Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Social Distance Chat, Asparagus, Grass, Drive,

Buttery puff pastry, creamy brie, roasted asparagus, and sweet honey all come together in this simple, asparagus and brie puff pastry. These pastries are great for a Mother's Day brunch

Well, I just attended a little social gathering with a couple of friends in the building. We all happened to be in the lobby at the same time. So we had a little chat, the three of us, standing a good 6 ft. apart and the Super came past us twice, right through our distance!! Funny man. One friend said her neighbour died (no not from the virus but from falling) and she came to my wing to let my neighbour know and got shouted at by the woman at the end of the corridor who told her in no uncertain terms to get back to her own f****ing apartment. Some people are so nice!! Forgot to say, whilst I was downstairs, I got a dry cough and I was worried everyone would think I was sick.

Doesn't look like asparagus will be available this week after all. I spoke to the farmer today and he was talking about possible frost tonight and snow at the weekend. Not on my weather forecast. Possibly frosty tonight at -3°C but no snow on any forecast I looked at. Oh well, I guess it will be ready when it and the weather decide it is ready.

They are actually cutting the grass today, first time this year as far as I know. I don't remember hearing them before and much to my surprise, they didn't start til 8 this morning, the usually start at 7. I wonder if that will be the same all year or whether it is just that it is still pretty cool in the early morning.

We actually went for a drive today, it was a beautiful day. However, I intended to call at the liquor store on the way home - I forgot, they close at 4 these days. Twice I've missed out now. One day I will get some more fizz. Don't really need it til the weekend. I was very surprised just how much traffic there was today though, more than last time I was out. I thought people were supposed to be staying home!!!

Well, it will soon be time so here is an asparagus recipe. Must say I had forgotten this one, must get me some puff pastry.

Asparagus and Brie Puff Pastry

1 Tbs Thyme, fresh leaves
1 Egg
1/4 cup Honey
1 Kosher salt and pepper
1 pinch Red pepper flakes
1 Tbs Olive oil, extra virgin
2 sheets Puff pastry, frozen
8 cut into slices 8 ounces brie
2 Tbs Butter, salted
1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed
1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt and pepper
2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
8 oz brie, cut into 8 slices
1 egg, beaten
1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup honey
2 Tbs salted butter
1 Tbs fresh thyme leaves

1. Preheat the oven to 375° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Toss together the asparagus, olive oil, salt and pepper.

3. Roll the pastry sheets out on a floured surface and cut into 8 squares. Place a piece of brie on each square and then add a handful of asparagus. Take 2 corners of the pastry and wrap up and over the asparagus to enclose (see above photo). Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining squares. Brush each pastry with egg. Transfer to the oven and bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

4. Meanwhile, melt together the honey, butter, and thyme in a small saucepan over low heat.

5. Serve the pastries warm, drizzled with thyme honey and crushed red pepper. Enjoy

Yield: 8 pastries

Source: Half Baked Harvest

Have a great day, stay safe, stay well


  1. Nice that you got to go for a drive. Sorry about the death.

    1. Yup, it was nice to get out Ivy. Thanks.

    2. It is. I was able to get to Aldi on Wednesday (I had the car), and it was fun.

  2. I coughed while on the phone with my son and he got concerned. Geez, talk about overreacting. May get snow here Thursday or Friday. Cool today. I've mowed four times already. Trees are finally leafing out.
    On the death side, eleven nuns died at a local convent. The article was all about the five who had the virus and it made it seem like the other six deaths were just a footnote to the story.

    1. Well, it shows he's worried about you. Hope we don't get snow.

      That is typical reporting isn't it Denise?

  3. There is getting to be more traffic here. People are ready to get out. Our stay at home expires Friday and the governor has a 3 step plan for reopening - just hope he has the guts to follow through.

    1. Yes, I think people are "breaking out". Guts, Diane, he might be doing it too early anyway.

  4. We've had frost danger a couple of times the last few weeks. Tough to get the veggies started growing. Lots of people showing their rudeness during the lock down. My sons who are still working complain all the time about how much traffic there still is.

    1. I don't want frost and/or snow, asparagus doesn't like it Susan. On the other hand some people are showing their kindness and generosity.

  5. That recipe. Oh that recipe. Mmmmm.
    I do hope you get to make it soon.
    Glad you got a drive - and a little socially distant intereaction. And a big sigh at the 'niceness' of some people.

    1. Yup, Mmmmm Sue. Couple of weeks to get the pastry. Not into making that myself.

      It was nice driving. Some people are very nice.

  6. I was looking for local asparagus yesterday, Jo, but was unable to find any. Sobey's had Peruvian asparagus at a ridiculous price, and the stems were like tree trunks, so I eschewed the pleasure. For dinner we had chicken and a delicious Greek salad we made five minutes before we ate it, and strawberries and vanilla yogurt.

    1. Well Barrie's should be open on Monday with any luck David, weather permitting. I don't eat asparagus from anywhere but there. It is delicious. Strawberries, they must have been imported. I remember strawberries for which we did NOT need sugar.

  7. oh my gosh - that asparagus pastry sounds gorgeous ... don't seem to be doing much but eating these days and need inspiration .

    1. Good for the weight all this eating Fil. Hope ou can get some nice asparagus. If you can find a local grower!! Watched your concert the other day, enjoyed it very much.