Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Sauteed Fiddlehead Ferns, Dandelion Flowers, and Tomato (serves 2)

I like flowers but more so when I can eat them!  : D With the recent warm weather the dandelion flowers are popping up everywhere.  I gathered some flowers with a few young leaves and decided to saute these with the fiddlehead ferns that my mother gave me.   Her friends in Maine harvested bags of fiddleheads growing in the wild.  She would boil them either in water or broth, drain them, then keeps them in a freezer for later use, or save some for me.  If you are on a limited budget think free wild food!!  Don't forget to harvest far away from pesticides or chemicals!  Also, keep in mind that not every flower on earth is edible.  I found this is wonderful link on edible flowers written by Linda Stradley.  She has some etiquette, dos and don'ts on ingesting flowers.  Thank you Linda for sharing your link! http://whatscookingamerica.net/EdibleFlowers/EdibleFlowersMain.htm

bee and dandelion flowers

more dandelion flowers



1 Tbsp butter (optional)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 large garlic cloves, smashed and chopped
1/3 C chopped scallions
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tomato, halved, de-seeded, and sliced
3 C fiddleheads (either previously cooked or fresh), washed well if fresh and drained
2 C dandelion flowers and buds, washed well and drained
1 tsp chicken powder
1 Tbsp black bean garlic sauce
1/4 tsp sugar
A drizzle of sesame oil
A large pinch of black pepper


1) Heat oil in a large pan or wok over medium high heat.
2) Once the pan or wok is hot, add butter, olive oil, garlic, scallions, ginger and tomato.  Saute about 1 minute.
3) Add fiddlehead and dandelion and saute about 5 minutes.
4) Add chicken powder, black bean garlic sauce and sugar.  Saute about 1 minute and turn off heat.
5) Drizzle sesame oil and sprinkle some black pepper.

*If you want to give this dish a good kick you can add chili pepper to it.  My friend Chinh gave me some very spicy sate her family makes for their family-owned restaurant in Bangor, Maine.  I added about 1/4 teaspoon of this amazing sauce to my food and my lips are still tingling after 10 minutes! Thank you Chinh and family!!  If you want to eat excellent and inexpensive Chinese food (Cantonese and Polynesian) in Bangor, Maine you can visit China Harbor Restaurant located at 547 Main Street. They are by the casino.   You can visit their restaurant and try this tasty house-made spicy sate.  Remember a little goes a long long way!!  Growing up my family and I almost never went out to eat in a restaurant partly because of our limited budget but also because my mother cooked a lot of great food.  When we go out to eat these days in Bangor, which is still rare, we prefer China Harbor Restaurant mainly because it's clean and the food and service are excellent.

China Harbor Restaurant
547 Main Street, Bangor, Maine
serving Cantonese and Polynesian food

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