Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Cauliflower and Asparagus

Made some vegetable dishes tonight that I had been wanting to try.   I liked them so much, I thought I would share them.  If you like curry, cauliflower and easy, this one is for you.  It's from the April issue of Eating Well Magazine. 
In this three ingredient recipe you coat a whole head of cauliflower with a mixture of 1/2 C mayonnaise( I use Veganaise) and 2 Tbl of curry paste.  Cover it in a microwave safe bowl and cook on high 6-9 minutes.  Let it stand covered for 2 additional minutes and then serve.  You can use any type of curry paste.
  Here is Parmesan-Crusted Asparagus.  We are a big fan of asparagus, in any form, and while there are a few steps to this, it really doesn't take long.  This recipe is from the April/May issue of Cooks Country.  First clean and trim 2 lbs of asparagus, then use a fork to poke holes in the stems.  Sprinkle 1/2 tsp of salt on asparagus and let rest on paper towels for 30 minutes, this draws out the moisture.

With a mixer:  Beat 2 large egg whites whipped with 1 tsp of honey until foamy (2-3 minutes), then toss the asparagus into mixture to coat.
Combine 1 Cup Parmesan, 3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs, 1 Tb melted butter, 1/4 tsp ea salt and pepper and a pinch of cayenne.  Dredge asparagus one at a time and place on greased foil covered baking sheet. Bake asparagus  in a 450 oven until just beginning to brown, 6-8 minutes.  Sprinkle with 1/2 cup additional Parmesan and continue to bake  until golden, 6-8 minutes. Enjoy!


Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Crocus are up

It's hard to believe that 17 days ago I was sitting on a plane at Denver International waiting for our turn at being DeIced.  My point is, it was snowing.  For the past week Denver has had temperatures around 70 degrees.  It sure gives me the gardening bug. 
Thankfully my first spring flowers are up, the ever true, Crocus.  Spring doesn't officially begin until next week, and while I really want to wrap my thoughts around the notion that spring is here, I've seen winter creep into May in previous years, so I'm going to hold back on the belief that this is an early spring. (Even though 49 of the 50 states are reporting that it is.) 
This week I have spent a lot of time, getting the garden beds ready. Trimmed the grape and trumpet vines,  but still have the wisteria and honeysuckle waiting for me.  Hey, a little at a time. 
This is my new 7' by 7' trellis that we built for the clematis that needed a much bigger home.
I've planted lettuce seeds and several other cool weather veggies, that will be able to tolerate the April snow, if it comes.  I still worry for the fruit trees, they are showing signs of beginning to bud, and late season snow would not be kind to them.
I won't say it in my outdoor voice, but I am very happy that it appears spring is in my immediate future.