Friday, May 28, 2010

Sage is blooming like mad. Time to make Fried Sage Blossoms!

Fried Sage

Sage leaves and flowers have a very intense flavor; normally, you would use them sparingly in a dish or recipe. But frying sage truly transforms this herb; the flavor is lighter, quite different, and most delicious!

½ cup butter or olive oil
30 sage leaves OR sage blossoms (on the stem)
Sea salt

Freshly cracked black pepper (optional)

Heat butter or oil in a thick skillet, over medium heat.

Lightly dust sage leaves or blossoms with flour.

Place sage in hot butter or oil, and cook until they are lightly crispy. This should take only a minute or two.

Remove fried sage leaves, and let cool on a paper towel. Repeat until all sage leaves are cooked.

Lightly sprinkle the sage leaves with sea salt; you may season with black pepper if you like.

Serve as-is for a delicious, unusual appetizer. You can also crumble the dried sage leaves over main dishes, such as pork, pasta, bean soups, or hearty casseroles.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I totally lied. I am NOT done with rhubarb posts!!!

Anita sent this wonderful link - this is EVERYTHING you ever wanted to know about rhubarb. EVERYTHING.

This rhubarb upside down cake makes my mouth water. MMMMMM.

Rhubarb and ricotta galette - I love how rustic this looks! 

or how about a rhubarb meringue tart?!?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Ooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnne more rhubarb recipe post. Becuase I simply can't resist. (And because, shamelessly, I use this blog and my personal one as a sort of personal online recipe book - an easy way for me to refer back to recipes I may want to use again, or try when I have more time, etc.).

Rhubarb Ginger Syrup with Tequila. *swoon*  (I have not tried this yet, but really want to make a rhubarb lime simple syrup, as I think a rhubarb margarita would be really, really good.)

Crosswinds Farm Rhubarb Jam.

And, last but not least, alternative uses for rhurbarb: hair dye, for papermaking, or insecticide! I also believe rhubarb leaves work as a mordant for natural dyes. I will have to consult my dyeing books to be sure. Anyone tried this?

Monday, May 24, 2010

All of a sudden, we looked around, and so many things were blooming!!!!!