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Winter Days and Horseradish Cream Sauce

It is dark and cold, quiet and cozy as Bear and I hunker down in our little house keeping warm and recovering from a pernicious flu bug we picked up on our travels. The weather has been perfect for recovery, cocooning us in clouds and rain and solitude, giving us time for long naps and big bowls of soup.

I still go out to my gardens once a day, rugged up against biting winter winds and drenching drizzle. There’s always an abundance of greens – rainbow chard, mustard, mizuna, radicchio, and others – and this week I dug up enormous sweet potatoes, long, pale sticks of horseradish, and picked fat pods of sugar snap peas off a verdant tangle of vines.

harvesting horseradish

I have a soft spot for horseradish. It makes me think of Danish smørrebrød – open-faced sandwiches made of thin, dense rye bread spread with a creamy, peppery horseradish sauce and piled high with curled slices of rare roast beef. Swoon.

In the past I’ve used pre-made horseradish sauce, but when my friend Oma gave me sprouted cuttings of horseradish root to plant, I was determined to make my own from start to finish.

It was finally ready this week and I dug it up with great anticipation, brushing off clinging bits of our lovely black soil. I trimmed off the sprouted bits and put them in water to root and plant again, then washed and peeled the horseradish root.

NOTE: Fresh horseradish is potent stuff that will quickly set your eyes and nose running if you aren’t careful, so be sure to cut it in a well-ventilated area.

I cut it into thin slices then popped it in the food processor with a few spoonfuls of Meyer lemon and blitzed it until it was finely chopped.

grated horseradish

I chopped scallions and picked fresh dill from my garden – is there anything so lusciously fragrant?! – and added them to the mix.

Normally horseradish cream sauce is made with sour cream or yogurt, but I didn’t have either on hand so I used cottage cheese instead. It worked a treat and was lusciously creamy. Since it doesn’t have quite the tang that the others have, I added more lemon juice and it turned out beautifully.

Bear isn’t a diehard fan of horseradish like I am, but he obliged me by taste-testing and to his surprise he liked it. His eyes lit up and he declared that it would be an excellent accompaniment to beef or gamier meat like goat or lamb.

Tonight we’re having it for dinner with roast beef, dilled carrots, and boiled potatoes topped with one of my favorite Danish sauces – white with lashings of chopped fresh parsley.

Now it’s time for another nap as the roast cooks. I’ve got new books from the library calling my name.

Have you read anything good lately? xo

Horseradish Cream Sauce


½ cup finely chopped horseradish

2-3 Tbsp lemon juice

2 cups sour cream, plain yogurt, or cottage cheese

2 scallions, sliced

¼ cup fresh dill, chopped fine

salt and pepper to taste


Combine everything in food processor and blitz until smooth and creamy.

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Nancy | Plus Ate Six - I can’t believe how much your garden produces. So you answered my question already on instagram about the horse radish and whether it makes your eyes water – it sounds delicious. And I have to say your spoon and ceramic dish are really beautiful.

Rosemary - You grow all sorts of wonderful vegetables, roots and herbs in your garden. It is always a treat to read what you are making. Fresh horseradish, yum! Dinners sounds amazing. Recently finished Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Great book, check it out if you haven’t read it already. Cheers.

Deborah Regen - Mmmmm….fresh dill.

Anna @ shenANNAgans - Oh no, what a bummer you caught a nasty bug, I do hope you are feeling much better now. And great you have a beautiful warm and cozzie home to get better. I love me some horseradish, so bet I would be all over this creamy horseradish sauce. YUM!

Prateek - Always love reading stories from your garden, I love horseradish and the kick associated with it!

Nathan - Sounds delicious and your photos are great! I’ve never made this at home but I’ll have to give it a try.

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - I’m a huge fan of horseradish and the more pungent it is, the better 😀

budget jan - I love horseradish cream and I just finished the book, Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman, which is a superb read.

Evelyne CulturEatz - I am s amazed by everything your are still harvesting. I had a lot of fresh horseradish in Austria,, miss it. Looks delicious.

Cathy - That sounds so good Krista. No wonder you are pleased that you were able to cultivate your own horseradish. Your post has made me hungry! I’m currently reading ‘Thrive’ by Arianna Huffington and am loving it.

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