Fresh asparagus out of the back garden... Not enough to sell yet, but enough to make me very, very happy!
There's nothing like fresh asparagus. Dave cuts it twice a day, about seven inches tall, a wonderful plot of delicious healthy green-ness! And the tenderness of it when it's fresh and short like that, is nothing like you find in grocery stores where that extra three inches of height simply makes for a "woody" part that needs to be cut off. And that's a lot of money to pay for something you're going to throw away!
We roast it. We grill it.
To do either of these, drizzle olive oil over the asparagus in a bowl or pan large enough to "roll" the spears, sprinkle it with seasoning (I like the Kissed by the Sun pepper and herbs, but any great spice blend will do!) and roast at 350° until it's starting to look possibly burnt... Oh, delicious! I do the same thing on the grill, but after I drizzle and shake the seasoning, I lay the spears out perpendicular to the grate of the grill and roast it over an open fire...
Delicious! And to throw some of that roasted asparagus and maybe some roasted corn over a salad.... Oh my stars, that's a new high right there!!!
I steamed it this time because I have a sinus infection, I'm kind of whiny, and I wasn't going to stand in the rain to grill it.
To steam asparagus, I use a frying pan with just the bottom covered with water. Lay your asparagus in the pan, cover, and give it a medium heat. Cook until just tender. I was working on my Zondervan novella for next spring and I FORGOT they were on so mine got a little overdone.
But it was so delicious...Melt in your mouth.
And I get so excited when asparagus season comes around because I know rhubarb is coming on its heels.
My rhubarb plants are ready for first harvest...
My morning sky on Monday looked like this:
But until then, them thar rabbits are under deep freeze lock and key! :)
We're under a severe thunderstorm watch tonight, and I just watched live coverage of a tornado in Ohio, the next state over....
Spring brings such a collision of elements, a tempestuous roller-coaster ride of temperatures, storms, color and hope. I love it....
Of course with little kids around all day, mostly we have muddy clothes and wet sneakers.
But you know what?