Fresh from the garden it is an entirely new vegetable, one that demands new ways of preparation. It is too delicate to withstand the traditional blister and char treatment. Even oven roasting is too much. Mostly we eat it raw~ tossed in salads, sliced into a slaw or barely warmed in a mixed veg stir fry. It is so delicious that i become greedy, waiting to harvest the spears until the very last minute. My greediness leaves me with little margin for error. A miscalculation of a single day means the tightly furled tips will fling themselves open and the tender spears will begin to gird themselves in a woody sheath.
Last week was windy and cold and windy. Did i say windy? It put me in a bad mood which made me forget for two days that i was greedy for more asparagus. When i finally remembered and braved the
This is what i came up with.
Saute one sliced leek and maybe half a clove of garlic in butter or olive oil. When tender add chopped aparagus stalks and enough water to cover. You could use broth but i think it masks the taste of the vegetables. Simmer until asparagus is tender. Run contents of soup pan through a food mill. You could use an immersion blender but i don't like woody bits in my soup, even if they are very small. Reheat soup and stir in two or more big spoonfuls of whole milk yogurt. Adjust salt and pepper. Garnish with tender, well behaved stalks of asparagus, thinly sliced. Dust with grated Asiago cheese and serve.
Sorry, no picture. The soup was gone before i could find the camera. Good eating on a cold, windy day ; )
Asparagus is a perennial. After the initial bed preparations and planting are complete it can give you several harvests a year for very little effort. Steve Solomon writes about starting an asparagus bed from seed in his "Gardening When It Counts" that makes real sense for Hawaii gardeners due to the shorter time to harvest (and the high cost of shipping!). Asparagus is also fairly salt tolerant so it can be grown in coastal gardens. If you have been thinking about growing some asparagus for yourself check out the new 'Asparagus in Hawaii' link in the sidebar.