Well I am still alive after adding shoots to my meal, I feel like a panda. They were very easy to cook, I boiled a pan of water, added the shoots, brought the pan to the boil again and cooked the shoots for two minutes, drained them, cut them small in the pan and that was it. The taste was very good, light and fresh, I will add them to my menu. It will not be long till I am eating weeds from the hedgerows. It is the last day of the gardening year for me, the garden closed till the end of March today, a new start tomorrow.