My aPAWlogies for my inadvertent hiatus from my AWESOME blog! I have been up to many things. The latest thing?? I moved! I moved to the big city! Not that one–the other one! Anyway, I’ve been getting my BEARings here, biking through wicked busy streets, setting up my new bedroom/office/laundry circus, drinking coffee, and COOKING.
Today I biked to Whole Foods (aren’t WE something special) for vegetables–I walk in the door, and what do I see? A pile of fiddlehead ferns, just for me! Aesthetically pleasing–downright adorable! And oh! A sign on them revealed that they were fresh in from HADLEY. Already I am terribly nostalgic for the Pioneer Valley, so I decided to give the alien things a chance.
Here are some pretty cooking-type images:
They look so FRESH! So GREEN!
I went for a straightforward recipe: Saute the devils in butter and garlic.
Here they are paired with chicken-leek-etc stew, it being a rainy Saturday and leeks being surprisingly cheap!
Finally! Time to eat the ferns!
Ferns aren’t terrible, I suppose, but they are not super great! They reminded me of raw asparagus (even though they were cooked) which is a food I am not big on. But if you like that, you will like these. I guess they did have a wet, woodsy flavor, too. It was kind of a chore to eat them, so I saved those in the pan for stir-frying with other vegetables this week. A zingy sauce and some extra cooking time will make them more palatable!
Conclusion: Ferns are not inedible.