Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Spring asparagus: cooking clean

spring asparagus
This is going to be a very complicated recipe. Very. I might need to have a reference list and youtube demonstration to accompany the following series of steps. Ready? You sure? Okay, here goes.

Buy asparagus now. In spring. Preheat oven to 450. Wash asparagus well, trim, and lay in single layer in baking dish. Squeeze one Meyer lemon over asparagus. Season with a little salt and pepper, and bake in oven for 15-20 minutes. Done.

You still with me? Sweet. That's clean cooking. Or what I've been reading about lately, as defined as clean cooking. Simple, pure, and the best ingredients. I see my friends over at The Little Red Bike Cafe have been reading the same book I am. The Meyer lemon? Smells like both an orange and a lemon (because it is), and this is the perfect place to use a little Fleur de Sel de Guerande finishing salt and some Ashanti black pepper. (More on those two in another post.)

Super simple, and super good this time of year. Eating seasonally actually tastes better.

P.S. Thank you to Slashfood, for making this delish asparagus Food Porn Daily!


Anonymous said...

Nice shot and idea. I love cooking asparagus in a high heat oven. Also, they are fun to grill.

Unknown said...

Asparagus is one of my favorite things about spring. And Meyer lemons are so fantastic and cute that I took a picture of one the last time I bought one.

Anonymous said...

that is my favorite way to cook asparagus and I do it often--I never thought of the Meyer lemon though. GREAT idea, I can't wait to try it!

Autumn said...

Yum! I will be trying this today!