I love to grocery shop, I always have. I hate shopping for clothes, accessories, makeup and all the other things women typically adore. But roaming the aisles for food, I could do it for hours. As you may have noted from my previous posts, I am in heaven since the opening of the Dill Pickle Food Co-op. Everything my culinary heart desired under one roof just minutes from my house.
The co-op provides me a source for new and varied products, spices, fruits and vegetables. This was the first year I've cooked with ramps and today I purchased something I don't think I've even seen in person, fiddlehead ferns.
A quick glance through my cookbooks proved that I do not have a single recipe for the strange looking spring vegetable. I did find an entry for them in The Flavor Bible, as follows:
Sounds about right for a very strange looking spring vegetable that is not routinely seen in your run-of-the-mill grocery store.
The Flavor Bible actually provides quite a list of recommended flavor pairings. The bolded or highly recommended flavor pairings include sweet butter, cheese: comte, goat, parmesan, onions, pasta, vinaigrettes and vinegar: balsamic and sherry. The BOLDED CAPITALIZED (very highly recommended) pairing is wild mushrooms.
Luckily I also grabbed a handful of shiitake mushrooms and a leek. I'm going to see what a bit of internet research combined with a bit of ingenuity help me come up with in the next couple of days...
***Editor's Note: A day or two later I did find a recipe for fiddlehead ferns in From Asparagus to Zucchini put out by the Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition (MACSAC).