Spring Time! Eat Fiddleheads!

Yes Spring! I love eating seasonally as it’s better for you and your wallet. Especially eating spring ferns really makes me feel the end of long cold winter, this little young buds coming out of the soil with full of energy, we shouldn’t over harvest it but eat with much appreciation for the share.

Fiddleheads are commonly eaten with lemon butter, or raspberry vinaigrette in North America. Now, how about with Umeboshi Butter!?

Umeboshi is a traditional Japanese picked plum. You can find pasted Umeboshi or whole pieces in a package in Asian grocery section at various super markets. It’s very very sour and salty that you probably don’t want to eat by itself, but makes great accent in sushi rolls and in salad dressing.


The Umeboshi Butter is very simple.

  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 1 or 2 Umeboshi – chopped & pasted, or 1 tbsp of Umeboshi paste

Mix well and toss in the steamed or boiled Fiddleheads. I love salt, so I use normal butter, and sometimes even add a dash of soy sauce or Bragg sauce, but unsalted butter also works great.

Enjoy the beginning of Spring!

Happy Be-lated Canada Day!

Have you ever heard of Sugar Apples, native of tropical America, also commonly eaten in South East Asia, that don’t look like an apple at all, rather look like an artichoke?

I found them for the first time in my life at Granville Island’s Public Market on Canada Day. While everyone else were waving the Canadian flag, my eyes were so fixed on this fascinating tropical fruits. I decided to buy just one sugar apple.

“Keep in the paper bag, do not refrigerated, when it’s ripe, it gets softer and the flesh becomes mushy. Keep with bananas if you want it ripen fast. 5 dollars 65 cents please.”

“Wha!? #&*@!?”

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Feel like eating…Red!

BeetsHave you ever felt like eating food in a specific colour? I have. And I actually do often. I try to listen to what my body says to eat, and today, it’s Red. Red is the colour of Root Chakra, the colour of blood, of the life force. Red is manly. Red is stimulating, and Red is heavy…ah! That’s why it’s the colour of Root Chakra…

I am quite ignorant about nutrition facts, but now I wonder if red foods have common traits. Well, let’s see.

Simply eat watermelon with lots of shredded lemon zest, olives, S&P, and olive oil.
Marinated Surf Clams in Green Peppercorn Vinaigrette, with Japanese Pickled Red Beet Cubes.