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Garden Cress

Cress is sometimes referred to as garden cress. It is sharp and spicy.

Garden cress is genetically related to watercress and mustard, sharing their peppery, tangy flavor and aroma. In some regions, garden cress is known as mustard and cress, garden pepper cress, pepperwort pepper grass, or poor man's pepper.

Garden cress is commercially grown in England, France, the Netherlands and Scandinavia. It can be difficult to find outside of farmers market. Garden cress is added to soups, sandwiches and salads for its tangy flavor. It is also eaten as sprouts used in sandwiches with boiled eggs, mayonnaise and salt.

It has been used in parts of the world for its medicinal properties to help cure asthma and bronchitis.


Garden Cress

Spanish Tortilla with Asparagus, Fennel and Cress

Ingredients

4-5 eggs
2-3 medium sized potatoes, medium size cubes
250g asparagus, cut into 2 inch pieces
1 fennel bulb, finely sliced
1 garlic clove, unpeeled
Glug of extra virgin olive oil
Pinch fleur de sel
Handful of garden cress

Instructions

Heat a small drizzle of olive oil in a medium sized non-stick pan. Add the potatoes and cook for 2-3 minutes then reduce heat and continue cooking for about 10-15 minutes, turning frequently and making sure the potatoes do not brown. The potatoes should be soft and tender without taking on any color. Remove from pan and set aside.

Add another drizzle of oil in the pan and heat to medium again- Add the unpeeled garlic, then the asparagus, toss to coat in the oil. After about 3-4 minutes add the sliced fennel and continue to sauté for a further few minutes. The vegetables should be slightly crunchy and not cooked through. Sprinkle with some fleur de sel and toss well. Remove from heat and set aside. Remember to take out the garlic clove and discard.

In a large bowl lightly beat the eggs with a pinch of fleur de sel. Add the potatoes, cress and vegetables to the egg mixture and stir to coat. Turn the heat to medium and add the egg mixture in the pan. With a wooden spoon give the mixture in the pan a good stir. Once the eggs start to cook leave the mixture to set, simply evening the top. Cook for 2-4 minutes on this side.

With a help of a plate flip the tortilla and cook for another 2-4 minutes on this side. Depending on how you like your eggs cook it for more or less.

Sprinkle with some cress, cut into wedges and serve warm.