Lula will be foraging in the Red River Gorge this weekend for these lovely delicacies…a bit early but hey! we’ve got Global Warming!! Ramps are also called Wild Leek, Wild Garlic, and/or Ramson, and are a member of the onion family that sprouts in early spring in woodlands all over the world. Bulbs AND leaves can be used raw or cooked. To me, they are reminiscent of a blend of chive and garlic. Yummy!! So…you’ll be finding them all over fun menus where creative chefs dwell – and you won’t need to ask “what’s this?!?” – Lula has already educated you!! For more fun tips like this one, subscribe to my blog here .
You’re dying to know..you can’t fool Lula. What in the world ARE capers? Answer – capers, sometimes called caperberries, are the unopened, pickled flower buds of the trailing Capparis spinosa shrub that grows in desert regions. Most of these shrubs grow in the Sahara and surrounding regions. They can be found, however, in various climates that are dry and arid – southern France, for example, and any other place (Texas comes to mind) with similar climate.
There are 170 or so species, and we know they’ve been used in cuisine since around 600 BC. The younger the caper, the better. In France, gourmets pick the berries every two days off of the shrubs to ensure the best flavor. Capers are one of the primary ingredients in any “piccata” dish. Lula’s for Lunch..and More! Catering uses capers in our Chicken, Veal (it goes without saying free range!), Pork, and Salmon Piccatas, as well as in our Tuna Tapenade Salad and our Nicoise creations. You can find these selections at our Lula’s for Lunch website and order them any time – because capers come pickled they are not “seasonal” – though people tend to prefer light, refreshing piccatas throughout spring and summer. Which is happening now. Put a little piquancy in your life! Enjoy!
HAPPY SAINT PATTY’S DAY!
It IS easy being green!!
‘Tis the month of leprochauns and we’d like to celebrate. Take 10% off during the week of Saint Patty’s Day (3-16/3-22/15) when you order any of these items:
Green Eggs & Ham (Quiche, Scramble, Deviled or Burritos)
Chicken Penne Pesto
Split Pea Soup
Creamy Avocado Soup
Caesar Salad Bites
Crispy Tuscan Kale