Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Radish-Dill Tea Sandwiches

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I’m writing this post hoping that the words will flow naturally across the computer screen. I don’t know if it’s my long absences from the blog that have me experiencing the worst writer’s block of my life, or if it’s my subconscious saying that my Inspiration API has reached it’s max (an allusion to my constant overuse of my twitter API, for those of you who didn’t know what I was speaking of).

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Whether or not my writing inspiration has reached its limit, my other inspirations in life have not. My photography inspirations constantly make me want to try new things with my new camera, and heck, I can now say that I actually know how to use Adobe Lightroom to edit my photos!

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As for recipe inspiration, let’s just say that I’m up to my head in inspiration in that category- I just wish there were enough hours in the day, enough counter space, enough mixing bowls, and enough ingredients to make everything happen, but life isn’t perfect. There’s only twenty-four hours in a day, two countertops in our considerably tiny kitchen, one small sink to wash all of the dirty mixing bowls and dishes in, and one person doing all of the work- me.

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Wouldn’t it be great to have a recipe so simple that you only dirty… Oh… five things or less? Well, I’ve got just the recipe for you! You can forget getting your hands all prune-y looking after washing a sink full of dishes. Forget the hot water beating on your hands, while you’re sweating up a storm in your already warm kitchen (thanks to the eighty-something degree weather we’ve been experiencing here in the tri-state area)!

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This recipe is so simple, that it’s kind of a joke for me to include on the blog, but it’s still a recipe. A refreshing recipe at that- radish-dill tea sandwiches. The freshness of the dill in this recipe works very well with the mild peppery, crisp flavor of the beautiful ruby red radishes.

After taking a bite out of one of these small tea sandwiches, you’ll be making these small open face tea sandwiches time and time again, trust me on that!

Radish-Dill Tea Sandwiches
Very Loosely Adapted from Bon Appétit Test-Kitchen
Makes 16 Servings

Ingredients:
¼ cup (½ stick or 4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
3 tablespoons dill
16 ¼-inch-thick baguette slices (or black bread slices)
10 radishes, thinly sliced
Good quality sea salt (such as fleur de sel), to taste

Preparation:
Mix room temperature butter and dill in a small mixing bowl. Season with salt, to taste.
Spread butter mixture onto slices of bread.
Top with thinly sliced radishes, overlapping them slightly.
Sprinkle with sea salt, if desired.

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56 COMMENTS

  • baahar
    May 22nd, 2010
    1

    The photos are definitely gorgeous !!

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    May 22nd, 2010
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  • Maria
    May 22nd, 2010
    3

    Your photos are amazing. Sometimes simple recipes are the best!

  • Erica Lea
    May 22nd, 2010
    4

    You have such a way with words. I must be so spoiled with three sisters to help with prep and cleanup. Hats off to you!

    Your sandwiches sound delicious and refreshing. And your photos are lovely.

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  • kamran
    May 22nd, 2010
    6

    Baahar, Maria, Erica – thank you for the kind comments! I really appreciate it! :)

  • Kalynskitchen
    May 22nd, 2010
    7

    Nice photos! I like the addition of dill.

  • Tangled Noodle
    May 22nd, 2010
    8

    I love the cooking and the eating, but always have to gird myself for the cleaning! Still, its often well-worth the labor. My sister loves radish sandwiches and I’ve been eyeing the bunches at our farmers’ market – now I have good reason to pick them up! And your photos are simply lovely!

  • A&N
    May 22nd, 2010
    9

    I think the pictures are very old-world. With the idea of more light in food stylin/photography, this comes as a fresh gust of air.

    Good work.

  • Kirstin
    May 22nd, 2010
    10

    I love the gauzy/airy look of these photos, you must have done a good job editing!

  • deeba
    May 22nd, 2010
    11

    Simple is the best, and your photographs are charming K!! Loved the read!

  • Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }
    May 22nd, 2010
    12

    Beautiful photos! I adore tea sandwiches and yours look amazing. So simple, yet so delicious!

  • ksiddiqi92 (Kamran Siddiqi)
    May 22nd, 2010
    13

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  • Lauren
    May 22nd, 2010
    14

    Sometimes, we really need simple. This is a good time for that :). The summer is almost here, so you can switch to whichever mode you like and write whenever you are inspired to do so. Exams can burn us out, but summer is meant for regeneration :).

  • Gail
    May 22nd, 2010
    15

    The bouquet of radishes in your hand is the most gorgeous, inspiring photo. I’m drooling over a dish I’ve always taken for granted.

  • s. stockwell
    May 22nd, 2010
    16

    Less is always more with you Kamran. I do so love your artful photos and interesting color pallet.

  • Mac
    May 22nd, 2010
    17

    Well, you’ve just proven that less really is more! Super idea. Photos like that make we want to RUN off to the farmers market! Thanks for sharing.

  • Helene
    May 22nd, 2010
    18

    Glad to read another post from you. Would love to share those tea sandwiches with you someday. Great pictures :)

  • Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction
    May 22nd, 2010
    19

    Lovely pictures! Now I’m hungry, too. Can’t wait to get some radishes from our CSA.

    PS – I totally got the Twitter API reference… Lately I’ve been seeing the warnings that I hit my update limit. Oops :)

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    May 22nd, 2010
    20

    Absolutely stunning photos Kamran! :o You’ve got a fantastic eye for photos! :D

  • penny aka jeroxie
    May 22nd, 2010
    21

    I love simple recipes and tastes. they are usually the best.

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  • Kathleen
    May 23rd, 2010
    23

    I love tea sandwiches and they look magnificent. Looks like you and the new camera have meshed! I have been thinking about tea sandwiches, cucumber, egg, sprouts, etc. Must get busy and make some, great for summer.

