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Asparagus to the Rescue

I thought I could get quite a few blog posts prepared yesterday for later publishing, whilst traveling on a 7 hour flight across the Atlantic.  Unfortunately I didn’t factor in the non-Wifi issue.  Usually on domestic flights in the US Wifi is available but not sadly on a British Airways NYC-London flight :(.

So quite a while later & after much harumphing, I remembered I had some notes on my laptop to write a post about asparagus (who-hoo :)).  So here it goes:

When I was a kid, I think asparagus was only ever reserved for when guests came for dinner or for when grown ups ate in posh restaurants.  Certainly not for the hoi-polloi.  However in recent years, asparagus has become much more popular and affordable which is really good because it’s a) completely delicious and b) extremely good for you.

Asparagus contains fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells.  All this from 1 vegetable?  Pretty good.

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A few weeks ago my daughter Izzie saw these amazing bunches of asparagus in the local market and took a cool photo of them.  Kinda look like tall trees in a forest right?

I cook asparagus very simply, usually by grilling them, tossing them first in a little EVOO* and seasoning and placing on the grill for about 8-10 minutes until nicely browned and a little soft.

In this picture, below I actually pan-fried them (drizzled first with a little EVOO and then some seasoning) with some tomatoes for a great accompaniment to salmon fillets (also very good with tuna).  In addition you use them to bring an extra element to a salad or partner them with grilled chicken or even eggs for a quick lunch or supper.

*EVOO = Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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Pan fried Asparagus with Tomaotes

3 comments

  1. A few years back I encountered the word “EVOO” for the first time on a blog and it sounded amazing, so I embarked on an epic search for this mysterious, multifunctional ingredient! I couldn’t find it anywhere! Well…it was quite the head-smack moment when I realized it was extra virgin olive oil 😀 so two thumbs up for explaining the abbreviation for the EVOO newbies out there! And now I must dash out for some asparagus because this looks so delicious.

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