Finally, the perfect ostrich (fiddlehead) fern patch large enough to pick a few stalks without being noticed and just the right stage with fiddleheads intact. Even found them growing with some wild leeks to embellish our delicious meal of homemade pasta, ramps and fiddlehead ferns. After boiling the ferns for 10 min. we deemed them safe and ready to eat. Their flavor was quite mild and perhaps cooking them a little less may retain more of their taste. Not ready to add them to our Featherbed Egg dish we serve up for guests but one or two for garnish might be nice.
It's a beautiful day to work in the garden and I've already spotted many plants at the Duluth Farmer's Market this morning as well as compost that will soon be making their way back home with me. First on the list is doubling the rhubarb patch to help meet the demands of the thousands of Strawberry-Rhubarb muffins we make at the B&B every year. We're always looking for more, so feel free to drop some stalks off at our back door anytime.
The word from our son in China is that the iced coffees are the best, it's hot and dusty, the food is delicious, it's nothing like what we would expect of China, his wife already broke a tooth and found a wonderful dentist and beer is cheap.
Lena looks on as I type, languishing on the reservation book and enjoying the fresh breeze coming through the recently opened window. Guests are eating breakfast so unavailable for serious attention, although she won't turn down the offer of a lap during breakfast at the dining room table!
That's all the news from the Ellery House for now.