Finally, at long last, and no thanks to the winter weather, I got some fresh asparagus from the local farm. The season is approximately Mother's Day to Father's Day and I look forward to it every year and phone Barrie's Asparagus almost daily, when it is close to the time, to see if they have any yet. Yesterday, I went and got about $10 worth so guess what veggie we had for supper last night. Matt is not as crazy about asparagus as I am, but I will eat it by the ton for the next month I love it so much especially when its this fresh. One of the things I most like about getting it fresh, no stalks to break off, you can eat every single bit. I know a couple of people who eat it raw while driving home from the farm, not for me thank you, especially bearing in mind what it is grown in, if you don't know, I won't tell you. I like to wash mine before I eat it and cook it too preferably. I did try it raw once but wasn't particularly impressed with it. I like mine boiled with lashings of butter, however, due to diet restrictions these days, I mostly settle for Butter Buds which I buy in the States when I am there. For some reason they are not available in Canada. I buy the pots and sprinkle them on my asparagus. Low fat, low cal. My friend always prefers to roast her asparagus, but I don't enjoy them so much that way. Straight from the fields it is so tender and juicy with big fat stalks. It cooks in an instant and is delightful to eat. Do you get the feeling I like asparagus?
One thing I usually make at this time of the year is asparagus pesto. It freezes well so makes a useful starter at any time of the year or no doubt you could use it on pasta. I have never done so, but don't see why not. Depending on your taste.
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Have a great day and a super weekend.