Hello Spring! A new season means new fruits and veggies to play with. Since I try to include foods more frequently when they are in season, I have a habit of making a quick list on my phone of in-season fruits and veggies so that when I’m at the grocery store I know what to focus on. It’s hard to only eat in-season and what is in-season changes from region to region, but I still think it’s important to try to make an effort to pick foods that are more likely to be fresh and local, which generally means they are in-season.
This is what’s on my list for spring:
Artichokes, asparagus, baby lettuce, cherries, new potatoes (not something I eat often), peas (snow, sugar snap and garden), radishes, rhubarb, scallions, spinach and strawberries.
This recipe is a great way to celebrate spring and eat one of my favorite spring veggies: asparagus! I’ve always loved the way asparagus comes apart when you bite into them along their length. They have such an interesting texture, woody yet juicy. They taste fresh and like earth. Asparagus also have the reputation of being an aphrodisiac. I’m not sure about that aspect but I wonder if it might have to do with its ability to support fertility owning to a high folate content (half a cup of cooked asparagus has about 134 micrograms of folate.)
This is just a basic recipe, feel free to add or subtract as you wish. I topped mine with hot sauce but if you do dairy you could try a plain yogurt, maybe mixed with some spring onions and pepper.
Asparagus, 1 bunch
Eggs, 6 beaten
Bacon, 3 large thick slices
Oil or fat for roasting and greasing the dish (you can use olive or avocado oil, or butter, or whatever you prefer)
Goat cheese, optional
Salt and pepper, to taste
Time (prep and cooking): 45 min
1. Pre-heat the oven to 400°. Cut the asparagus in pieces (whatever size you like), drizzle with oil and roast in the oven at 400° for 10 minutes. After the asparagus are done drop the oven temp to 350°.
2. While the asparagus are roasting, cut the bacon into small pieces and cook in a small sauté pan until crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel until ready to use (if you are ready to use them right away you can skip the paper towel.)
3. Coat a round 9” oven-proof dish in fat (I used butter.) Place the roasted asparagus in the dish and top with the bacon pieces. Top both of these with the beaten eggs. You could them sprinkle some goat cheese on top at this point if you want. Salt and pepper to taste.
4. Cook in the oven at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy!
Do you love asparagus too? How do you like to eat them?
Other recipes that I’m excited to try: