Flavor of the Week: Fiddleheads

Happy Friday everyone! With May now more than half over, I only have 5 1/2 more weeks until summer vacation!!!

WOO HOO! Oh the perks of being an educator. ūüôā

Alright, onto this week’s flavor of the week!

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On Mother’s Day, Nolan’s step dad made fiddleheads.

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Now, I am by no stretch of the imagination a picky eater and I have tried/cooked many diverse foods, however I had never even HEARD of fiddleheads until last Sunday. How is that possible?!

After dinner, I came home and googled them to see what the hell I just ate and here is what I learned.

Fiddlehead Greens are fern like plants.

They grow on the banks of rivers and are harvested in the early spring and consumed as a vegetable. They apparently grow throughout the New England area which shocked me since I have never seen them before.

They are most popular in French and Asian diets.

They are a great source of  fiber and iron as well as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

For more information about these curly cues, read this article.

They basically taste like a cross between asparagus and green beans. They had a little crunch to them, but their texture reminded me of asparagus. They are apparently best eaten steamed and are actually can be dangerous to consume raw or under cooked. I personally have never seen them in stores but I am told they can be expensive because they are wild harvested, AND they are only available 2-3 weeks a year!

Mackinaw peach anyone?

Sorry, Seinfeld tangent.

After doing some  research, I discovered that they are a pretty versatile ingredient.

and then we remembered something…..

We visited the Fiddlehead brewery on our trip to Vermont this winter! Small world.

Question of the Day:

What has been your favorite flavor of the week?

What do you have planned this weekend?

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Friday Flavor of the Week : Lemonade Ale

Happy Friday everyone! This week actually flew by for me, which is NOT something I can often say. As much as I love my vacation time, was great to be back into a routine with responsibilities and expectations.

I’m starting something new here on SLF. Each week I am going to highlight my favorite eat of the week, or favorite flavor of the week!

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This week’s flavor is from Wednesday. I didn’t blog about it but I participated in a small focus group/survey through a company called Performance Plus.

They put together a demographic of individuals who test out new and upcoming products for companies and give their thoughts, opinions, and input. Oh, and you get paid! I have signed up for many of these in the past and never gotten picked but this time I was selected! For this particular one, I got to sample 2 different beers from Amstel.

So basically I got paid $25 to drink beer and fill out a¬†question-air¬†which took 20 minutes. ūüôā
This brew was a lemon flavored ale that basically tasted like a mix of lemonade and light beer. It was almost carbonated as well. The second I tasted it, I instantly wanted to be sipping it by the pool, soaking up the sun. It’s¬†incredible¬†how flavors can transform the mind completely!

Enjoy the weekend everyone!