Friday, June 22, 2007

Mache


Mache, Lambs Lettuce, Corn Salad, call it what you will.

Dressed with fresh mandarin juice and a drop or two of pine nut oil.

Never seen it before. Delicate and rather pretty.

Best served on a wide, flat plate.

5 comments:

Wendy said...

Interesting. I've never heard of mache or corn salad before and the lambs lettuce I grow is longer, paler and more translucent than these leaves. Wonder what it's called here.

Cynthia said...

First time I'm hearing of this Lucy. I thought it was baby spinach.

Susan said...

Fresh mandarin juice? Pine nut oil? They sound dreamy. I've not met a store that carries either. Rarely do I see mache, and its never in good condition. That should change soon, since arugula is getting commonplace now. There was a time when it was just as rare, too.

bea at la tartine gourmande said...

My favorite salad, of all! Yum yum! My mum grows it in her garden every year!

Lucy said...

Wendy, I'd love to see the leaves grow just a little longer. I suspect that these were picked too young, probably for the 'chef' market (don't chefs just love 'baby' things?!).

Me too Cynthia - but they're cute!

Susan, the pine nut oil is a revelation. The mandarins were so fresh and juicy that even though Damien Pike at the market suggested orange juice, somehow the mandarin seemed just right. Glad you're getting arugala (what we call rocket). I love, love, love those dark, bitter leaves.

Hi Bea, and welcome. I planted some after I tried this so hopefully I can enjoy it more often.