Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Moving into Spring

The weekend before last, I finally left the apartment where I lived in bed bug fear and moved into my boyfriend's apartment. We both love cooking, so now that we're cohabitating, we are enabling each other to cook a lot (perhaps too much?). In the past week alone, we made quite a few excellent meals sourced mostly from the greenmarkets - because early spring vegetables are here!

Lamb burgers with the whites of ramps diced and mixed into the patties and the greens of ramps sauteed on top with melted cheddar cheese. Fiddleheads were blanched and then sauteed to ensure they were thoroughly cooked (they are poisonous raw). This was my first time trying fiddleheads, which like ramps, are foraged this time of year. I wished we had cooked them long enough to brown and crisp to add more flavor, because I found the fiddleheads too earthy and bland. There were also roasted potatoes.

Friends came over for dinner on Cinco de Mayo, so we made pulled pork tacos. The pork shoulder (from Flying Pigs Farm) was rubbed in garlic, cumin, paprika, onion powder, salt and crushed red pepper. We put it in the slow cooker fat side up with a bottle of black Irish lager and the juice of half a lime and let it sit on high for 3 hours and then low for 4 hours until it was tender enough to pull apart with a fork. For toppings, I prepared a slaw of thinly sliced cabbage and scallions; chopped cilantro; shredded cheddar cheese; pickled radishes and wedges of lime. In the past I've always made pulled pork with barbecue sauce, so this was a refreshing change of pace. Perhaps letting the rub sit overnight would have imbued it with more flavor.

Salad of smoked trout from Max Creek Hatchery, pickled radishes, arugula, lightly oiled and toasted homemade croutons with a dressing of apple cider vinegar and olive oil.


  1. I've always been so curious about fiddleheads but I've never had them!

    Congrats on the move - I hope you can live in relative BB-fear freedom there! (As much as anyone can in a city these days, right?!)

  2. I've never had fiddleheads, but have always wondered about them. Now, ramps, that's another story. We are ramp capital down here in the mountains. We chop our ramps up and fry them in a big pan of eggs or potatoes. Or both. Sometimes with cornbread mixed in.

    I am so glad that you are finally out of the bed bug apartment. I hope you and the bf enjoy every second of it.

  3. Rachel, you're not missing much in the fiddlehead department.

    Miz.November, eggs are the perfect partner for ramps.

    there have been bed bug problems in my new building, but it's such a large building that it doesn't seem to affect us. fingers crossed.