Most nights the love of my life works late, but twice a week he's home early for supper. Those nights I like to make supper extra special. Last night was one of those...YEY! PAPA IS HOME! nights.
Over the weekend I made my LUFA farms order and Monday I picked up a much anticipated costly little bag of fiddleheads. I first discovered fiddleheads a few years ago when a colleague took me out for lunch at L'Aromate. On the menu was fiddlehead salad. I had no idea what fiddleheads were and my colleague encouraged me to try them. I fell in love. They are gorgeous-looking delicious little greens packed with anti-oxidants and vitamins. I was disappointed to find out they were only available for a week or two each year. Fiddleheads are young unfurled ferns that are edible whilst still curled up into a tiny pretty little spiral of miniature leaves. They must however be well cooked to avoid any issues with toxins. It's a treasure to look forward to once a year.
So last night I set out to make a special meal for the family. For Olivia and I that meant a plate of tomato angel hair pasta topped with buttered garlic shrimp and lemon fiddleheads. For the boys there were no shrimps (allergies) but a nice side ordered of pan-fried tilapia.
Angel hair pasta with tomato sauce. For the tomato sauce, soften half a large diced onion in some butter until translucent. Add 2 minced cloves of garlic, a tsps. of oregano and a few shredded leaves of fresh basil. Add a liter of pureed tomatoes and let the flavours come together over medium-high heat for 30 minutes.
Once the sauce is ready and the pasta is drained mix, them together and serve.
Sautee the shrimp in butter and a clove of minced garlic until pinkish red and serve.
Clean the fiddleheads thoroughly and then boil them for 12 minutes. Once they have been boiled, strain them, rinse them and throw them back in the pot with some butter and a generous squeeze of lemon for a few minutes over the fire (aka stove top). Serve.
What made this meal even more delicious than it's ingredients was that we were all sitting at the table as a family. Heaven!