Sunday, May 7, 2017

Beautiful Day in the Swamp

It is a beautiful spring day here in the swamp, temps in the 70's, though they're threatening us with a 97 for later in the week.  Mac is out working in the yard, cutting back bushes and cleaning the front of the house.  I'd told him I'd be out too, but my allergies are driving me wild so I stayed in and cleaned instead.  His allergies are acting up too, but he just keeps going.
Fixed something new yesterday, The Low Carb Diabetic posted a recipe for Asparagus done with sliced almonds, butter and Manchengo cheese. They're always posting great recipes over there.  This one looked so good I had to give it a try and except for having to substitute Pecorino Romano
for the Manchego I used the same ingredients and it was fantastic.  Definitely one I'll keep in the rotation for summer meals.

To go with it I fixed Raviolis in a tomato/meat sauce.  I didn't make the Raviolis, but I did make the sauce and together they were great.

Here's their recipe for the Asparagus:
Serves Six
36 asparagus spears
140g unsalted butter
100g whole blanched almonds (or toasted pine nuts if preferred)
juice of 1 lemon
50g best-quality Manchego cheese (or a vegetarian hard cheese could be used)

1. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and plunge in the asparagus. Cook for 2-3 minutes, drain, then leave them to sit somewhere warm.
2. Next, put the butter into a cold pan with the almonds. Carefully heat it up, watching that the butter doesn’t get too dark. When it just turns golden brown and is beginning to foam, remove from the heat and pour in the lemon juice to stop the cooking.
3. Arrange the asparagus onto 6 serving plates and spoon over some of the brown butter and almonds. Shave the cheese with a peeler, scatter over and serve.

From an original BBC Food recipe

The flowers are from the garden, hope the heat doesn't do them in this week.


  1. That recipe looks lovely, I'm a big fan of the Low Carb Diabetic blog, Jan posts some wonderful recipes and I've tried out quite a few.

  2. What pretty plates you have! The food looks good too.

  3. Pretty Glads. The food looks good! Wish I had an asparagus patch.

  4. Glad you are having a cooler day. The heat must get very wearing. The asparagus recipe sounds delicious. B x

  5. The asparagus sounds wonderful! I love asparagus at this time of year. -Jenn

  6. Love asparagus, it is probably my favourite vegetable. I love mine wrapped with parma ham and grilled for a few minutes. Hope your allergies will be under control so you can enjoy the outdoors. x

  7. Love Asparagus. I have a hard time cooking it because I eat it raw.
    This sounds very good.

    cheers, parsnip

  8. I love asparagus so it will definitely be a recipe I will try. I like mine wrapped in ham and covered in cheese sauce and then grilled, very tasty.

  9. Looks like a good recipe for warm weather. Must look for similar on the BBC site too:)

  10. I fancy having a go at the recipe - have copied it for future use. Love your plates, they are so pretty.

  11. We probably won't hit 70 all week. Your Glads sure are pretty:)

  12. this is a wonderful and healthy recipe..

  13. The food looks tempting and served on those pretty plates just perfect for warm weather on a busy day. Those gladioli look cheery.

  14. So pleased you enjoyed the recipe ... and thanks for the link.

    Your flowers are gorgeous, I love the colours.

    Hope your week is going well

    All the best Jan

  15. I like simple recipes with not a whole page of ingredients. And I like nuts with veggies so I think I will have to try this one. i love this weather, too. We've gotten a lot of jungle clearing done while it has been cooler.

  16. The asparagus looks delicious! I have to go google Manchengo cheese now.


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