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Gourmet on the Go!
When not slaving away with only Twitter and mad dog for company, I occasionally have a 'life.' This usually entails cooking for friends, trying far too many wines, and the occasional entire day out. I will post my ramblings, recipes and recommendations here on the 'Gourmet on the Go' blog. Hope you find something of interest!

 

April 13, 2011

British Asparagus Season is Here! Try this Great Recipe…

Filed under: Food & Drink Recipes — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — gourmet-on-the-go @ 1:11 pm

asparagus-season-is-hereDue to the unseasonably warm weather, the British Asparagus season has started early!  To celebrate this short season, buy the best of local asparagus from some of our listed farm shops in Essex.  You cannot beat the fresh from the field flavour.

The following recipe is a great sharing dish or tapas/starter dish for four. You can either create separately in small ovenproof dishes, or in one big dish to place centre table and just dig in.

The piquant, sweet and fruity piquillo peppers work wonderfully with the spicy paprika punch of the meaty chorizo, rich duck eggs and tender full flavoured asparagus – a fabulous contrast of flavours and textures.  This dish is a real treat and very simple to make…

Baked duck egg with chorizo, piquillo peppers and asparagus recipe

 baked-duck-egg-chorizo-piquillo-peppers-asparagus-recipe

Serves 4 as a starter or lunch/supper dish.

Ingredients

  • 8 large English asparagus spears, trimmed and ends peeled
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 piquillo peppers from a jar, drained and finely sliced
  • 150g chorizo skinned and finely diced
  • 4 duck eggs
  • Sea Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 160?C/gas 3. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and cook the asparagus spears for 2 minutes. Remove from the boiling water and refresh in cold water to stop the cooking process.
  2. To assemble, grease a large ovenproof dish with some extra virgin olive oil. Add the piquillo peppers, asparagus and chorizo, arranging the ingredients evenly. Crack the duck eggs on top of the mix, keeping some space in-between each. Season well with salt and pepper, and then bake for 15–18 minutes or until the chorizo is cooked, the egg whites are set and the yolk is hot but still runny.  (Alternatively you could divide and cook ingredients in four separate small dishes.)

Serve with fresh crusty bread.

Enjoy!


April 23, 2010

Local Seasonal Asparagus – Where to Buy and Recipe Ideas

Filed under: Celebrations & Events,Food & Drink Recipes — Tags: , , , , , , , — gourmet-on-the-go @ 12:02 pm

Local Seasonal Asparagus - Where to Buy & Recipe IdeasToday is a day to herald and celebrate much that is British.  It is of course Saint Georges day, where as a nation we celebrate our patron saints slaying of a mythical dragon, even though it is doubtful  St George ever laid foot on our green and pleasant land.  William Shakespeare was also born on this day in 1564.  The ‘Bard of Avon’ is of course one of the greatest and most acclaimed English writers. 

Still, all of that aside, if you want cause for real celebration, welcome in the new season asparagus!   The British asparagus season is short, only around 8 weeks.  Being as our Asparagus is considered by many to be the very best in the world, it is time to savour the wonderful flavour and buy your asparagus now.

Asparagus is best eaten freshly picked.  As asparagus ages from field to shop, the natural sugars turn to starch, negatively affecting both the flavour and texture.  So, buying from a local farm shop is your best bet to assure you of prime, fresh and delicious asparagus.

Asparagus can be cooked in a multitude of ways; blanched and griddled, steamed, boiled or roasted.  These wonderful, tender spears are excellent just eaten on their own with melted butter, hollandaise sauce, aioli, or a tasty vinaigrette, or cut them up and add to stir fries, pasta dishes, tarts, quiches, risottos, and the list goes on.

Here are some local farm shops that will be stocking the best of local asparagus this weekend and the coming weeks.  I have also included a few recipes to whet your appetite. 

Essex Asparagus – Where to buy the best

Blackwells Farm Shop, Coggeshall   – will be stocking Asaparagus from this weekend, sourced from local farms and growers in the area.

Calcott Hall Farm Shop, Brentwood – will be harvesting their own Asparagus crop which will be available in their farm shop this weekend.

Lathcoats Farm Shop,  Galleywood  – have started to harvest their own Asparagus, now available in their farm shop.

Sarah Green’s Organics Farm Shop,  Tillingham – will harvest their own organic Asparagus available in their farm shop as of today.

Asparagus Recipe Ideas

Classic Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce

Warm Salad of Samphire, Asparagus and Crab

Chargrilled Asparagus with a Parmesan and Lemon Mint Butter

Crab and Asparagus Linguine with a Parsley and Lemon Butter Sauce 

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