Saturday, May 23, 2009

Spring Has Sprung....

When I was a kid my dad used to say this little ditty when Spring finally showed up....
"Spring has sprung
The Grass is riz
I wonder where the birdies is.
There one is up in the sky...
Gee I'm glad that cows can't fly."
...and we'd all groan. My dad passed away ten years ago, but he's always around and this time of year, that ditty pops in my head and makes me smile.

Some other things that mean Spring is finally here and also make me smile...
sunshine, birds singing and my favorite vegetables...asparagus and fiddleheads ...are fiddleheads actually a vegetable, I wonder. I know the fiddleheads are really local and the asparagus label did say product of Canada, I'm just not sure where in Canada exactly.

Tonight's dinner is very simple...Frederick's Garlic Steak with Sauteed Asparagus & Fiddleheads. Just follow the recipe with the following tips regarding the asparagus: once you've removed the fiddleheads from the boiling water, add the asparagus and blanch for 1-2 minutes. This time I cut the asparagus into thirds, on a slant for presentation, but also quicker cooking. Remove from the boiling water and add to the ice bath the fiddleheads are in. When it's time to saute ( that would be once you've turned the steaks over), saute both vegetables together as directed. It only takes a few minutes, so have everything ready while the steaks grill on the first side.

And, of course you have to bear with my whining just a little...sigh...no BBQ, so I have to use my Griddler. Still...."spring has sprung, the grass is riz...."

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

You already named my two favourite spring foods .... asparagus and fiddleheads .... sauteed fiddleheads and bacon ... yum!!

Dee Blaine

Glenna said...

Mmmmmm....lovely! And the poem is great too!

Bellini Valli said...

I picked up some asparagus at the farmers market on Saturday...nothing says Spring more. Lical strawberries will mean summer is here:D

Fearless Kitchen said...

I've just started to find fiddleheads in my local market, and I've been at a real loss as to what to do with them. Thanks for posting!

Johanna said...

I know a different version of the poem ending I wonder where de birdie is, some say the bird is on the wing but isn't that absurd because as everybody knows the wing is on the bird!

Unlike the poem, Fiddleheads have never been part of my spring but I wish they were - how cute do they look!