Wednesday, 20 May 2009

In praise of asparagus

I've been woefully late eating asparagus this season, but finally bought a Worcestershire bunch in Waitrose yesterday (sorry Hampshire, it has to be from one of the three counties). I knew I wasn't eating it at its best, ie minutes after it's been cut, but my word it was good. I had mine with scrambled eggs (very similar, I discovered today, to Jane Grigson's recipe for aparagus and buttered eggs) and scoffed it down before I remembered to take a pic. I've got a few spears left for tonight, so I think I'll make a Greek-inpsired asparagus and feta pie, with some feta I've got left over from the beet rissoles and a pack of filo pastry that's lurking in the fridge.
Everyday on my walk home to the tube, I pass Trinity church on Marylebone road. If you look carefully, you can see four asparagus-like shoots pointing up from midway up the tower - I've always assumed they're asparagus but I've never investigated. Maybe I should.

4 comments:

goodshoeday said...

How did you manage to resist for so long we are 3 weeks into the season - I've already eaten several kilo at least ;)

fran39 said...

Sheer idiocy, goodshoeday! Won't be repeated next year...

ian said...

Looks like a delcious recipe. I agree asparagus should be from those parts - Vale of Evesham is best apparently. How interesting about the asparagus church. Will have a look.

goodshoeday said...

I think Vale of Evesham have just marketed themselves better and they usually get the first due to micro climate. Rather than region I think its best when you can get it as close to picking as possible and from where you are in London a trip out towards Cambridge/Suffolk would get you some really really fresh stuff at farm shops. Keep enjoying lots more for the next few weeks!