Sunday, June 03, 2007

Vegetables of the season

Each season brings us a bounty of wonderful foods and I particularly love eating asparagus! Living in Holland, the white asparagus is the thing to eat and I prepare it according to the traditional method used in the south of Holland. I decided to buy some green asparagus this weekend though and created a pasta with it. We enjoyed our meal outside on the patio and had some wine we brought back from The Alsace. We had a delicious Pinot Gris with this meal.

Here is the recipe:

Cut up 8 green asparagus stalks (4 per person). Cut off the tips and set aside. Cut up the remaining stalks and place in salted, boiling water for 4 minutes. Be sure to use a large enough pan as you will add the pasta to this water later. After the 4 minutes, add enough tagiatelle (noodles or pasta of choice) to the water for two people. Boil for a further 6 minutes. In the meantime, mix 2 egg yolks and about 1/3 cup of half and half. Add the asparagus tips to the boiling pasta and stalks and boil for about 2 to 3 minutes. Drain the asparagus and pasta. Cook a sliced green onion in olive oil in the same pan and then add the drained pasta/asparagus, mixing well. Add a bit more olive oil and then stir in the egg and cream mixture being sure it coats the pasta. Add shreadded cheese (either Dutch mature cheese or parmasan) and again mix well. Place on the plates and top with a bit more shreadded cheese and freshly grated black pepper. Enjoy your meal!

For dessert, we had chocolate mousse clouds. Place chocolate mousse on a plate and top with whipping cream. Surround the sides of the mound with the whipping cream and then sprinkle with chocolate flakes.

Finish any good meal with a great cup of coffee or espresso and a small block of very dark chocolate. As we say here in Holland.....eet smakelijk!


Anonymous said...

Now everyone who reads your blog
will know why i LOVE to come to
stay with you and Jos. What a great cook this girl has become.
We had a champagne brunch when we
were there last.
Love you Heidi,

diane said...

Usually I am very excited and enthralled with stitching pictures, but you have taken my breath away! I want to come live with you and you can make this ALOT!!! HA HA, well, I'll clean up after, how's that? Fantastic dishes and displays! No wonder your mom is so proud!

Lynda said...

Heidie, can I come to your house for dinner?? Please??? This looks delicious! Asparagus is a favourite of mine too and we're right in the middle of asparagus season. I think I might use your recipe for dinner tonight ... I'll let you know how it turns out!

2miaou said...

wonderfull meals that you prepare, miam, miam!

the pinot gris wine is that you can drink with each meal, but the last years, in Alsace, we drink "Muscat" with asparagus! this 2 are going together very well!

Nancy said...

Heidi you have prepared such a beautiful meal, and it sounds so delicious! When Diane gets homesick and moves out can I move in?


Espresso Girlie said...

I would love to come and visit. You don't have to cook, but I would so love to sit at that lovely table and just soak in the view and savor that lovely cup of coffee (though I adore espresso) and we can just chat away the hours.


Anonymous said...

Wow, what fantastic food. It's food for the gods....and to finish with really dark chocolate..yum! Gallin orexsin as we say in Cyprus :>)
Yassou Angela