During May 25-28, NYSDOH conducted a telephone survey of persons who had eaten at the restaurant on days fiddlehead ferns
were served (May 6,7, and 18).
Almost everyone has heard of "fiddlehead ferns
," a gourmet wild vegetable found across much of North America in the springtime.
She talks of eating fiddlehead ferns
from the far east of Russia, where her father was born, to foraging out of necessity, because, in the Soviet days "you had so little in the shops".
Ugu's specialty is Ensaladang Pako, fiddlehead ferns
with mixed greens and fruits drizzled with calamansi juice, fish sauce and sugar, and Kulawo, which is banana heart with smoky coconut dressing topped with edible Ternate flower.
Its most recommended dish is the mouth-watering slow-cooked Mangalica Pork, cubed and served with Jade Tiger Abalone, fermented cabbage, crunchy fiddlehead ferns
, spongy hasu-imo, seaweed and pork broth.
The wild geranium she found in her woods has completely colonized the compost layer covering her woodshed, along with fiddlehead ferns
and local se' dum.
The number of foraged plants that can be pickled may surprise you: daylily buds, fiddlehead ferns
, garlic bulbs, crab apples and more.
Whether noticing her father's love for Leonard Cohen's music and her mother's for Bob Dylan's, or her father's view of fiddlehead ferns
as a culinary delicacy and her own view of them as evidence of poverty, Shell's observations are astute reminders that nothing gets past a child.
The woodland is alive with wild ingredients, including fiddlehead ferns
, wild garlic, berries, lampascioni (an edible wild hyacinth bulb) and cardoons.
Next up were plump local mussels, which were again presented with refreshing simplicity, this time on a bed of skillfully balanced roasted pumpkin puree and pork broth, topped with fiddlehead ferns
and crunchy chicharon.
Roses represent the boy's face, while protea suggest the faces of the goats, whose curly horns are fiddlehead ferns
. The large sheep in the foreground of the painting are the focal point, bringing calm to the scene despite the threat of inclement weather.
She carried a bouquet of circus roses and fiddlehead ferns
with stems tied in eggshell ribbon and adorned with a vintage brooch and golden locket enclosing a picture of her late grandfather.