Tuesday, May 22, 2012


heard here by ella fitzgerald
but i've been playing it on my ukelele all night

Dinner tonight was for adults only, in the twilight, on the porch, after little ones had bedded down. It was a labor of love (small, as it was).  And it was delightfully lovely.  I enjoyed it as much as my husband, who I had in mind during it's inception because he had been out of town for 5 days.

It's nothing uniquely creative, just well executed parts that made a fantastic whole.

Spring asparagus & soft scrambled eggs:

Beat 6 eggs with one teaspoon salt and freshly ground pepper. Add 1/4 cup sour cream. Mix until combined.  Set aside.
Sear lightly oiled and salted asparagus in a cast iron pan.  After 1-2 minutes (depending on the thickness of the spears) add 1/2 cup water to finish cooking the asparagus by steaming. Keep an eye on these; don't overcook.
In a second nonstick pan (my best birthday gift!) melt one tablespoon of butter.  Slowly scramble eggs over med-low heat.  This should take 4-5 minutes.  Your patience will be rewarded.  If you've done it right, they will be like savory egg pudding.

Plate asparagus. Top seared spears with one thick slice of your favorite triple cream cheese. I used Délice de BourgogneIf you can find it, great. If not substitute Brie or some lovely cheese that will melt into the asparagus.  Sprinkle cheese with chopped tarragon.  Top the bottom half of the cheese and asparagus with the soft scrambled eggs.  Season with freshly ground pepper if desired.
Serve with toast.

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