Asparagus Season

It’s asparagus season – yippee :-)  We have some very good asparagus farms near here so it is a vegetable I have never grown myself as I know the farms cut it and sell it each day so it is fresh, fresh, fresh.  Which makes it delicious.

I didn’t have breakfast which was not my intention but I had an incredibly busy morning, sorting out the car, a trip to the hairdressers and ferrying Harvey around.  So fuelled by tea and coffee alone I kept going until lunch time.

I enjoyed my first asparagus of the season with a slice of ham and 2 fried eggs.

lunch asparagus2 perfectly fried eggs actually.
eggs, ham and asparagusSo good I practically licked the plate.asparagus and egg In the afternoon I snacked on an apple with some Gruyere.  This looks like a lot of cheese but it is a very small plate.apple and Gruyere In an attempt to get us all back on track with healthy eating I prepared a bolognaise sauce for next weeks dinner.  One of my favourite vegetables is tenderstem broccoli but unfortunately that enthusiasm was not shared by everyone in my family so I have to limit what I serve in each meal.  I chopped the stems up and added them to the bolognaise sauce.tenderstem broccoli chopped The base of my bolognaise sauce had tenderstem broccoli stems, red pepper, carrots, onion and mushrooms.  I added minced meat and tomatoes and then simmered it very slowly for a couple of hours which makes a very fully-flavoured sauce so I am looking forward to that next week.  I caught Harvey eating it twice which is a good sign.veg in bolognaise For dinner tonight we had brown Basmati rice with stir fried veggies (pak choi, spinach, broccoli tips, onions, red pepper and mushrooms) and king prawns.  I cooked the veggies with garlic, a splash of Nom Pla (fish sauce) and Tamari soy sauce and served it with lots of coriander.  It was a popular meal with us all.

stir fried prawns, roce and veg

Out in the garden the peas I sowed 2 weeks ago have finally germinated and are growing well.Peas germinated The first of the climbing French beans have also begun to emerge from the soil.climbing French beans In the greenhouse the Cosmos I sowed last weekend is beginning to appear.Cocmos seedlings The tomato seedlings are beginning to look like tomato plants – I have so many so if anyone local wants any Pomodoro plants please let me know.tomato seedlings in coir The first real leaves on the cucumbers plants are beginning to grow.cucumber leaf The Copper Beech’s leaves are growing too – one of my favourite trees.  I am very pleased with my little corner of the garden.  I find it beautiful to look at and a constant source of wonder and excitement (and occasional frustration).Veg garden This lovely clematis my cousin gave me is still in full and lovely bloom.White clematis I am off to relax with a well deserved large glass of Merlot from Bordeaux – cheers!Merlot Bordeux

 

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Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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4 Responses to Asparagus Season

  1. suzjones says:

    Yum! I wish I could disguise vegetables in bolognese sauce but my Tween manages to find it every time.

    • We used to have this ridiculous conversation.
      Son; “does this have vegetables in it?”
      Me; “it has tomatoes”
      Son; “they are a fruit Mummy. Does it have vegetables?”
      Me; “No ” (barefaced lie)
      Son; “what is this green thing?”
      Me; “oh that, looks like broccoli – how did that get there? Well done for putting vegetables in your dinner”
      Son; “I didn’t !!!!! What is this orange thing?”
      While we are discussing what is or isn’t in his dinner he would be eating it anyway and now he doesn’t even bother asking.

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