Nothing says “Spring” more to me than asparagus. The fresh green spears make an appearance a lot earlier here in Spain than in the UK but I still wait until Spring to buy them. I bought some this week for the first time this year and wanted the first of many asparagus dishes to be a simple celebration of this unique, delicious vegetable.
The Washer Up is working with someone who keeps ducks & chickens at the moment and he, very kindly, gave us some duck eggs to try. I have eaten a duck egg once before, it was on top of a salad I ordered in the restaurant in Harvey Nichols in Leeds (those were the days)! They have a slightly richer, creamier flavour than a normal egg but nothing to be scared off. I’ve never cooked with duck eggs before so I thought a simple soft-boiled duck egg would sit very happily on top of my grilled asparagus. Eggs also represent Spring, rebirth and new beginnings so perfect for my first days of Spring brunch.
I really can’t call this a recipe but here is what I did:
Soft Boiled Duck Egg & Grilled Asparagus Brunch
serves 1, vegetarian
- 1 bundle of fresh asparagus
- 1 duck egg
- extra virgin olive oil
- lemon juice
- salt & pepper
- shaved manchego or parmesan
- toasted brown bread (if you like)
Carefully put the duck egg into boiling water and then turn the heat down to medium high. Boil for 6 or 7 minutes depending on the size of your duck egg. Cut off the woody ends of the asparagus and put into the boiling water with the egg for 2 or 3 minutes.
Preheat your grill to hot and place the blanched asparagus on a sheet, drizzle with olive oil, salt & pepper, roll to coat evenly then put under the grill for a few minutes to brown slightly. Rolling to cook the other side half way through.
Toast your bread if using. After 6 or 7 minutes drain the water out of the pan and run the cold tap over the egg in the pan until cool enough to handle. Roll the egg gently on your counter to break the shell and peel the egg.
Transfer the asparagus to a plate with a slotted spoon, drizzle with little more olive oil, squeeze over some lemon juice and place the egg on top. With a knife cut into your egg to reveal the soft centre, season the egg with salt & pepper and then finish off the dish by shaving over some manchego or parmesan. Butter your toast and serve on the side.
Enjoy the first days of Spring in pictures taken while walking the dog…
Rufus in the Spring…!!
Our lily at home….
Ya es Primavera!!