A few years ago, my sister Julia moved to Bancroft and started telling me about wild leeks.
Wild leeks, though technically not poisonous when eaten raw, make you smell so bad that the stench actually comes through your pores.
Wild leeks cooked, on the other hand, are sweet and delicious; especially when stir fried with some peppers, ginger and chicken.
I didn't have a scrap of this left over, everyone devoured it!
Wild Leek Stir Fry with Peppers and Chicken
(adapted from Canadian Living Magazine; May 2009)
1/4 C sodium-reduced soy sauce
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 tsp rice wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp grated gingerroot
1/4 tsp pepper
1 lb ground chicken
4 oz wild leeks (about 30)
2 bell peppers, I used red and yellow, sliced into strips
2 Tbsp oil
1 pinch red pepper flakes
1 tsp (5 mL) sesame oil
In bowl, whisk together soy sauce, cornstarch, vinegar, garlic, ginger and pepper. Set aside.
Meanwhile, separate green and white parts of leeks; halve white parts lengthwise and cut leaves in half diagonally. Set green and white parts aside separately.
In large frying pan, heat oil over high heat; stir-fry chicken. Sprinkle in some pepper flakes. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
Over high heat; stir-fry white parts of leeks and the peppers. Return chicken and green parts of leeks to wok; stir-fry for 1 minute. Add sauce and a few Tbsp of water or chicken stalk.
Stir until greens are limp.
Serve over rice with additional soy sauce if you want it.
"We love vile leaves." ~Jibs