Happy Monday World! Today's post is all about one of my favourite vegetables in the world! Its great for you, super versatile and is currently in season...
Can you guess...
Is related to onions & garlic (Lily family)..
Aside from North America - China, Peru & Mexico are some of the top suppliers...
Present day is still harvested by hand...
Last hint: It makes your pee smell (roughly 20-40% of population cannot smell it)...
A couple weeks ago I was invited by our friends (Toronto) Foodies on Foot to join the #Asparabus tour. This included a media bus which brought us to Norfolk County to enjoy a day of asparagus farms, lavender farms & a lunch prepared by future chefs that was oh so good! As if this wasn't enough we were sent home with 11lbs of fresh Ontario asparagus to create some tasty culinary inventions! I decided to do something raw & something cooked to highlight the ingredient without losing its delicate flavour! Super simple & nutritious for you to recreate at home!
Here's a recap of our day & my new recipes! Mmmmm.
|Where the magic happens: trimming, bunching and packaging.|
|The star of the day: ASPARAGUS|
|Shared selfie with Asparagus!|
|Asparagus grow in individual little rows. Can be harvested every 2-4 days and will harvest for up to 15 years!|
|The bluest of skies!|
|Ready to take home or ship to stores! We went home with a box each! Eleven pounds of goodness!|
|Oh so pretty - last years lavender (doesn't harvest until late summer)|
|Lunch is served: Mixed local pork bbq, variety of asparagus dishes & rhubarb desserts!|
|Mmmm so much beautiful & local food!|
|My plate: YES I eat a lot!|
|All natural lavender shop: I bought bug repellent, soaps & body lotion!|
|Obviously I had to bring some lavender & cider home for Josh & I!|
|The smell! Oh so delicate and fragrant!|
And now for some new & delicious (modest right) recipes!!
Spring Goddess Salad
Yeilds 2 mains or 4 sides.
1/4 cup of pure maple syrup
|Shhhhmancy Sloppy Joe's with Walter All-Natural Craft Caesar BBQ sauce!|
|Pretty little things ready for the oven!|
|Updated cornbread without all the bad stuff!! Feel good about feeding your family these!|