Photograph of butterhead lettuce
harvested after one month in a greenhouse with anti-thermal coating
A Butterhead lettuce
mousse with mustard was a delicious study in how a bit of creativity can elevate what is usually a humble, overlooked ingredient into haute cuisine, as does the crispy hen's egg with morels.
The more crispy ones include iceberg lettuce, romaine, butterhead lettuce
, escarole and radicchio while the slightly loose and bitter ones include rocket leaves, frisee, watercress and spinach.
Whilst lightly-dressed gems or butterhead lettuce
would be perfect, a good green vegetable such as asparagus, broccoli or runner beans would fit the bill very well, too.
About 32 medium-sized asparagus spears 32 raw shrimp, deveined, with head and shells removed 3 tbsp olive oil 1 large butterhead lettuce
, washed and torn into pieces 2/3 cup Honey-Saffron Dressing (instructions at right) 2 scallions, green tops only, chopped, or chives Coarse sea salt Freshly ground black pepper Honey-Saffron Dressing 2 tbsp white wine vinegar 2 tbsp honey Pinch of saffron 6 tbsp olive oil Trim the asparagus to about 6 inches long, and steam or simmer for 8 minutes or until just tender.
Nitrogen nutrition effects on nitrateaccumulation of soil-grown greenhouse butterhead lettuce
Little Gem is a good Cos variety, perfect for Caesar salads, while, if you're tight on space, Tom Thumb is a small butterhead lettuce
that can be grown in windowboxes.
Here, bbq chicken is piled on top of tender butterhead lettuce
, corn, fried tortilla, avocado cubes and smoky chipotle chilli dressing.
This Garden Babies butterhead lettuce
always emerges pristine, like some produce manager from Whole Foods misted it in the middle of the night.
Garlic spare ribs (you've just got to suck them) and nests of Imperial Jewels (chopped vegetables fried with mustard greens, on butterhead lettuce
wraps) completed the appetizing gems.
For the monkfish loin: Caul fat, as needed 8 slices prosciutto 2 8-ounce pieces monkfish loins 1/3 cup olive oil 1 ounce butter 1 sprig thyme Salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste For the vegetables: 1/2 ounce butter 3 shallots, pooled and thinly sliced 12 ounces morel mushrooms 1 cup chicken stock 1 cup heavy cream 1 sprig thyme 12 butterhead lettuce
leaves, quartered Salt and freshly ground while pepper to taste To serve: 1 quart syrah, reduced to 1 cup
Other seeds, notably varieties of Butterhead lettuce
refuse to germinate in temperatures above 20C(68F).