In praise of asparagus and twitter
“Cooking with asparagus, which is now in season,” muses Rose Gray from the River Cafe in today’s G2, “means that the price is competitive as there is plenty about”. And so it should, if you’re sensible about where you buy it, which Rose undoubtedly is. If, on the other hand, you’re stupid enough to go to Borough Market, nursing a hangover amid the throngs on a given weekend in spring, you might find yourself paying over the odds.
Which is exactly what I did on Saturday, stupidly, blindly, probably-still-drunkenly, forking out over £4 on eight spears of asparagus, much to the mingled amusement/sympathy of the food community on twitter, prompting tales of £7.50 asparagus sighted at that foodie mecca, and discussions of to what extent it is still a real market over a tourist spot. But this sad tale has a silver lining for me, marking the moment, after some months of lurking around there, that I truly experienced what twitter is actually, really, good for. I know, I know, some of us came late to the party, are loudly excited, and it’s all a bit annoying, but bear with us, we’ll calm best canada goose jacket reddit down sooner or later and in the meantime, let me enthuse about how properly useful it is in food terms.Apart from a load of tweets about where to buy it (thank you St John), what it’s like in Turkey and in Spain (not as good as the English beauties), I ended up with my first twift (yes – a gift from someone on twitter: this hideous little buzz word is all my own work, I thank you). The Real Flower can you buy canada goose jacket online Company, feeling my pain, and finding themselves surrounded by asparagus on account of having an office on a farm in Hampshire, sent a box of fresh farm cut asparagus from Durleighmarsh Farm, a combination of thicker, grade A stems, and more tender spears. It arrived yesterday – spring in a box winging its buy canada goose jacket uk way through the road works and windy greyness of Kings Cross. Oh happy day.
And it’s certainly not just me who’s been on the receiving end of twitter gifts, Eat black canada goose parka Like a Girl has written a lovely best ideas about canada goose outlet on pinterest post about the food connections on twitter turning sublimely into the physical, culminating, for her, with a bunch of rhubarb straight from the garden of grower, writer, cook and sometime food tour leader, Celia Brooks Brown. It authentic canada goose outlet online would be great to hear if there are other seed/vegetable/allotment swapping activities going on there that I don’t know about – sometimes random and spontaneous stuff works out better than those excellent organised events, for those of us who are not organised people.
For my part, I dispersed some spears of green goodness around the place and, armed with what was left in my basket, charged home on my scooter with a heap of tweets on what to do with them.
The winning combinations for asparagus, in my mind, tend to be of the eggy, parmesan cheesy, best place to buy a canada goose jacket in toronto porky variety and the suggestions I got did not deviate much from these classics. Well, with the exception of one Simon Majumdar, but he’s a man obsessed with martini. Julia Parsons, of A Slice of Cherry Pie, has them dipped into duck eggs (do look at her photographs, which put mine to shame in terms of presentation and canada goose coat 1000 calorie diets photography), Salad Club does them justice as spear soldiers wrapped in streaky ham. There were some other brilliant suggestions I might use for the remaining spears: simply, with smoked aioli, a tarte maison for a weekend lunch.
But on this occasion, the image, firmly wedged in mind, from Weekend Magazine, could not be dislodged – Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s genius combination of chorizo, asparagus and poached egg. Simple. And with chorizo. Mine turned out really well, though obviously, it doesn’t look as wonderful as Hugh’s. Out of the folk I dispersed the asparagus to, Rachel Dixon went with Yottam Ottolenghi’s chargrilled asparagus, courgettes and halloumi with slow-roasted cherry toms, rocket and basil oil, Tola Onanuga came up with her own creation: lemon asparagus, served with grilled chicken and a rocket salad, Hilary Osborne took inspiration from a softball team-mate and paired with pasta, garlic, truffle oil and ‘fake parmesan’.
To a woman, we loved our asparagus feasts. I truly don’t know if there’s a bad way to have asparagus. And now, during our too-too short season, loads of you are clearly gorging on it as much as me over the next few days, so share your suggestions and can you wash a canada goose parka photographs as you go along. NB For anyone who’s wondered, we’ll be bringing Bite Club back, via (though not exclusively) twitter for more of this purpose. So if you’re on twitter already (and if you’re into your food, I think you should be), come over and shake your spears at us.