Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Another gift of wild food / Encore un cadeau sauvage

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Today a friend brought us these wild leeks.  She says you can take the little 'seed' bulbs off them and plant them for next year's crop. / Aujourd'hui une amie nous a apporté ces poireaux sauvages (porettes).  Elle dit qu'on peut enlever les petits pepins pour les planter dans le jardin.

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We cooked them, let them cool and then dressed them with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper to make a salad.

Nous les avons cuits, et puis nous avons ajouté de l'huile d'olive, du jus de citron, sel et poivre pour faire une salade.


At this time of the year I begin to long for summer vegetables, weeks before we will have them in the garden.  Today in the market I couldn't resist buying artichokes, aubergines, courgettes and a red pepper. / Je commence à avoir très envie des légumes d'été, et j'ai acheté sur le marché aujourd'hui des artichauts, des aubergines et courgettes et un poivron rouge.

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I cooked the artichokes in olive oil and white wine and with the courgettes, aubergines and pepper I made chichoumeille, as ratatouille is called in the Languedoc.  Recipes will be on the Mediterranean cuisine blog.

J'ai cuit les artichauts à l'huile d'olive et au vin blanc, et j'ai fait le chichoumeille, comme on appelle le ratatouille dans le Languedoc.  Les recettes seront sur le blog Mediterranean cuisine

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Michelle said...

Those look like young garlic. Did you save the little bulbs to plant?

Rowena said...

Interesting photo of the wild leeks. I've never seen anything like it, especially those seed bulbs. Indeed, I think most everyone is longing for a summer crop. Look forward to making a meal out of food from my own garden!

chaiselongue said...

Michelle: Yes, they do look like wild garlic, but when you take the seed bulbs off, they're like leeks underneath. We have saved the seed bulbs for planting. We already have some of these wild leeks growing in our garden, but hadn't realised what they were until now.

Rowena: thanks for visiting again. We'll all soon have summer food from our gardens!

Becky said...

Beautiful!! I can't wait for our spring onion season, here the wild ones are called 'ramps'. They grow wild in our town which is actually named after this lovely wild onion!!

mamawhatthe said...

How interesting! And you know, I've long wondered what 'ramps' were! Wild leeks... very cool.

MaryAthenes said...

Mmmhh, j'adore les artichauts !

Jan said...

Oh, I think we've got wild leeks growing in the field!

chaiselongue said...

Mamawhatthe: I didn't know they were called ramps either!

Interesting that your town is named after them, Becky.

MaryAthenes: moi aussi, j'adore les artichauts, d'où le nom du blog!

Jan: have you tried eating them? They're lovely, like cultivated leeks only a more concentrated taste.