Recipes: Greens & Eggs

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Dill

Dill

I had a revelation this morning while eating breakfast – I love greens and eggs together! I’d thrown two fried (organic) eggs onto a flour tortilla, tore up some of my macrogreens (including a good bunch of dill), and rolled it all up. It wasn’t pretty (so I didn’t take a picture) but it tasted so lovely – creamy eggs with a little buttery crispness on the edges, herb-y dill, the spring-fresh flavors of the mesclun greens – and it reminded me that some of my favorite food combinations have to do with eggs and greens.

There are so many ways to have them – omelettes and quiches are typical but my favorite combinations usually involve fried eggs and a robust green with some kind of bread-like base. My absolute favorite version is a thick slice of toasted rustic multi-grain bread, rubbed with a clove of raw garlic and drizzled with olive oil; on top of that, dandelions, raw (if young and fresh) or sauteed (if getting on a bit) and spritzed with a tiny bit of lemon juice; on top of that, 2 eggs, preferably from my mother’s chickens, fried in butter and liberally sprinkled with freshly ground black pepper and slightly coarse salt (or even smoked salt, for a whole other layer of goodness!); and finished off with a sprinkling of green onions or chives…I’m drooling even as I write!

I’ve made other versions – scrambled eggs and spinach wrapped in a tortilla, scrambled eggs on mesclun on a buttered rye crisp, spinach or arugula substituted for dandelions in the above dish – it’s all depended on what I have on hand and what I feel like eating.  Not being a big carb-eater, I’ve sometimes shocked my sister, a woman who feels that bread really is the staff of life, by not having any in the house for weeks on end so I’ve sometimes had to use potatoes or mushrooms as a stand-in. I think because the greens and eggs combo is such a flexible one, and almost a ‘doh’ kind of recipe that I don’t notice how often I eat it…and love it.

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47 Days…

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

…Until the last frost and I’ve decided I like my greens a little less micro and a little more macro.

You might recall that several weeks ago, based on the ravings of many gardeners (and eaters), I planted some microgreens. Well, I have to tell you that I’m not sure what all the fuss is about. Did I plant the wrong kinds of things? Should I have fertilized them? The Sugar Snap peas were lovely – succulent, sweet little hits of spring – but everything else just tasted kind of grassy. It’s not until now that the cilantro and dill have really come into their full flavor, and, while the basil developed it’s flavor early on, I couldn’t bear to cut it down never to have it return, so I’m growing it large enough that I can pick a leaf here or there. The mesclun mix too, I’m treating as a cut-and-come-again – it seemed too much of a waste, otherwise.

Mesclun mix

Mesclun mix

Cilantro

Cilantro

Dill

Dill

Basil

Basil

So that’s my brief foray into microgreens. For me, growing them is worth it if I have lots of extra seed that needs to be used and if the plant is a more succulent type (like basil or peas or sunflowers) and if I really, really need a hit of spring. Otherwise, I prefer to treat my greens as an indoor cutting garden – snipping bits for garnishes, and not having to replant every two weeks.

53 Days…

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

…Until the last frost date. And I’m still (relatively) sane thanks to an Internet connection and a world of bloggers out there.

Last post, I wrote about how CBC Radio keeps me from being isolated and insulated from the world around me. I think that during this long winter, when the snow builds up white walls around me, I miss the feeling of connectedness with my neighbors and community that I develop over the warmer months when we all spill outside to (finally) bask in sunlight and heat and share experiences over the garden fence (although I have to hand it to Edmontonians – it has to be -20C before they stop riding their bicycles). But since the snow is too high for me to even get near the fence, and my neighbors are likewise barricaded indoors, I find my communion online among a group of bloggers.

I discovered a new one the other day while checking in with Only Here for the Food, an enthusiastic Edmonton food writer who blogs about local food happenings. She mentioned a guy called Kevin Kossowan and his family’s food system which had me intrigued enough to click the link. I’m so glad I did!

Although he makes me feel even more unproductive and consumptive than I did before, I’m also inspired by what he is doing to feed himself and his family locally, frugally, and deliciously. Really, this is no purely subsistence eating he’s doing – in addition to growing some unusual things on his urban plot (and storing some of it in his root cellar), he also makes fruit wines, ages cheese (that he’s traded for from a local cheesemaker), puts up any number of preserves, forages, and hunts, butchers, and smokes his own meat. And he has a day job! And 2 little girls! And he blogs frequently and amusingly about his experiences! If you have any ambition to produce even a tiny bit of your own food, how can you not be inspired by that?

Other bloggers also inspire me, of course, but because it would take way too much space if I rhapsodized about them all here, check them out on my blogroll instead – there are some talented, inspiring, amusing people out there, all unknowingly helping me get through my longest winter yet.