Monday, May 2, 2011

Election, Watches, Telephones.

If you are a Canadian, don’t forget to vote today.

So - Osama bin Laden is dead!

Matt was watching golf on TV on Saturday and one of the commentators kept mentioning the watch worn by Bubba Watson one of the young golfers and commenting how much it Golf Watchwas worth. I decided to look it up, apparently the watch cost $525,000 and was made especially for golf and for him. As commented in the article I read, you can look at how pretty it is and consider it is worth more than anything you will ever own. How very true. I cannot imagine why anyone would want such an expensive watch, and it would have to do something really spectacular for me. Like maybe play golf for him LOL

This has been written in advance as today we will be at the polling station from 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. One thing I am not happy about, don’t remember it before, is the preponderance of phone calls from various political parties and candidates this year. We pay for a phone so our friends can contact us or we can use it for all kinds of reasons, we do NOT pay for it so that politicians or advertisers can reach us. Luckily, the advertising is more or less non existent any more, but not the campaigning. Apart from anything else, it a “secret” ballot.

If I am very lucky, one day soon, asparagus will be ready to pick. Matt is sick of me talking about it so now I daren’t say a word. Meanwhile here is an interesting asparagus recipe for those of you, like the English, who already have fresh asparagus.

Asparagus Salad Topped with Poached Eggs

From EatingWell: March/April 2011

This asparagus salad topped with poached eggs is satisfying yet light, making it a nice option for lunch, brunch or even dinner with some crusty bread. Roasting brings out a toasty flavor in the asparagus. We like this salad with medium-set poached eggs so the yolks are still a little runny, but poach your eggs for the full 8 minutes if you prefer hard-set yolks.

4 servings Asparagus Salad Topped Poached Eggs


2 bunches asparagus (about 1 pound each), trimmed

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided

Zest of 1 lemon

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon minced shallot

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

4 large eggs

1/4 cup distilled white vinegar

1 7-ounce bag baby arugula (about 10 cups)

1/2 cup thinly shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (see Tip)

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Toss asparagus with 2 teaspoons oil and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large bowl. Transfer to a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast, stirring once, until very tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon oil, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper, lemon zest, lemon juice, shallot and dry mustard in the bowl. Set aside 4 teaspoons of the dressing in a small bowl. # When the asparagus is done, set aside to cool while you poach the eggs.
  4. When the asparagus is done, set aside to cool while you poach the eggs.
  5. Break each egg into its own small bowl. Fill a large, straight-sided skillet or Dutch oven with 2 inches of water; bring to a boil. Add vinegar. Reduce to a gentle simmer: the water should be steaming and small bubbles should come up from the bottom of the pan. Submerging the lip of each bowl into the simmering water, gently add the eggs, one at a time. Cook 4 minutes for soft set, 5 minutes for medium set and 8 minutes for hard set. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the eggs to a clean kitchen towel to drain for a minute.
  6. Toss arugula with the dressing in the large bowl. Divide the salad among 4 plates. Top with asparagus and a poached egg and drizzle with 1 teaspoon of the reserved dressing. Garnish with cheese.

Per serving : 239 Calories; 18 g Fat; 4 g Sat; 11 g Mono; 217 mg Cholesterol; 9 g Carbohydrates; 13 g Protein; 3 g Fiber; 360 mg Sodium; 534 mg Potassium

1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 1/2 vegetables, 1 1/2 medium fat meat, 2 fat

Tips & Notes
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the dressing (Step 3) for up to 1 day.
  • Tip: To make shaved cheese for topping salads or pasta, use a vegetable peeler to thinly shave slices off a block of hard cheese, such as Parmigiano-Reggiano, Asiago or Pecorino Romano.

Have a great day


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