April 5, 2012

Really Eating from the Garden

Our first asparagus of the year!  Roasted with olive oil, salt and pepper - nothing more needed, and it was wonderful!  However, if you should want to do something more complicated and also wonderful, you could try this asparagus, tomato, and feta salad that I made for Easter a couple of years ago.

 Asparagus Salad with Feta Cheese and Dijon Vinaigrette
2 lbs. fresh asparagus
1 garlic clove, minced
1 shallot, minced or 1/8 C minced white onion
1 Tbs. Balsamic vinegar
2 Tbs. white wine vinegar
2 Tbs. Dijon mustard
About 1/2 C olive oil (add until dressing is the consistency and taste you prefer)
salt and pepper to taste
pinch of sugar (optional and depends on your vinegar)
2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped (cherry tomatoes don't need seeding)
1/3 C feta cheese, crumbled

Trim tough ends from asparagus, cut stalks into 2 inch pieces, blanch in hot water or in the microwave, and then plunge into ice water to stop the cooking. You want them to be tender but still crisp. Remove asparagus from the ice water and dry thoroughly by wrapping in paper towels.

To make the dressing, whisk together all remaining ingredients except for tomatoes and feta. You can also make the dressing in a shaker jar or a small food processor.

Toss together asparagus and tomatoes; drizzle vinaigrette over top and mix gently; sprinkle feta over top and serve. Makes 8 servings.

 Not eating from the garden, but eating from the pasture behind us, are two new mares.  They're looking chic in their fly masks here.  Way at the top of the hill in this shot, is the fence for the farmer that has the adjoining farm.  They have a mare as well, and watching them all try to figure out how to get across the fences and field expanses so they can meet each other has been quite entertaining!

A little spring in a galvanized tub.  Our early spring is, in fact, going to give way to some colder nighttime temps, so we may be getting out the sheets and tenting a few things, especially my beautiful lilac bush.

As Easter approaches and we anticipate the arrival of our girl for the celebration, plus a lively bunch on Sunday, the beauty of this spring takes on a much deeper meaning.  As we enjoy the miraculous return to life, the budding, blooming, greening - how can we look and see this God-created world without hearing the message loud and clear?!

Earth her joy confesses, clothing her for spring,
All fresh gifts returned, with her returning King:
Bloom in every meadow, leaves on every bough,
Speak His sorrow ended, hail His triumph now.

1 comment :

  1. I love that lilac bush! And those mares...so beautiful! Happy Easter! Say hi to Em!