IS ASPARAGUS AN APHRODISIAC?

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Tradition says that asparagus is an aphrodisiac, but it’s never had that effect on me, nor on anyone sitting at the same table as me, as far as I could see!

It’s now the asparagus season both here in the UK and in Europe, where the asparagus is white, plump and juicy.

Ours has a tip divided into petals, but the French/Belgian version is solid.

Last week I visited a market and the woman next to me asked the stallholder what to do with asparagus as she’d never tried it! Oh, what she’s been missing all her life!

asparagus2The stallholder told her to boil it, but I totally disagree with him. Boiling it takes out a lot of the goodness, and the flavour too.

Quite honestly, it’s nicer raw! And it’s all edible, even the woody end.

 

I created this dip.

Mix equal quantities of salad cream or mayonnaise with tomato ketchup. Add a squirt of French mustard and mix.

Wash the asparagus and dip it in.

Don’t let any of your guests double dip! That’s my pet hate. They can turn it round and dip in the other end.

 

In France, I had this dish;

Mix equal amounts of breadcrumbs and grated Parmesan cheese.

Dip the asparagus in beaten egg, then roll it in the breadcrumb mix, pressing it down firmly to make the crumbs stick.

Fry in melted butter in a frying-pan for a few minutes until slightly crisp

Yes I know asparagus doesn’t have sides, but you know what I mean! turning it to crisp all sides.

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Last week I had white asparagus in Belgium. Once it was boiled or steamed with a piece of sea bass on top and served with simple boiled new potatoes.

The 2nd time it was cooked and topped with a cheese sauce. Lovely!

 

When we lived in Spain, our neighbours taught me this recipe.

They came from Andalucia but we all lived on the Costa Blanca.

Wild asparagus grows on the mountains all over Spain.

It’s small and thin, and uncultivated.

Hit 4 whole peeled garlic cloves with the side of a knife with your hand on top to break them open.

Fry them in oil with 3 slices of stale bread.

Fish out the cloves and place them in a mortar & pestle.

Run the bread slices under the tap rapidly and add them to the mortar.

Mash the lot well.

In a little water, mix 2-3 tsps paprika, a pinch of cumin and then the washed, chopped asparagus.

Cook gently in a little oil, then add the bread mix.

Serve hot as a starter or side dish.

 

Asparagus soup is simple to make. There are loads of recipes.

The delicate green colour always looks attractive with a swirl of cream on the top of the plate.

Go for butter or marge to cook it as oil can float on the top.

Make it up as you go along, tasting it regularly.

Gently fry an onion until soft. Add chopped asparagus, herbs, a vegetable stock cube, hot water, seasoning, and cook until soft.

Then blitz it and serve with cream or fromage frais.

Feel free to add any other ingredients that you fancy.

If in doubt, look online.

 

Enjoy, and make the most of the asparagus season.

Forget the aphrodisiac legend. The enjoyment is in the eating – but if you look at the photo of the French white asparagus, it does have a certain shape!

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.