Radish Butter and Wordsworth
Berkshire native Alana Chernila, local politician, mother of two, and author of the new cookbook, The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making (Clarkson Potter), dispenses change and cooking ideas at the Great Barrington Farmers’ Market. She shares her peak-of-the-season recipes with Rural Intelligence to help us make the most of what’s growing in the region’s farms, fields, and gardens. This week, Alana garnishes her recipe with a sprig of poetry.
I think Wordsworth is such a good poet for the Spring! I crave him like I crave fresh greens. He talks about nature in a way that just makes me want to get away from my computer and sit in the woods.
“Wisdom and Spirit of the universe!
Thou Soul, that art the Eternity of thought!
And giv’st to forms and images a breath
And everlasting motion! not in vain,
By day or star-light, thus from my first dawn
Of childhood didst thou intertwine for me
The passions that build up our human soul;
Not with the mean and vulgar works of Man;
But with high objects, with enduring things,
With life and nature, purifying thus
The elements of feeling and of thought,
And sanctifying by such a discipline
Both pain and fear,–until we recognise
A grandeur in the beatings of the heart.”
-William Wordsworth, from Influence of Natural Objects: In Calling Forth and Strengthening the Imagination In Boyhood and Early Youth
Combine 1 softened stick of butter with 6 finely chopped radishes, 3 snipped chives, a hefty squeeze of lemon, and the best salt in your cupboard.
Mix, and enjoy.
— Reprinted with permission from Eatingfromthegroundup.com . All text and photos copyright 2008-13 by Alana Chernila.
Editor’s note: For best results, try this recipe with your own homemade butter. Alana shows you how to make your own butter in just five minutes in this story.