Roasted with balsamic and olive oil.
Wrapped in bacon and grilled.
In a salad.
With bits of pancetta sprinkled on top.
Stuffed inside of brioche.
I don't recall ever having it in my childhood.
I can't remember having it in my early adult hood.
I think I've narrowed it down to a 10 year window.
Which had me wondering why the heck was I spending so much time trying to figure out the first time I had asparagus. I should just be happy that I found it.
It's funny, there are some things that I can remember my first taste of as clear as day - creme brulee, steak au poivre, prosciutto wrapped scallops. I am not sure why the mind remembers some experiences and not others.
This week's asparagus soup was a nice complement to the Tuesdays with Dorie assignment Savory Brioche Pockets - the pockets used the tips of the asparagus; the rest of the asparagus was used to make a half batch of soup. Waste not, want not - right?
I didn't totally follow the recipe (I know, try to contain your shock) - leeks and shallots were sauteed together until they started to turn golden. I (heart) leeks - throw them in anything and I am happy. Asparagus bottoms, water and seasonings were added in. Everything was simmered together and then pureed just before serving.
To serve it, I ladled into small cups from a tea service that I brought back from China. A swirl of creme fraiche was stirred in at the last minute. Simple, earthy, good.
On the book front, it's been a busy couple of weeks: After a couple of months on the library wait list, I finally was able to check out Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn) - weird, but liked it. Listened to Where'd You Go, Bernadette (Maria Semple) on audiobook - it was good, but I am not sure how I felt about the narrator; I haven't decided if I like audiobooks or not.... I am in the middle of Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (Anne Tyler) - an okay read, but a little bit slow going. I also read A Week in Winter (Maeve Binchy) - it was a quick read; I liked it, but wanted the ending to be better developed.
Up next: And the Mountains Echoed (Khaled Hosseini) and Inferno (Dan Brown).
In other news, Runner Girl is back home for the summer. Culinary Kid is finishing up her school year. And I need a nap...
This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie.