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Sauteed Fiddleheads
May 20, 2012, 5:04 am
Filed under: Side Dishes, Vegetables


Fiddleheads are the curled, edible shoots of the ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris). They are considered a seasonal delicacy in many parts of Canada. Fiddleheads are collected in the wild, sold as a seasonal vegetable or served in restaurants. They are a source of Omega 3 and Omega 6. As well, fiddleheads are high in iron and fibre.

Information on the internet suggests fiddleheads can be a cause of foodborne illnesses and should be boiled for 15 minutes or steamed for 10 to 12 minutes before eating, sautéing, frying, baking or making other foods (e.g. soups, casseroles) using fiddleheads.


2 cups fresh Fiddleheads

1/4 cup butter

1 tsp minced garlic (or fresh)

salt and pepper to taste


1. Boil Fiddleheads in a pot of water for 15 minutes (or steam for 10 to 12 minutes). Drain.

2. Heat butter in a pan. Add minced garlic to melted butter and stir. Add Fiddleheads. Saute Fiddleheads until the ferns are tinged lightly brown and tender, about 5 minutes.

3. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and serve.


Interesting, tasty vegetable.

Our Home Rating? 3/5 bites



Roasted Garlic Cauliflower
March 25, 2012, 4:06 am
Filed under: Vegetables | Tags: , ,


I don’t make cauliflower very often, so when I do it’s usually plain. We were having company one evening, so I wanted something a bit fancier. I found this Roasted Garlic recipe online. It turned out to be a simple way to dress up the cauliflower.


2 tablespoons minced garlic

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 large head of cauliflower, separated into florets

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

salt and black pepper to taste


1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Grease a large casserole dish.

2. Place the olive oil and garlic in a large resealable bag. Add cauliflower and shake to mix. Pour into the prepared casserole dish and season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Bake for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through. Top with Parmesan cheese and broil for 3 to 5 minutes, until golden brown.


A note on the baking temperature: Several comments on the recipe website mentioned turning down the heat to 400 degrees F. I was making this dish alongside a meat dish that cooked at only 350 degrees F, so I put it in four about 30 minutes longer than indicated above. It turned out fine.

Our Home Rating? 4.5/5 bites

Source: Blog – (posted by SHELLERY)