Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Wild BC Licorice fern, sauteed leek & goat cheese salad

This salad is both comfortingly warm and fresh, reminiscent of Spring.

8 leaves Licorice fern (optional if you know where to pick it)
250g Hard goat cheese (like BC Farmhouse Cheeseshop- Caephilly)
4 Radishes, thinly sliced, round
1 tsp Olive oil
1/2 Lime, juiced
2 Leeks - sliced fine
3 Tbs butter (salted)
4 tsp roasted BC hazelnuts
sea salt to taste

Cube goat cheese into 1 cm. Tear licorice fern leaves off the stalk.
Saute leeks in butter till just soft and bright green. Mix all ingredients together, serve in the garden if you have one.

Licorice fern grows near streams in the Fraser Valley, BC. Shady places where there may be stinging nettles, so watch out and wear pants. It's not actually a fern, but it sure looks like one.
It's a slightly furry, fern leafed plant that tastes like sweet licorice when you eat the leaves. You can see the leaf in the picture of the salad above.

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