I’m back…

Sorry about that!

About two months ago, I made the decision to run in a local election to serve on the Saint John city council. I’ve done it before. For five weeks, completely immersed in the campaign, I ignored housework, laundry, the city garden, the farm… Basically, my life was put on hold while I tried to win. I lost.

So that’s that. Time to launch the summer menu at Italian by Night, get things packed up for the farm, button up Carmarthen St and best of all start focusing on Fynnigan!

He arrived on May 3. All six pounds of him! Ralph and I are head over heels…

It’s Spring here in New Brunswick which means lighter dishes full of bright green. I think I’ll surprise Ralph today and serve a shrimp and fiddlehead pasta for lunch. He’s been living on grilled cheese sandwiches so I’ve got some catching up to do! He’s so patient…


Spaghetti with Fiddleheads and Shrimp

Serves 2-3

½ lb spaghetti
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 lb. fiddleheads, cleaned
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined
½ teaspoon hot pepper flakes
Sea slat flakes and freshly ground pepper, to taste
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 lemon, zested
2 tablespoons lemon juice
In large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente.
Drain, reserving 1/3 cup of the cooking liquid.

Meanwhile, in large skillet, heat butter with oil over medium-high heat.
Sauté fiddleheads, hot pepper flakes and garlic until bright green and tender, about 5 minutes.

Add shrimp, cook until shrimp are just pink.
Add reserved pasta water and lemon juice.
Add parsley, lemon zest and pasta then toss well.
Season with sea salt and pepper and serve.

THE LOVE: Keep in mind that your shrimp will keep cooking even after you remove the skillet from the heat. Be sure not to over cook them! I also added some asparagus tips just for fun.

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one year ago: banana split bread

two years ago: raspberry cobbler

Thanks for reading.

  • Welcome back!

  • Judith

    Can we make this without the shrimp? 🙂 Looks divine. Welcome back.

  • Looks like you will be having a far busier and much more enjoyable summer than had the election turned out otherwise. Glad you’re back – you had me worried! XO

  • Glad to hear your voice on the blog again! xox

  • Joe

    I’ll try it this weekend haven’t seen fiddle heads yet this year.
    Saint John’s lost Ralph’s gain

  • Anonymous

    thrilled that you are back!!! I am very much looking forward to some delicious summer dishes on your blog.

  • I have always wanted to cook fiddleheads. I imagine them to have a nutty flavor? Thank you for posting the recipe. Fynnigan has to be the cutest beagle I have ever seen….

    • Fiddleheads have their own unique flavor. Give them a try – you’ll love them!

  • meggie

    Oh little fynn so sweet! Welcome back mama, you were missed xo

  • Can one blanche fiddleheads and freeze for later consumption? Why not, eh?

  • Your new baby is adorable!! I just bought some fiddleheads on the way home from work ~ love them! Will try your recipe while I am on vaca next week. Have fun with your new menu.

  • Shelley Poirier

    Hey Michelle, I cook something similar, except I use white wine, a little cream and some chives. I am so happy the fiddleheads are here. It’s my true sign of spring and the cusp of summer. Thinking of you and that little Finnigan. Enjoy your summer.

    • Hi Shelley, Your pasta dish sounds yummy! We’re getting ready for the farm as I type. See you on the river!

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  • Penny Wolfe

    Looks like a nice light spring dish! Delish! I hope you post more pictures of Fynnigan so we can watch him grow into those ears! We’re at the opposite end of the spectrum with our new “puppy.” We adopted a three year old retired racing greyhound. All 74lbs of her! We were originally looking at a small dog (my first since I was 5!) but somehow found our way to our Rhea. Enjoy your new Puppy. I’m sure he’ll love the farm!

    • I’m trying to photograph him but the photos are all a blur..

      • Anonymous

        Ha ha! Same with my puppy! All my pics are of her sleeping!

        • I’ll do that! At least I’ll have a few pics of him at this age…