pick radishes.  They are planted very early in the spring because Mother says they like the cool weather.  I  looked at the row yesterday and there was a straight line of green leaves. We pluck out every other one to make room for the ones left behind to grow larger.

We like to have radishes and johnny cake with our morning tea.  It is the first fresh vegetable we have after the winter.  Sometimes the vegetables in the cellar do not last for all the winter months.  They become soft and have a strange smell.  We give them to the pigs. They will eat anything!!!  Josh and Brent like to make noises to call our pigs.  I don’t think they sound like a pig at all. Mother also will not have any thing from the cellar where there are rodents present prepared for our table.

There are so many radishes in the spring that we cannot eat them all fresh. Mother pickles them and we have them during the winter.   Mother says it is best to pickle softer fruits and vegetables. Nell’s mother pickles walnuts. I really only wish to think about summer right now.

To Pickle Radish Pods *

Cut them in nice bunches as soon as the are fully formed; they must be young and tender–pour boiling salt and water on them, cover with a thick cloth, and pewter plate, to keep in the steam; repeat this every day till they are a good green; then put them in cold vinegar, with mace and whole pepper; mix a little turmeric, with a small portion of oil, and stir it into the vinegar; it will make the pods a more lively green.  They are very pretty for garnishing meats.

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  • By: Dee Ann Guzman

    I love to serve radishes sauteed in butter with fresh spring onions! They are just fabulous. My family eats most of our radishes cooked. I always grow a lot of radishes!

  • By: sue tolbert

    Hi Mary, Yes, Spring has arrived finally. I have cut many flowers to set on the kitchen table. I have also planted seeds for my garden but will wait afew weeks before I put them in the ground. I’m not as brave as Josh and Brent. The weather here has been to cold to take a chance on planting them in the ground.When the boys are having the Garden Party I will be having my own Plant the Garden Party. My plan is to come visit again in the fall when all the gardening has come to a near end. Enjoy the radishes and the beautiful Spring. Love, sue t.

  • By: Jackie

    I also roast radishes as a side veggie dish the taste is so different great.

  • By: Leigh

    Mary's mother is great!

    So many good ideas!

    Happy Spring!

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