Tag Archives: British Asparagus

Yay! Comfort Food For The Cold Snap

Anyone For Luscious Sticky Toffee Pudding?, Rocking Dog

Anyone For Luscious Sticky Toffee Pudding?

Yay! The cold weather is on its way with the hope that the Noah’s Ark style rain and grey flooding misery will subside. Celebrate a crisp white frost this weekend with warming comfort food.

Simon Hopkinson’s Sticky Toffee Pudding is seriously good and SERIOUSLY calorific! I love the puddings baked in empty syrup tins (the small ones!) Meanwhile crumbles are an easy pudding to throw together and a myriad of fruits can be used. Rhubarb and stem ginger is a gorgeous combination. Chop your rhubarb into 3-4 cm sticks and create a thick layer of fruit in an oven proof dish. Roughly chop two or three balls of stem ginger and sprinkle over the rhubarb together with some of the stem ginger syrup. Sprinkle over some caster sugar before topping with your favourite crumble mixture. Porridge oats or a handful of museli give added texture to the crumble. Apple crumble is always a favourite in our household and the boy loves it particularly if it has a dollop of Dulce Leche under its crumble blanket! Tut,tut! Large white coffee cups make great individual crumble bakers.

All this talk of hot comfort puddings and I have a handful of fresh raspberries ready to be picked in the garden together with some rhubarb. What a mad season! British asparagus is going to be cropping very early and the growers are expecting two harvests despite the cold blowing on in.

Whatever you are doing this weekend I hope it’s happy, you stay cosy and you allow yourself to indulge in hot luscious yumminess!

Apples For........, Rocking Dog

Apples For……..

...Crumble!, Rocking Dog

…Crumble!

Heart Warming Soup, Rocking Dog

Heart Warming Soup

January Raspberries And...,Rocking Dog

January Raspberries And…

...Rhubarb!, Rocking Dog

…Rhubarb!

Gushing Water Everywhere, Rocking Dog

Gushing Water Everywhere

Celebrate The Bountiful Asparagus Season

Pimp The Plate, Rocking Dog

Pimp The Plate

Asparagus, you timely shoot,
You portent of the spring,
Volley through the golden dew,
Pierce your purple blazing sting;
Spear the cloying mud and grass,
Burst them with your mast,
Break into the waking summer,
Brave until the last.

Taken from Ode to Asparagus by Thomas Ironmonger.

Let’s celebrate the sadly short British asparagus season. Last night we feasted on Cod caught off Alderney by a fanatical fishing friend. We roasted the fish in the oven with flavoursome cherry tomatoes left on the vine, black olives, seasoning and a drizzle of olive oil. Asparagus briefly cooked, together with ciabatta (to mop up all the luscious juices) accompanied the fishy dish. Simple and simply delicious!

Spear Plate, Rocking Dog

Spear Plate

Asparagus Crown, Rocking Dog

Asparagus Crown

Cook Me!, Rocking Dog

Cook Me!