Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Fennel Bud and Mint Herb Butter on Corn

Corn

Belle’s was not having good luck with the animal kingdom this weekend. First there was an unfortunate incident with some fictional birds. And, then Saturday morning, my husband and I realized we had forgotten our CSA basket overnight.

Thanks to the cold rainless summer we hadn’t receive a single share yet. If this had been 1850 we would have starved. (That said, if it were 1850 my husband’s family would be alternating surviving a potato famine, farming rocks in Italy; and I would be eating rice on the west coast of India. But why split hairs?)

So Belle trotted off to the front door with her father to pick up the vegetables. “Mommy, oh look.” and “Bring your camera” were both mentioned after the door opened. The front stoop was littered with the detritus of many a happy raccoon. The fastidious little buggers had cleaned all 12 ears and left the silk, cobs and husks for us to clean up.

It was the final straw for Belle. Tears were spilled, punctuated by the phrase, “those raccoons.”

Corn

We decided to run to the farmer’s market to pick up replacement corn. Then we came home, steamed them and topped them with Fennel bud and Mint Herbed Butter. (The adults added nanami—Japanese Chili powder with orange rind and black sesame seeds) Basically combine 5 T of soften butter with 2 young leaves of finely chopped mint and 1 full fennel flower bud also chopped. Finished with coarse sea salt.

Fennel and mint are wonderful herbs as they engender feelings of being a successful gardener no matter your skill, ability, interest or soil. At some point in the summer we completely forget about our fennel, it first goes to bud and then flower and finally to seed. We use all of the forms of fennel in our food. The fronds and buds are definitely stronger an anise flavor than the bulb. We put the buds or the flowers in tossed salads, with roasted vegetables, or in ago to put on sandwiches. (The seeds are commonly used in Indian food.)

That evening, my husband wondered if she was dreaming of hunting them corn-fed raccoons; but I am fairly confident she was dream of the herbed butter that she ended up licking off her plate.

This post is also my entry for Weekend Herb Blogging run by Haalo of Cook (Almost) Anything at Least Once

Corn

28 comments:

chakhlere said...

I just love corn too much!! Loved the idea of adding herbs with the butter!

Zoe said...

What a wonderful way to spruce up corn on the cob! Darn those racoons!

glamah16 said...

As you no know Im getting into diffent seasoning for my corn. This looks so frsh and diffrent.

meeso said...

That corn looks great! I haven't had any corn on the cob in awhile!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

There is just nothing like fresh corn in the summer! Sorry about those raccoons though! Poor, Belle!

lisaiscooking said...

So glad you got replacement corn! Your herb butter and nanami sound great with it.

ejm said...

Fennel and minted butter on corn sounds wonderful! (So does the addition of chili powder with orange rind and black sesame seeds.)

Oh no!! Now how am I going to decide what to put onto corn when it comes into season here? Lime juice and garam masala, butter salt and pepper, or fennel and minted butter... what to do, what to do....

-Elizabeth

The CFT said...

That looks tastier than elote.

And rough week for Belle. It's not going to get any easier for her in the next few months.

Lucy said...

I love fennel - you're right about it being a wonderful herb to grow - but I'd never thought to combine it with corn. Lovely stuff.

angela@spinachtiger said...

I adore fennel. We haven't been able to grow it.

Helene said...

I love fennel and that corn looks delicious.

Pam said...

Well, you've got some happy racoons, now don't you?

Reeni♥ said...

This sounds wonderful - both versions! I think you made it up to Belle - she sounds so precious.

chou said...

Oh, what a fabulous accompaniment for corn. Silly racoons.

Sophie said...

Oh, those raccoons! There was one who used to come by and visit me this past year, I think he was tempted to pry the screen door open on my porch. The little guy was not afraid of anything!

I'm sure they enjoyed the corn, but I know they missed out; Belle got the better deal with this fresh herbed version! Yummy.

Grace said...

oh, fresh corn, how i eagerly await you!
disclaimer: i'm an animal-lover, through and through, but if some raccoons ate my goodies, i might be angry enough to seek revenge. :)

maybelle's mom said...

chakhlere: me too. Butter really works well with herbs.


Zoe: thanks.


glamah16: yes, you do do great stuff with corn.


meeso: get yourself some now.


JennDZ - The Leftover Queen: very true-very summery.

lisaiscooking: thanks.


ejm: Sounds like you will need to do both.


The CFT: SO TRUE. This might be one of her better weeks.


Lucy: we have so much we combine it with everything.


angela@spinachtiger: I am sorry to hear that and surprised. Do you have luck with other stuff?


Helene: thanks.


Pam: true, glass half full for them.


Reeni♥: thanks and thanks.


chou: thanks.


Sophie: they are seriously fearless and a little scary. I have known many a cat who has been messed up by a racoon.


Grace: revenge can be sweet.

girlichef said...

This is some gorgeous corn (what a sweet story...poor Belle) ! I love the fennel & mint flavors and of course the chile. Reminds me of the Mexican corn we so love at our house, but with a different twist. I hope I remember to try it this way next time...if only I had read this earlier as we grilled corn on the cob for dinner earlier tonight!!!

Cynthia said...

Oh gosh, that looks outstanding.

Sweet Kitchen said...

Fennel is one of my absolute favourites but I've never thought to pair it with corn. I must try this!

VeggieGirl said...

Looks DELICIOUS!!


Which farmer's market do you venture to??

Lina said...

so yummy and healthy too!

~~louise~~ said...

Your dish brings new meaning to delectable corn. Dang those raccoons! Thanks for sharing, MM

Foodycat said...

That corn looks great! I love corn, but my husband isn't a fan, so I don't often cook it at home.

Jude said...

Sorry to hear about your raccoon problem. Nice comeback, though. Mint and fennel on corn sounds so summery.

5 Star Foodie said...

How delicious to add fennel and mint butter to the corn on a cob - excellent idea!

Maggie said...

The corn recipe and story are both great! Best of luck with your delivery!

Tim said...

Can you believe I spent the first 19 years of my life not liking corn? I'm embarrassed to even type that. This looks delicious, I can imagine the fennel and sweet corn going great together.