  • Cristina (TeenieCakes)
    May 23rd, 2010
    24

    These are perfect springtime, little tasty sandwiches.

    Beautiful photography. Lightroom is awesome…I hardly ever have to use photoshop anymore except to add a frame or more customized watermark. =)

  • Ruby
    May 24th, 2010
    25

    No recipe is ever too simple – I’m glad you posted this and obviously others are too because you made Top 9 – congrats!

    It reminds me of when I went to live in France and was served radishes with butter and salt as a starter – what a revelation. I never thought to parlay that into a sandwich – great idea!

  • Linn @ Swedish home cooking
    May 24th, 2010
    26

    Mm, my grandma always used to grow radishes in her little garden in the backyard. Your post wakes up good memories!

  • Sara
    May 24th, 2010
    27

    Congrats on the Top 9!!! :)Love the tea sandwiches!!

  • Prerna
    May 24th, 2010
    28

    Radishes have always scared me I still don’t know why but I think now they won’t.
    Love the pictures as well :-)

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  • Magdalena
    May 24th, 2010
    30

    Hello!
    I love simple sandwiches, or rather “tartines” with fresh and crispy radishes. I love dill to, and few days I go I made sandwiches using similar ingredients, which I am going to show in coming days. This type of food is especially welcomed at my home in summertime, as a quick snack. Your post is a very tasty joke, actually :)

  • a tasteful garden
    May 24th, 2010
    31

    i just harvested our first radish of the season yesterday. wonderful timing. i am looking forward to trying this recipe.

    beautiful photography by the way!

  • Lauren @ Healthy Delicious
    May 24th, 2010
    32

    radish and butter on a baguette is one of my favorite springtime treats! so simple, so good.

  • Lawyer Loves Lunch
    May 24th, 2010
    33

    Wow, these are beautiful and oh so elegant :)

  • Emily
    May 24th, 2010
    34

    Simple and pretty – this goes to the recipe as well as your photos. :)

  • Magic of Spice
    May 24th, 2010
    35

    Very beautiful!

  • Tokyo Terrace
    May 24th, 2010
    36

    Lovely post Kamnran! I’ve been having similar problems with writer’s block recently. Not fun. Has to happen occasionally though. Great photos! I want one of these lovely sandwiches right now…

  • The Cilantropist
    May 25th, 2010
    37

    Wow, this is sort of a coincidence: I have plans to make an array of tea sandwiches this weekend for a bridal shower, and here you post this recipe! I was originally planning to make my vegetarian sandwiches with cucumber, but I think I will also include some of your variety. :) Just LOVE your blog, I really cannot wait to see more of your posts.

  • denise @ quickies on the dinner table
    May 25th, 2010
    38

    I love your blog – it’s so spare and beautiful and the photography seriously rocks. I feel like going back to my blog now and stripping away all the clutter *sheeeesh*

    I am definitely looking forward to more from you!

    Btw – I hate washing up and pruny fingers too…

  • Patty Price
    May 25th, 2010
    39

    Never too simple, I love radishes and they really are very good all on their own but why not make an open face sandwich with a few nice additions? It makes for good reading even out of the tri-state area!

  • Shannalee
    May 25th, 2010
    40

    The first thing I thought when I clicked through from my Reader is THIS KID NEEDS A BOOK. Seriously, Kamran, your photos are insanely gorgeous. I am so impressed.

  • Cannellette
    May 25th, 2010
    41

    These look so elegant! I absolutely love tea sandwiches and these would make a lovely addition to the High Tea I plan to be making soon. Thanks for the inspiration and lovely pictures!

  • Janice
    May 25th, 2010
    42

    Here’s hoping you are officially unblocked as a writer.

  • Eleanor Hoh(wokstar)
    May 25th, 2010
    43

    I so agree that simple is best, you can taste the flavors rather than have too many fighting each other. so less is more.

  • Genaro Spivey
    May 27th, 2010
    44

    http://www.sophisticatedgourmet.com‘s done it again! Superb article.

  • Jamie
    May 28th, 2010
    45

    I love the simplicity of your food styling and photography. Nothing messy, just beautiful pictures. And sometimes one just needs something really really simple like these sandwiches.

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  • Martin Boswell
    May 31st, 2010
    47

    You’ve done it once more! Incredible read.

  • D. @ Outside Oslo
    June 2nd, 2010
    48

    The sandwiches look lovely. Yes, that still counts as a recipe!

    I’ve enjoyed hosting tea parties for my grandma with my mom, and now I have a new recipe to add to the inspiration. Thanks!

  • yasmeen
    June 3rd, 2010
    49

    Love such simple foods especially this time of the year :D

  • rebecca subbiah
    June 9th, 2010
    50

    oh wow great sandwiches and amazing photos

  • Mark Vice
    June 12th, 2010
    51

    Great post!

  • naomi
    June 18th, 2010
    52

    Photography-amazing, Food-delish! Writing-snappy! Loving it.

  • Cat
    April 20th, 2011
    53

    gorgeous images!

  • christelle is flabbergasting
    June 5th, 2011
    54

    Well, all I have to say (except that I love tea sandwiches) is: I don’t think your inspiration API has reached it’s maximum, man! It’s always great reading you and looking at your beautiful pics!

  • Stella Horton
    June 21st, 2011
    55

    Wonderful article! Cooking for me is a passion and I’m happy to have read about the article. Cooking is an art as well as a talent. It takes an ample dose of dedication to come up with a tasteful dish. It’s interesting how well they prepare the food that looks oh so delectable!

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