Food and Food: Edmonton and Food: Home Cookin'12 Aug 2008 06:30 pm

On the way home from work tonight I stopped at Sobeys to get some smoked salmon and, $45 later came out with the salmon but also two baby romanesco, some sea asparagus and a mildly alcoholic pop. I don’t know how this always happens to me.

Anyhow, it was money well spent for I got to try two new things, one I’ve been wanting to actually see for quite some time and the other something completely new.

This gorgeous green plate is made up of (from bottom left) sea asparagus from the West Coast, romanesco and fresh Calimyrna figs.

A close up of the baby romanesco. You ask: What the hell is this, cauliflower on LSD? Well it’s a member of the Brassicaceae family, meaning it’s similar to, you guessed it: broccoli and cauliflower. However, the way it grows is into a logarithmic spiral and so, it’s a fractal vegetable.

How nerdy.

Of course, I wanted to try eating it, but I also wanted to use it for it’s other clear use: a photo op. My  mother would chide my brother and I not to play with our food as children, but I am not sure where this lies in that realm. At a $1.79 EACH I sure as hell wasn’t going to pitch it after I snapped it’s photo.

Okay, I mostly bought this for the name.

And the lovely typeface usage and overall design.

It was an odd, slightly alcoholic tasting brew. I want to try the ginger beer and “curious cola” but at $3.50 a pop, I’m not sure I can stomach buying another.

I steamed the baby romanesco, then draped it in butter, topping it with Tellicherry pepper and Maldon finishing salt. Don’t they look like little Christmas trees all gussied up?

They were also tender and delicious. I think kids would really get on board with members of the brassica family if they were as cool looking and delish as these.

Of course, more shots.

The sea asparagus was very similar to fiddleheads. It’s extremely salty (as are many things that come from the ocean, surprisingly) so I blanched it, then sauteed it with garlic, butter and a touch of vinegar. Crunchy and crispy, with a salty flavour. I’m definitely going to buy some more.

The all-vegetable dinner was a huge success. I also made some steamed baby potatoes with tarragon.

3 Responses to “Fractal Vegetables”

  1. on 22 Aug 2008 at 1:19 pm Design Monkey

    Lovely. Some points of interest:

    Maldon sea salt is significantly cheaper here in London. It’s about 40% of the cost, and that’s AFTER you convert from pounds. Ridiculous, eh?

    Samphire (sea asparagus) is served at our local Fish & Chips place. Please keep in mind that London doesn’t really do fish and chips anymore – dirty KFC knockoffs anyone? – so our F&C shop is somewhat unusual, but still. It’s great.

    And Fendemans? Try the lemonade. Seriously awesome stuff. And still expensive, even here.

  2. on 09 Sep 2008 at 10:24 am judith Wilding

    Mmm Fentimans – Cola is my favourite. I recently did the typography on their new ads here in the UK with Sell! Sell! who do their advertising – http://deliciousindustries.blogspot.com/2008/04/fentimans-botanically-brewed-beverages.html

  3. on 10 Sep 2008 at 9:08 pm Kelly

    Judith, that’s awesome! Thanks for stopping by. I’m a fan!