Thursday, May 22, 2014


It will be a couple of years before the asparagus seeds I planted result in any edible spears.  Until then I anticipate the harvest and hope that there are at least a couple of bunches of fresh asparagus left at the market by the time I get there in the morning.  Thankfully today there was, along with some lovely baby leeks.

1 bunch organic baby leeks
1 bunch organic asparagus
2 cloves organic garlic, sliced
2 sprigs of organic fresh thyme
healthy drizzle of organic e.v olive oil
conservative drizzle of organic red wine vinegar
sea salt
organic fresh ground pepper

Method:  Preheat oven to 400*.  Remove the tough ends from the asparagus and put in a large bowl.  Wash the leek and then trim both ends of the leeks and then remove one or two of the tough layers from the outsides.  Bring a small pot of salted water to boil.  When ready, remove the pot from the stove and then immerse leeks in the hot water for 3 minutes to blanch.  Remove from the water and drain very well.  Once drained, add the leek to the pot and sprinkle in the fresh thyme, garlic slices, some sea salt and pepper.  Drizzle with the oil and vinegar.  Toss gently to coat in oil.  Spread the vegetables in one layer in a pan, and pour any remaining marinade from the bowl on top.  Broil in the oven for about 10 minutes, watching carefully that the leeks don't burn.

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