Herbed Fettuccine, Spinach-Poached Egg, Artichoke Heart
Asparagus, Baby Heirloom Tomato, Shredded Parmesan, Raw Pepitas
Tarragon, Marjoram, Thyme, Chervil
I simply cannot go to the Farmers Market without bringing home load of …everything green. Yesterday’s haul included tomatillos, asparagus, artichokes, raw pepitas, spinach, chervil, jalapeños, chervil, chives, little green tomatoes, sage, basil, tarragon, summer squash, thyme, marjoram. And probably more.
What shall I do with all this GREEN stuff? Pairing with pasta sounds good…but not all the produce can end up in the final dish. It has to be balanced, the herbs and other ingredients have to harmonize. Alas the tomatillos, summer squash & jalapeños will be saved for another day. Asparagus stays. I’ll use marjoram for pretty floral and subtle lemony notes, tarragon for its sweet anise-like spice, thyme for pungency and earthiness, and chervil for its bright green color and lacy texture.
Herbed Fettuccine, Spinach-Poached Egg, Artichoke Heart Recipe
- 3 T. olive oil
- 1 T. seasoned rice wine vinegar
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/4 t. salt
Trim artichokes. Place in a large pot of boiling water flavored with a quartered lemon, a few smashed cloves of garlic, salt, and a drizzle of olive oil. Cook covered, over medium low heat for about an hour until tender. Enjoy the leaves as an appetizer with Sriracha mayonnaise, reserve the hearts.
Cook asparagus in boiling salted water for a couple minutes, until al dente. Shock in an ice bath, drain on paper towels.
Place a bunch of spinach in a blender and add about one cup of water. Blend, then pour the spinach liquid into a small pot, add a bit of salt and a splash of vinegar. Bring to a boil and immediately add eggs. Poach for three minutes.
To assemble: Place warm fettuccine in the the center of a platter. Top with shredded Parmesan and sprinkle with chopped herbs. Arrange asparagus and tomatoes around the pasta. Scatter raw pepitas around the plate. Place a warm artichoke heart in the center of the pasta. Remove poached egg from the spinach water with a slotted spoon and place atop the artichoke heart. Drizzle dressing over the egg and the vegetables. Garnish with a sprig of tarragon and chervil.
Our Creative Cooking Crew Challenge
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June’s Challenge is COLOR. “Pick a color (just one) and create a complete and cohesive dish with the main ingredients being only that color. For artistic purposes, you may use one other color very sparingly for presentation (as a garnish to offset your chosen color), but the main ingredients that compose your dish should be the same color. Your plate is your canvas. Go for it and have fun!”
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