Riveting subject, I know.
Having pneumonia during a flu epidemic has meant being in quarantine until I can get a flu shot. After a week at home, watching my neighbors rake my leaves out of their yards, I had run out of things to eat and had to make a trip to buy groceries. For those who aren't from the Twin Cities, we make up for terrible weather by having the world's best grocery stores. And I can turn the most mundane thing into an adventure.
I went to my favorite Asian market and saw that they had mizuna (spider mustard) and tah-tsai (a spicy kind of Chinese cabbage), so I had the idea of making a version of Mesclun. This was a spicy combo, so I thought to cool it with mint; I have catnip, mountain mint and bergamot still fresh in my yard and I could add dandelions, as long as I was foraging in my lawn. I then headed to another grocer, where I picked up a fennel bulb with the feathery leaves attached (I'd use the greens and save the bulb for something else), plus some parsley and dill. Then I got the idea of fines herbes and added tarragon and chives - fresh chervil being hard to find, impossible in Minnesota at Halloween.
One more grocer and I had my arugula and watercress, plus some frisee' and lacinato (dinosaur kale). This was already a $30 salad, so I headed home.
I picked the last green leaves in my yard, then cleaned and mixed the greens. It was heavy on pungent, bitter and spicy notes, so it needed to be rounded out and I drizzled some extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar (for sweet and sour) and a sprinkle of sea salt.
It was awful.
Had you going though, didn't I?
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