May 10th, 2008

what I did with my fiddleheads

As requested, I'm posting about the outcome of my fiddlehead fern meal!

I'd had a lot of ideas bumping around in my head, my mom had suggested baked rings of squash with sauteed fiddleheads inside the rings and butter beans cooked with fennel around the ring (pretty too!) and I'd considered something with thinly sliced red potatoes with olive oil, rosemary, and some time in my oven.

What I ended up doing is as follows-

I blanched the fiddleheads twice, which I think was important to them not being intestine disrupting, and didn't make them mushy. Then I sauteed them in olive oil with a -bunch- of garlic and some oyster mushrooms. in another skillet I put more olive oil, a bunch of chopped up fresh tomatoes and a bunch of basil and salt and pepper. I cooked that until it was saucy and then added the fiddleheads and mushrooms, and the angel hair pasta I'd cooked. I served this with a salad of tomatoes, basil, avocado, and toasted walnuts, and some really yummy garlic bread.
my date loved it, and when I ate leftovers at work, people ooo-ed and ahh-ed. (and those who got to try the fiddleheads stopped thinking that I was an impoverished weirdo for hunting around the forest floor for food)
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Cheezly Cheese

I'm thinking of trying some new vegan cheeses. I read all the faux-dairy product reviews in the memories, but few people mentioned Cheezly. Personally, I am a big fan of Vegan Gourmet, and I've read enough positive feedback about Sheese and Teese to convince me to give them a shot. But what of Cheezly? I believe one comment mentioned Veg News had voted it best vegan cheese one year, but I'd rather hear folks' personal experiences. Only five people reviewed it on veganessentials.com!

So, what is your favorite flavor of Cheezly? Any flavor I should avoid? What are your favorite uses for itt? Any cooking methods I should avoid with this particular "cheese" (e.g. cheese sauce)? How does it compare with better known vegan cheeses, e.g. Vegan Gourmet, Veganrella, Rice, etc? Is it worth the cost to at least say I've tried it?

porridges

Hi,

- I'm looking for recipes/brands/whatever for all types of whole grain porridge, sweet or savory. I'd really like to try whole grain varieties of cream of wheat and rice porridge (congee/juk), but haven't found much.

- I want to try steel cut oats, b/c I heard they are better nutritionally than instant/quick oats, so whats the best way to cook them?

- As for my favorite porridge, I really like making my own multigrain hot cereal (like quaker simple harvest) by mixing oatmeal and wheat germ/bran (buying in bulk makes this really cheap), then adding a banana, cinnamon and brown sugar, maple syrup, raisins, or whatever else I have on hand.

Thanks in advance:]