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day 2503: documenting the first harvest of asparagus!

day 2503: documenting the first harvest of asparagus! I.

odin and i gave his mother a camera for mother’s day, but i think there’s a little confusion over just whose camera it is! but he has good instincts – when i said it was time to go pick our first harvest of asparagus from the family garden, he asked to wait a minute and ran inside and grabbed his, er, her camera 🙂

day 2503: documenting the first harvest of asparagus! II.

i’m impressed with his ability to manage the camera and the plate while composing the shot 🙂

here’ a little video he shot while picking the first harvest.

and less than 20 minutes later it was being enjoyed at the dinner table.

garlic scape asparagus cream soup

garlic scape asparagus cream soup!

i’ve received lots of requests for the garlic scape asparagus cream soup i mentioned in the social intertubes the other day.

well, here’s the almost embarrassingly simple, yet supremely delicious recipe.

wash a half dozen or asparagus stalks and throw them in a boiling pot of water. toss in some of the usual herb suspects, sage, rosemary, thyme, etc and some salt and pepper. maybe a bay leaf or two. add a tablespoon or so of garlic pesto. boil until the asparagus is tender – perhaps 6-10 minutes. blend well with one of those hand blender thingies. a regular blender would, of course, work just fine.

add corn starch to thicken the soup, about 1 tablespoon per cup of liquid soup. pre-dissolve the corn starch in half a cup of water and add to soup which has been brought back to a boil. keep boiling for a few minutes, then turn to low heat.

and now, for the most important step: stir in an indulgent amount of organic valley heavy whipping cream.

listen to me, this is no time to get all “all things in moderation” on yourself. experiment a little. i think i added something like 8 oz of heavy whipping cream for 6 cups of soup. but who knows what i really added, i was getting a little delirious at the smells coming from the soup pot.

seriously, if you make garlic scape asparagus cream soup without organic valley heavy whip? you’re doing it wrong.

add asparagus tips for a little texture.


( and bring on the asparagus urine in 3..2..1.. )

on the topic of asparagus and urine odor.

i have come to the conclusion that the world is roughly divided between those who think that asparagus affects the odor of urine and those that have no idea what you’re talking about.

actually 78% of people have no idea what you’re talking about. according to scientists who study this sort of thing; almost everyone produces and excretes the odiferous metabolites, but only about 22% of the population have the genes required to smell them.

i am one of those 22%, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying the harvest from the garden 🙂