A few years ago a Mother's Day tradition involving fiddleheads began for me. Some Mamas would prefer jewelry, or a new skein of alpaca yarn. Others hanker for spa treatments and shopping sprees. Still others desire nothing but the love of their offspring.
I am none of those women and Champ knows it. I like nature; especially eating things straight from nature's woods. The tradition goes that on or around Mother's Day, Champ drives me to a known spot on the side of the road that sells fiddleheads. We load up. I am euphoric for days on end. Bear shares my Spring enthusiasm, so this year I taught him how to forage for fiddleheads since he is my only competition in the house when it comes to gobbling them up.
The fern buds are delicious I kid you not, but admittedly the specific seasonality of them and the way they are acquired is what I am most in love with. It all feels very Vermont to me. That's not to say fiddleheads aren't embraced elsewhere (for starters, ask any Mainer); it just underscores some of the things I find enigmatic, but wonderful about where I live. This environment serves my soul perfectly.... even when I'm not physically
exploring the woods for these succulent green bits. Here's the deal:
1- why would I when they are pre-cleaned and sold at a fair price?
2- in the woods these days I am fixated on finding ramps. Once I master them, maybe I will move on to fiddleheads.
*Parboil a handful of fiddleheads for 5 minutes or until fork tender (the water will probably turn a bit brown).
*Rinse fiddleheads under cool water and set aside to drain.
*Prep a handful of soba noodles according to package directions.
* heat up your oil for frying. I use a wok and canola oil.
* prep your 3 part dipping station: 1 bowl of flour 1 bowl with whisked egg 1 bowl/bag with dry batter mixture. I use a homemade Bisquick type mix and add in a bunch of garlic powder.
* dip your fiddleheads in the flour, then egg, then dry batter.
*fry in small batches for 3-4 minutes
|fiddleheads are needed for this recipe, cute Mother's Day teacup present from your son is optional.|
|They end up looking like vegetarian fried shrimp|
* grate some carrot and find your black sesame seed container
*happily discover chives flourishing in the garden and use some
* put the whole thing together and...
Happy Mother's Day! Happy Monday! Happy Extended Birthday week to: Melissa, G.A.D, Mason, Cole, Kyle, Addison, and G-dad! Who did I miss??!