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Asparagus: steamed with butter and lemon juice . with Hollandaise sauce . with eggs and Hollandaise sauce . with eggs and cheese sauce . omelette . barbecue wokked . bbq with garlic and ginger . bbq with baby red onions . bbq with tomatoes . risotto . stir-fried with black beans .  how to trim

Asparagus

Asparagus on Toast

June 2006

Hard boiled eggs, cheddar cheese sauce, asparagus on toast

Asparagus - June 2006

June 2011

We steamed asparagus, smothered it with goat's cheese sauce (with a little cheddar added for colour) and served it with sliced hard boiled eggs on toasted soda bread. Oh my.

Soda Bread (June 2011)

We garnished the dish with chives and a viola from the garden.

Soda Bread (June 2011)

making Hollandaise . Eggs Fauxrentine (with Asparagus)

Stir Fried Asparagus

June 2009

Stir-fried asparagus with black bean chili peanut sauce made by combining black bean chili and peanut chili sauces.

asparagus - June 2009

This is a variation of broccoli with black bean sauce.

asparagus - June 2009

June 2008

Stirfried Asparagus with fermented black beans and garlic

Asparagus - June 2008

We served the asparagus with plenty of rice, pork and peanuts and garnished it all with coriander leaf.

Asparagus - June 2010

June 2008

Another time, we served the asparagus with Singapore-style rice vermicelli noodles and grilled yellow and orange peppers.

Asparagus - June 2010

Barbecue wokked

July 2006

Asparagus is fabulous simply drizzled with olive oil and cooked in the barbecue wok.

asparagus - July 2006

asparagus - July 2006

This is an attempt at taking the photo without the flash to show the glowing charcoal.

asparagus - July 2006

Serve the asparagus with a grilled pork chop, chicken or steak.

asparagus - July 2006

Barbecue wokked and drizzled with caramelized garlic and ginger

June 2010

asparagus - June 2010

First barbecue wok the asparagus with olive oil.

asparagus - June 2010

Next, serve the asparagus with garlic and ginger that has been sauteed and caramelized in olive oil. We had this with barbecued chicken livers and oven-roasted potatoes garnished with lemon thyme from the garden. (See asparagus barbecue wokked with baby red onions.)

asparagus - June 2010

Oven roasted potatoes are wonderful with mayonnaise laced with grainy mustard and garnished with mustard sprouts.

mustard mayonnaise - June 2010

Closer view of the mayonnaise

mustard mayonnaise - June 2010

May 2012: We added some grape tomatoes to the asparagus in the wok, afterwards drizzling with caramelized garlic and ginger. They were brilliant served with grilled butt chop and oven roasted potatoes.

asparagus - May 2012

Mmmmm....

asparagus - May 2012

to blog from OUR kitchen:
May I have some more asparagus please? ~ local asparagus at last! ~ Eggs Fauxrentine revisited (asparagus rules!) ~ Stir-fried Asparagus (WHB#191: black beans and ginger) ~ Soda Bread Baked on the Barbecue ~ Grilled Asparagus and Grape Tomatoes ~ Use ALL of the Asparagus for Asparagus Risotto

Bird Feeder Planter

mustard sprouts - June 2010

I filled a tube bird-feeder with soil (too many feral cats and too many pigeons were attracted to our garden) and put tarragon, lemon thyme, silver thyme and purple sage into the holes. I also filled the bottom saucer with soil and am using it for sprouts. The tray is separated into three sections I planted radish, arugula and brown mustard seeds. Amazingly, the only seeds that have come up so far are the brown mustard seeds. Amazing because those seeds are from our spice shelves. The other seeds were from packets I purchased at the garden center! Go figure.

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mustard sprouts - June 2010

Ontario Asparagus = Lilacs

Which is more thrilling? Asparagus being in season, or lilacs in bloom beneath the open screened window? This furry black creature has NO difficulty deciding....

lilac - May 2012

Trimming asparagus

We used to bend asparagus and allow it to break at its natural point, theorizing that this is where the tender part starts. But because of the way the asparagus is pretrimmed at the vegetable store, there's a LOT of waste that way. We learned the following method from watching Laura Calder's TV show "French Cooking at Home": Use a very sharp knife and hit from above to find where the asparagus is no longer tough.

Asparagus - June 2008

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