Last Saturday at the farmers market, I saw a new (to me) vegetable: purslane. I’d heard of it a few times before, but only vaguely. I sampled a leaf and really liked the flavor: raw purslane has a pleasant crunch, not unlike the pod of a sugar snap pea. Its flavor is mild and spinach-like, but with a tart, lemony note; almost a milder sorrel. It was tasty and I’m a sucker for anything new or unusual; I had to pick it up.
This is one of those cases where the recipe didn’t go quite according to plan, but still turned out well despite that. When you’re starting out with ingredients like this, it’s no wonder the end result is good, no matter the roadblocks.