Friday, May 10, 2019

Air Fryer. Asparagus, Steamer Basket,

I started off trying to find who exactly makes the Toastmaster Air Fryer. I haven't managed to solve the problem yet because I was being picked up to go to Mandarin. Matt said he couldn't manage it so our friends took me instead. I took Matt some Egg Rolls and Spring Rolls which was just as well as he had slept right through lunch!! He then ate them, a granola bar, an apple and a banana. He sure can eat and he never gains an ounce.

Next I went and picked up the car and went to the grocery store to pick up our order for the day. Whilst waiting I phoned the asparagus farm.  They had some for me and I had to be there before 6. Took the shopping home and lugged it upstairs. Discovered that my new steamer basket had arrived, then went over to Barrie's Asparagus Farm and bought a bag of the lovely green stuff and two gorgeous tomatoes - great for making salads with. I also have a can of Hearts of Palm and a good recipe for a salad with asparagus..We had some with our supper tonight but tomorrow, I will have time to do them properly.

So, busy day. Still got to find out who makes/repairs air fryer as it is cutting off at about 3 minutes for some reason, and not every time. Eventually opened my new basket too, checked it for size and it fits OK. Not terribly big of course, but then I have a 3 qt. On the comments page when I bought it, someone said the legs weren't long enough. Actually it doesn't have legs, has a rim all round it so I inserted it and chucked in a cup of water. Its fine. Stays below the basket. Yesterday, without the basket, I cooked up a load of chicken bones and veg and the result is a gorgeous jelly which I still have to deal with. I was glad to have leftovers to use for supper.

Now I'm not sure whether to use the large tomatoes or the grape. Decisions, decisions. I also only use white wine vinegar, don't keep the red.

Asparagus Salad with Hearts of Palm and Cherry Tomatoes

1 bunch of asparagus, steamed
1 can of hearts of palm
1/2 pint of cherry tomatoes, cut in half
2 green onions, sliced
1 small shallot, diced
1/2 lemon, juiced
1.5 Tbs red wine vinegar
1.5 Tbs white wine vinegar
1 tsp gluten free dijon mustard
6 Tbs olive oil
salt & pepper to taste

1. Cook asparagus til al dente. Chil in ice bath or cold water. Chop into bite sized pieces cut diagonally. Place in large bowl. Cut each stalk of hearts of palm into 4 pieces and then each into 1 inch pieces at a diagonal.  Add to bowl.  Add your halved cherry tomatoes.  Add in sliced green onions.  Add in chopped shallots.

2. In a separate bowl, add in vinegars, mustard and a pinch of salt. Slowly pour in olive oil and whisk to emulsify.  Add in pepper and adjust ingredients to desired taste. Pour dressing over salad and mix.  Add lemon juice as desired.

3. Serve into bowls and enjoy!

4. This recipe would go great with some anchovies on top!  Also, if you can find jarred hearts of palm, please use those instead of canned!  Unless labeled, cans can be lined with BPA (toxic!!).  But some brands, like Native Forest, guarantee that their cans are BPA free so do some research before buying your canned foods.  Can also substitute hearts of palm with artichoke hearts!

Servings: 3

Source: Food for Rabbits

Have a great day


  1. I'm so glad to see you have fresh asparagus! I love fresh garden tomatoes. We just planted ours yesterday, but they probably won't be ready until August.

    1. So m I Liz. I wait from one year to another to get the stuff. We used to plant tomatoes years ago but we were always on vacation when they were ripe!!

  2. Your air fryer isn't that old - shouldn't be having issues like that so soon.

    1. I finally got hold of the right company Alex, Select Brands, and they are replacing it. U was surprised but delighted.

  3. Replies
    1. Nice to hear from you Pinky. Been trying to get in touch with you. Totally unable to comment on your blog. My emails get no response.

    2. I was having the problems commenting on your blog, Jo, until I changed my browser. I have to use Chrome or the comments don't show.

    3. Yes, I read that Helen, but it didn't seem to work for me for some reason.

  4. That sounds yummy. We have to wait months before fresh asparagus is available. I still have some in my garden only just dying back after summer.

    1. I used to have an asparagus bed in England Helen, once the season was over I used to use some of the ferns for flower arrangements.

  5. Fresh is always best! And I'm sooo glad you finally got your asparagus!!!