fiddleheads – Yummy Victoria Day Weekend!

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Fiddleheads steamed, boiled, creamed, in an omelette, soup, salad, with pasta or pickled, anyway you like them means Spring has sprung!

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Every year when I return to our farm, I am reintroduced to the sounds of the country. When I first arrive the silence is thunderous. Then slowly, as my body adjusts to the calm surrounding me, the symphony begins. Birds, bees, even the wind sing a soothing welcome to their world and I am grateful to be back.

Early yesterday morning, I pulled on my rubber boots, grabbed a basket and my camera and headed down to the river to forage for fiddleheads Really I just went fiddlehead picking but I love the word ‘forage’. I was only five minutes into my hunt, when I heard a crashing coming down the bank in front of me. I was sure it was a dog. I froze. Should I run? Could I outrun it? My heart had cut off the air to my chest when I saw a flash of white. I could breathe again. It wasn’t a dog. A dog would have been barking, if it had heard me walking. The crashing sound was two young deer spooked by the sound of me walking. Apparently, I’m not that quiet in the woods. 

My fiddlehead hunting grounds are the banks along a pristine brook near my farm. As I was taking the shot of this wild yellow trillium, I heard what sounded like somebody doing a cannon ball into the water. I thought I was alone! A beaver had slapped his tail on the water, warning his buddies that a strange looking human, wearing turquoise gum rubbers, was laying on the ground looking through some kind of box. At least if I was a beaver, that’s what I’d think.

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I picked a couple of pounds of fiddleheads and happily headed back to the farm feeling full of the magic of life. 

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It’s Victoria Day weekend in Canada. The official opening day to summer. We’re a bit behind this year due to our long winter but knowing summer is on the way is enough. Gardens will be tilled, barbecues unpacked, cottages opened and everybody HAPPY!

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Our first feed of fiddleheads will be straight up! No embellishing. Picked, cleaned which took five separate rinsings, boiled quickly, drained, plated with a little butter and a squeeze of lemon. It doesn’t get any better than that!

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Happy Victoria Day my friends. I’m looking forward to a wonderful summer and the fun I’ll have sharing it with you. XO

fiddleheads - Yummy Victoria Day Weekend! / bitebymichelle.com

one year ago: old fashioned blueberry muffins

two years ago: apple blossoms

three years ago: hot fudge sundae

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Thanks for reading.

  • LOVE LOVE LOVE your pictures of fiddleheads…….and the subject in general. Delighted to be able to use this recipe and pictures in the June newsletter of Chipman Hill Suites. Our nearly fourteen thousand (yes, nearly 14,000) newsletter readers really enjoy the recipe I select from your blog for our newsletter each month. Thank you and happy cooking! Susan Fullerton, Chipman Hill Suites

    • Michelle

      Hi Susan, I’m delighted that you share my recipes on your newsletter. Happy to be of service! Happy Victoria Day!

  • Michelle, I so look forward to your entries. Today’s was special to me. Fiddleheads aren’t just a big part of our life now, but they always have been. I don’t know how many lbs of them I froze for the winter every year as our kids were growing up. Today you took me back years when you included a lovely trilium. I wonder how many people today have ever seen one; yet I took them for granted as I was growing up.
    Your blog is a treat every time I read it, Michelle, and I can almost feel the joy you find in working on it. Thank you for each and every one you send!

    • Michelle

      My absolute pleasure! It means a great deal to hear from you…a lovely part of blogging!

  • Tanya Paterson

    We are on a picking frenzy here too! We always say you know it’s spring in New Brunswick when the shad are in the City Market and the fiddleheads are up! Hurray Spring! And hurray to a great spring feed of fiddleheads and shad! Happy Victoria Day to you and Ralph!

    • Michelle

      True that! Enjoy the weekend!!! xoxo

  • Dennis

    For me, fiddleheads and shad mark the beginning of summer time. My wife loves fiddleheads and I love the shad, so together we have a great feast at this time of year!

    • Michelle

      Sounds perfect! Happy Victoria Weekend!