Izzy Eats: The art of raising a gourmand, one bite at a time

Stirring tales of eating, cooking and foraging in my never-ending quest to provide, great-tasting (local and organic whenever possible) EATS for me and my boy(s).

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Farmer Rich Doesn't Only Deliver Greens

Look what I found sitting on my garlic cress. At first I recoiled in horror but then was reminded of something Alice Waters once said when a patron discovered critters on greens at Chez Panisse. It was something along the lines of it being the best way to tell that the produce was fresh and organic. It is indeed a good sign to find living creatures on one's greens. So I gave the slug his leaf and set it free out in the yard. It was also nice for Izzy since that was his first slug encounter.

Meanwhile, I had to cook something with those greens. I decided to make Egg Noodles with Zucchini, Chopped Garlic Cress, Green Garlic and Goat Cheese. I only used a bit of the Garlic Cress since it seemed quite pungent. I thought that the goat cheese would mellow out the dish but I think it would have benefited from some caramelized onions. Izzy ate it, nonetheless and even asked for seconds. Though I did catch him picking out bit of the greens. He said that they were bitter.

2 comments:

ann said...

My mom always washed greens in which she thought critters might be hiding in water with a little salt added. Critters like slugs and worms do not like salt!

Izzy's Mama said...

That reminds me of an evil childhood pastime of mine..sprinkling salt on slugs and watching them squirm..Fortunately I have changed for the better and now I would prefer to see the slugs live.