Thursday, May 23, 2013

Supper, Sleep Clinic, Windows.

Last night I decided to make the Asparagus and Endive salad Asparagus & Endive Saladwhich I posted the day before, I even remembered to take a picture of it. Once we had dug in I thought of a better way I could have posed the picture, oh well, keep saying I am no photographer. Wed both enjoyed it and I can now really recommend it. The orange of the dressing really complements the ingredients. Endive can be a little bitter, but with the asparagus and orange, it is great.

Yesterday was also bowling day. I had lots of fun again, but I can’t say I bowled very well. My excuse was having had a sugar low before we left home and I was still feeling shaky (what was my excuse last week I wonder). One of our friends, who had previously gone through the same sleep treatment which I am going through now, asked if I had seen the article in the paper about the doctor at the sleep clinic, we don’t take the paper, so I hadn’t. Apparently he is being accused of incompetence which is very reassuring. Even the College of Physicians and Surgeons is involved which makes it even more serious. I am not sure the accusation is anything which affects my diagnosis, at least I hope not. Friday is when I go to the CPAP supplier to get fitted for my machine.

We were informed late yesterday that the workmen would be coming in the morning to install 3 new windows. The frames are somewhat rotted because this is an old building, I guess tomorrow they won’t be.

Asparagus and lobster, two of my most favourite foods, what combination could be better?

Asparagus and Lobster Crêpes with Fines Herbes Hollandaise Sauce

1 lb asparagus, ends trimmedAsparagus Lobster Crepes
Cooked meat of 1 large lobster, or 2 lobster tails (about 1 1/2 lbs loster before cooking)
sprinkling of salt plus 1/2 tsp.
Fines Herbes
2 Tbs white wine vinegar
1/4 cup water
3 large egg yolks
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened and cubed
2 Tbs lemon juice
white pepper to taste
1 Tbs fresh tarragon, finely chopped
1 Tbs fresh chives, finely chopped
1 Tbs fresh chervil, finely chopped.

1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
2. In a large pot, steam or boil asparagus until just tender, about 10 mins, cool under cold water, drain and set aside.
3. Coarsely chop cooked lobster, set aside
4. Prepare crêpes.
5. Divide the asparagus into 8 separate bundles. Place a bundle in each of 8 crêpes, sprinkle with salt and roll to enclose. Place asparagus in a glass baking dish, top with lobster and cover with foil. Just before serving, and no sooner, place in heated oven for 15 mins to warm through.
6. In a small saucepan over medium high heat reduce (boil) vinegar, water and 1/2 tsp salt until approximately 3 tbs remains, remove from heat.
7. Lower heat to medium-low, add yolks to pan and return to heat, whisking constantly until foamy and lightly thickened. Make sure not to scramble eggs; if the eggs begin to cook too quickly pull off the heat and whisk vigorously to cool slightly before continuing.
8. Begin to whisk butter into pan 1 cube at a time. Once all the butter is incorporated, whisk in lemon juice, white pepper and fresh herbs. Use immediately.
9. Place two asparagus crêpes on each plate and top each with some of the warmed lobster. Spoon hollandaise overtop, serve immediately

Servings: 4
Source: Food and Drink Spring 2010

Author Notes
If preparing this for a dinner party, the asparagus, lobster, crêpes and vinegar reduction can all be prepared beforehand so that the only thing left to prepare is the hollandaise. Make sure to use a good quality butter so that the hollandaise has great flavour.

Have a great day


  1. I'd be real leery about going back to that clinic!

    1. The doctor doesn't work at the place I am going to for the CPAP machine.

  2. Im sure youve already tried the cpap during the study but it takes some getting used to strapping in like Hannibal Lechter goes to bed. Overall I used it for a few years with great results. I had a palate deformity that I had corrected so no longer use it but it was a godsend when I did. I think its pretty difficult to screw up a cpap so Dr or no. Be cautious but I wouldnt worry too much if you find it gives you some relief. Good Luck!

    1. Not yet Zoe, do that on Friday. They say the newer machines are smaller, don't know yet. The doctor is at a different place, two different companies I think although possible the doc gets a cut from the cpap people.

      I do hope it will help everyone seems to think it helps them.

  3. I love bowling but I'm terrible at it. I think I only broke 100 once, lol!
    Anyway, I'm also a fan of asparagus. I've never tried mixing them with endives (I'm a little less excited about the bitterness of the leaves)but seeing how they are in season right now, I think I'll give it a try. And the Asparagus and Lobster Crêpes with Fines Herbes Hollandaise Sauce sounds amazing. In fact, anything with Hollandaise sauce is amazing. (:
    Hope the doctor accused of incompetence isn't connected with your treatment in anyway.

  4. I assume you only did 10 pin bowling. Don't know about France, but 10 pin is all they have in the UK. 5 pin is, IMHOP, a much better game.

    The bitterness of the endives is counteracted by the dressing and it really is very good, we are having it for a second time as I had more endive to use up.

    Unfortunately, this is the doctor who is overseeing my treatment, but as he appears to be connected with all the sleep clinics in the area, I don't know where else one could go. Should check with my family doctor I guess.

  5. All truly great competitors have excuses rehearsed ahead of time. Always. :)

    1. That should make me a great competitor then, right?