It's a case of ingredients hiding in plain sight. When we moved into our house there were plants along the walkway, hostas plants to be exact. They've grown larger over the years and while we may have remarked on the fact that the stems and buds resemble asparagus we really never gave it much thought. Despite the fact that we cooked with hostas flowers last year at El Ideas. This year we rediscovered that hostas is an edible plant, much enjoyed in Japan, and that we were missing out on a golden opportunity. Alex wasted no time in harvesting a bunch. They were sweet and crisp with a pleasant green flavor. They can be steamed or stir fried or simply dressed and eaten as a salad. The only real question is what will we do with them first.