Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sesame Beer Grilled Fiddleheads


I brought fiddlehead ferns home from the farmers market to play.



Hello, I live in Portland, so I've tried them before, but had yet to cook with them.  We know they're a hip piece of produce, and I finally picked some up last week at the downtown farmers market and was told to make sure I cook them well! 

So, they were marinated briefly in organic Deschutes Green Lake Ale ale and tamari, tossed onto my grill pan, tossed some more, tossed with coarse sea salt, black pepper and sesame seeds, and then tossed onto my plate, forked into my mouth, etc.  I'm always a fan of the burnt tamari (I mean, cooked) taste, and I dig how these came out.  Beer grilled asparagus just may be in my future.
For now, some balsamic grilled asparagus 

Smoky Collard greens and Lightlife tempeh bacon 
(Lightlife tempeh review, coming soon!)

This means I'm only a week behind!  

Last week's haul from the Wednesday downtown farmers market: cucumber, fiddleheads, asparagus and strawberries.  Earlier today I  picked up lettuce, strawberries, my love: garlic scapes, orange cherry tomatoes and a couple beefstake tomatoes. Holy friction, tomato and berry season is approaching!

P.S. Check out the new Stumptown Vegans Podcast here!  
It's with Chad Miller and Josh Hooten, two founders of the Let Live Conference, later this month in Portland.

15 comments:

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

Strawberries already? I'm always envious of your farmer's market posts...and scapes! My favorite! Especially with a bit of that "toasted" tamari taste.

You got all fancy pants with the fiddleheads. Way to go, Jess!

maybelle's mom said...

Love the idea of a beer marinade. My husband will be thanking you soon.

Eric said...

Those fiddleheads look SO appetizing. I'm really tempted to run down to the market and pick some up to eat with the asparagus i bought the other day!

Great idea, the marinade. I'm gonna have to try that out :)

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

I really need to hunt me down some fiddleheads and get over my fear.

veggievixen said...

fiddleheads? what an awesome name. and they are all spiraly. what do they taste like? yummy asparagus!

Jenn said...

I had never heard of them before, but my friend was just talking about fiddleheads (but he was calling them fiddlesticks.)

I will definitaly have to check them out from the farmer's market.

Your food looks yummy!

Bianca said...

I've never tried fiddlehead ferns, but they're so cute! They don't grow around here but Whole Foods sometimes ships them in...last time I saw some there, they were all gross and old-looking...like rotting, so I didn't buy any.

madeinalaska said...

wow, i will have try and remember that one next year our yard is plum full of ferns but, they are well beyond fiddle heads.

cookingschoolconfidential.com said...

A fellow culinary school student made a fiddlehead greens pizza that was divine and has left me with wicked cravings.

Sigh.

Cheers!

Wheeler's Crew said...

Wow, these all look delicious. I wonder if they have fiddleheads at the farmer's markets around here? I'll definitely have to look.

jrsimon56 said...

I need to find some fiddleheads! So fun! :)

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Ooh, I'm scared of fiddleheads!

Vanessa said...

Hi Jessa, I read your recipe, that’s great…but I have no idea on lettuce but I will try your recipe for my family, hope that they will happy for your recipe. Thanks dear

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