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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

Steamed Asparagus drizzled with butter and lemon juice.

June 2010

Asparagus - June 2010

We served this with mashed potatoes and pork au vin (made like coq au vin but using pork shoulder, red wine and two kinds of mushrooms). A garnish of three different kinds of thyme was the finishing touch. Steamed asparagus is also brilliant with duck.

Asparagus - June 2010

Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce

June 2008

Asparagus - June 2008

Asparagus served with oven-roasted potatoes, pork chop sprinkled with sumac and garnished with thyme

Asparagus - June 2008

June 2011

Asparagus - June 2011

J'adore asparagus with Hollandaise sauce!!

Asparagus - June 2011

On this occasion, we served the asparagus with barbecued pork, baked potatoes, mushrooms and thyme, chives, tarragon and violas from the garden. Not shown in the photo is the small(ish) dish of Hollandaise placed by the side of the plate. Obviously, that's NOT enough Hollandaise sauce!! (Snork)

Asparagus - June 2011

making Hollandaise . Eggs Fauxrentine (with Asparagus)

barbecued asparagus with baby red onions

June 2010

Asparagus - June 2010

We got some baby red onions at our weekly farmers' market. We sliced them in half to go with a good shot of fresh Ontario asparagus.

baby red onions - June 2010
baby red onions - June 2010baby red onions - June 2010
baby red onions - June 2010

After washing the asparagus well, we drizzled both asparagus and onions with olive oil.

Asparagus - June 2010

And then into the barbecue wok they went to get beautifully caramelized.

Asparagus - June 2010

Just before serving them (with barbecued chicken and oven roasted potatoes), we drizzled the asparagus and onions with balsamic vinegar and garnished them with fresh thyme leaves. (Here is more barbecue wokked asparagus.)

Asparagus - June 2010

to blog from OUR kitchen:
It's asparagus season at last! ~ asparagus and baby red onions (real food) ~ Steamed Asparagus with Butter and Lemon ~ 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) ~ Grilled Asparagus and Grape Tomatoes ~ Use ALL of the Asparagus for Asparagus Risotto

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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