One thing you will know about myself already is how passionate I am about Seasonal Food and I don’t care how many times I will repeat myself in saying this. I feel very lucky to live in Britain and what amazing seasonal produce is all around us. Of course I also try my best with this subject in my own Kitchen Garden.
One seasonal Vegetable that I yearn for at this time of year and I am totally honest when I say I will NOT touch it grown from any other country but Britain, and that My readers is the Sexy, Slinky Asparagus. I know I am quite a frugal Queen, but I don’t mind a little splurge with this!
There is just something about the taste of our British Asparagus that is NOTHING compared to other countries who grow it. Ours has a lovely Sweet, yet Earthy and Nutty taste, not to mention the Lovely Vivid Green colour that it gives off.
This year, the British Asparagus season starts today, Thursday 23rd of April but prior to this, and this is just how passionate I am about seasonality. I decided that Myself and my fiancé would travel all the way over to the Wye Valley, Ross on Wye to be precise to get my hands on the very first few bunches that were starting to be sold. My friend Ben Jackson called this “Mental Asparagus searching” which I like that!
So to kick start off my Asparagus recipes, I wanted to do something very Easy, Fresh and clean cut, not to overpower the taste. This recipe just hit the nail on the head. You may remember about 3-4 weeks ago I made my own “Sun-blushed” tomatoes, well I decided to use those in this recipe but of course made a fresh batch last week. It worked a treat!
Bruschetta with Asparagus, Soft Cheese & Homemade “Sun-blushed” Tomatoes:
– Good Quality bread. I used Multigrain Rye bread. Sourdough would be great too.
– Good Quality British Asparagus, Mine was from the Wye Valley
– Homemade “Sun-blushed” Tomatoes or bought
– Soft Cheese or a mild Goats Cheese
– The oil that the “Sun-blushed” tomatoes sits in
– 2 tbsp Rapeseed oil
– Ice and cold water in a bowl
* Take a Large Bowl and place in some Ice cubes and cold water
* Boil a small amount of water in a large saucepan
* Take your Asparagus and take off the bottom, the woody stalk end with a knife. About an inch.
* With a Veg/potato peeler, peel ever so slightly down about an inch 1/2 of the top layer of asparagus skin at the bottom. You will see this reveals a lovely bright vivid green.
* As soon as you have done this, plunge the Asparagus into the Iced water, this will keep it that vivid green colour.
* Slice your bread and drizzle some rapeseed oil onto the bread. place in a Frying pan to colour each side
* Once your Water is Boiling, plunge your asparagus and cook for roughly 2-3 minutes depending on size.
* When Bread and Asparagus is cooked, Start to assemble your dish and voila! A lovely starter, breakfast, Lunch…the List goes on!