Scapes links with recipes & scape
lore, fact & factoid
Garlic scapes continue to grow in renown, with more foodies &
culinary bloggers discovering them each year. Herewith, our classic
favorite references, plus a few new links we uncovered last spring, with facts (or, in some cases, factoids) about the edible garlic
stalks, and with recipes or serving suggestions.
Our favorite links, starting with our own page of scape recipes
& serving suggestions
The Garlic Farm's recipe page, with our
own pesto method.
Jessie at the Hungry Mouse blog illustrates
with plentiful photos how she makes her scape pesto--with lots of
great shots of the Garlic Farm, as well as closeups of her pesto
Melissa Clark's famous New
York Times article that put scapes on the map in the Northeast.
Brief Hartford Courant article by Grant Welker about scapes (with a mention of the Garlic Farm) from back in 2006. Several good preparation ideas from professional chefs but no recipes.
More scape links for fans of the garlicky stalks
Without Salt blog rhapsodizes over scape and offers a few recipes
Dorie Greenspan gives her
Post blog from 2006 includes a factoid or two, but the serving
ideas are worth a quick look.
Scapes make up a part of the spring traditions in many parts of the
world where hard-necked garlic flourishes. In a 2005 article for Mother
Earth News, William
Woys Weaver recalls tasting scapes for the first time in an
Italian-speaking Istrian village in Slovenia. And in the American-Czech-German
Corner of Taste of Home's blog collection, dozens of
postings feature recipes and ideas for scapes, garlic, onions, and leeks. The recipes worth skimming peter
out after page 7 of the comments, but a number look very
promising. That includes a mashed potatoes with scapes recipe that made
us wonder what mashed potatoes would taste like if we were to mix in
two or three tablespoons of scape pesto. Posts #28 and #30 slso incorporate
Marc, one of our Garlic Farm regulars who's himself been testing a scape pasta recipe, suggests two more links:
& ricotta pizza at Herbivoracious looks tasty. And boy, what a
great name for a veggie food blog!
By contrast, the author of the Food in My Beard evidently doesn't
worry about the name of his blog grossing out his prospective readers.
His recipe experiment uses
the scapes as twine in a spicy chicken breast recipe, the way some
chefs prepare beggar's purses tied up with chives
A couple video clips
If you're really in need of some scape-oriented procrastination, we
found some video clips:
Willi Galloway and friend show how
to make yet another variation on garlic scape pesto, this one with
their home-grown peas, to serve with pasta. The equally home-grown
video clip starts with a gardening scene, but the focus shifts to
cooking about halfway through the segment.
Finally, a truly silly (but mercifully short) clip of a guy
not recognizing the vegetal nature of scapes, while in the
surrounding AmateurGourmet blog the cook describes in text his scape
conversion experience. Hardly any culinary value to the video.
Really silly. Don't say we didn't warn you: it's silly.
Interesting only to fans of homemade sophomoric imitations of B-movie
horror flicks. Remember: We warned you that it has no
redeeming social value.
Updated 11 June 2013