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Saturday, May 18, 2013

I went to the farmers' market again today and wandered around while my daughter went looking in the shops for sandals and accessories.

I scored a nice fat eggplant, over 2 pounds of the fattest carrots I've ever seen, a carton of beautiful oyster mushrooms and some brown button 'shrooms to go with it, some sort of possibly Middle Eastern seafood mix (sold by the guy with the cart full of tzadiki and hummus and other awesome goodness)...and a large bunch of very pretty white asparagus with purple tips.

The eggplant and 'shrooms are joining the garlic and tomatoes I already have for a lunch casserole tomorrow. But...what do I do with asparagus?

I mean, I've eaten it at restaurants before but have never been faced with actually preparing it myself. At while it is certainly perfect enough to eat on its own...what exactly can one do with a bunch of asparagus other than grill or steam the spears to be eaten alone?
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    Oooh! I am so envious your farmers' market is already open :) The one in my neighbourhood starts in two weeks, I think. Can't wait!
    1736 days ago
    I love it steamed with a little mayo. Recently, my husband started grilling it -- brush with a little olive oil and sprinkle with S&P and a little garlic powder. They take about 10 minutes or so on the bbq
    1740 days ago
    I love it raw and steamed. Boilham's idea sounds delicious!
    1740 days ago
    all sound yummy .... check Spark recipes for more ideas.
    1740 days ago
    Dito on the broiling technique with olive oil, a little garlic, sometimes I throw a few squirts of pomegranate balsamic on it...dust with parmesan cheese...just YUM! emoticon
    1740 days ago
    You have some great ideas here. I don't buy it, cook it ,or eat it. I went to the Farmer's Market today too and got delicious donut peaches, blueberries, strawberries and the first tomato and cherries of the season. Yummy!
    1741 days ago
    dont like asparagus all that much, but there are tons of ways to prepare them
    1741 days ago
    Sometimes my asparagus never even makes it to the grill... so good raw...
    1741 days ago
  • MSKIZ69
    Roast them, yummm! Gave me an idea for tomorrow!!
    1741 days ago
    I have grilled it with olive oil and salt and pepper and that tastes great. Just don't over cook it;
    1741 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    I like it in an omlet or a quiche. But I agree my favorite is grilled with a little olive oil and some herbs and then when done just a dusting of Parmesan cheese
    1741 days ago
    I grill it with olive oil and garlic salt.

    Otherwise, think pasta primavera with asparagus and baby peas. Mmm...
    1741 days ago
    I love going to the farmer's market. There are so many good veggies there and even a few surprises, like homemade sausage links.

    There are lots to do with asparagus. Try looking at the recipes in SP. I am sure you will find plenty to try.
    1741 days ago
  • SUNSHINE99999
    roasted veggies are the best. emoticon
    1741 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    I often roast veggies, and it is always my goal to have as many different veggies in the mix as possible, asparagus included. You can always make a simple cream of asparagus by cooking 4 c cut up asparagus in 4 c vegetable broth until done, then blending. Add salt, pepper, a squirt of lemon juice or a shake of anything else you can think of, and you're set. The same soup can be made w cauliflour, broccoli ... delicious, low cal and very tasty.
    Have fun experimenting. I've heard adding the rind of parmesan cheese to any soup adds a lot of flavour ... can't say I've really noticed that, but I read it often so it must be true!
    Take care
    1741 days ago
    My daughter broils it whole, with a sprinkling of olive oil and garlic.
    1741 days ago
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