Monday, April 30, 2012

Fiddle dee dee

"Fiddle dee dee," said Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind... three funny words. She was talking about war, but to me those words conjure up something else entirely. Fiddle head ferns unfurling in the spring are a wondrous sight. No doubt you've seen the fiddleheads at the markets and wondered what to do with them and how they taste, hmm? Well, to me they taste similar to asparagus, so I just swap out any recipe or idea that uses asparagus. Here, the fiddleheads have been blanched in water, sauteed with butter and lemon juice, placed on farfalle with a creamy cheese sauce, then garnished with grated parm-reg cheese, forsythia blossoms and chive oil. Now there's three more funny words one rarely hears together—farfalle, fiddleheads, and forsythia.

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