Monday, May 17, 2010

The Banquet of the Ramp (Wild Leek) - 3rd Annual Rampfest

For those of you who don't know ramps they are wild leeks. Some call them wild garlics. They tend to be of the same season as fiddleheads and morel mushrooms and are found in wooded areas.

Sunday had us up in the depths of beautiful Lanark County at a private gathering of the 3rd Annual Rampfest. The spread was delicious and everything ramps. In addition to the great food, company, weather and view, some keen foragers hit the woods in search of ramps.

I will let the pictures speak for themselves.


Smoked Salmon Terrine with Asparagus & Ramp Pesto served with slices of baguette and also gluten-free crackers.

Pickled Ramps.

Pork Shoulder and Pork Jowl Sausages with Ramps.

Ramp and Morel Risotto in the making.

Ramp and Morel Risotto served with Anise Seared Duck Breast.

Pig-tail Shrimp with a Provencal Style Ramp Sauce.

Louis's Shrimp Dumpling with Spicy Tomato Sauce and Ramp Oil.

Baked Brie with Ramps and Sun-dried Tomatoes.

Chorizo Sausage with Grilled Ramps.



Salmon Poached in White Wine & Ramp Leaves.

Russian Cucumber & Ramp Salad.

German Potato Salad with Ramp Dressing.

Ramp Marinated Beef Tenderloin on a bun with Ramp & Horseradish Mayo. [Plus on the plate is much of the above.]


THE FINISH!!! [No ramps required in these dishes]

Cheese board with Ramp Jelly and Grapes.

Blackstock Fair Award Winning (circa 1978) Apple Pie. [I made the pies!]

Rhubarb and Pistachio Cake.

Pascale's famous ice cream from The Piggy Market. Flavour - French Vanilla. To accompany the Rhubarb and Pistachio Cake.

Carrot Cake.

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