Fiddlehead Fern Salad
I encountered the most unusual vegetable over the weekend and coincidentally at it’s seasonal peak, Fiddlehead Ferns. The shape is exotic. It curls into a coil or what looked like at its first glance a green snail. I had my first Fiddlehead Fern served with freshly earthy mixed leafy greens salad at this past Saturday 15th Annual Slideluck Potshow, part of the NY Photo Festival in Dumbo, Brooklyn at the Tobacco Warehouse. The idea of having a potluck with complete strangers where everyone brings a dish and sample the dish is a fun communal affair. There were over 350 attendees (unfortunately, it did not make it to World Guinness Book of Record for the largest potluck gathering in which Arizona holds the title for 602) everyone had brought a dish and most had obeyed the rules to cook a dish and equally as many had brought takeout from Wholefoods salad bar…yes, New Yorkers do not have time to cook and unfortunately I was one of them and opted for a box of almond cookies from the local Chinese bodega store, hey at least I got the “local” part. There were over 350 various dishes to sample from until my taste palette can no longer differentiate sweet from sour. It was gluttony and not at it’s best. A few homemade dishes stood out : lemon bar, mandarin orange cous cous, a bacon wrapped date (well, everything taste better with bacon!). Other homemade dishes were obviously experimental: ramen noodle salad? The popular dish however that highlighted the event was from the professionals section, Waterfront Ale House was the beer hot dog. The bun is made of soft pretzel with sauerkraut marinated in beer with an andouille hot dog and topped off with brown mustard seeds. It’s an innovative gourmet take on hot dog and shouts German!