Today’s French Friday recipe is Asparagus with Bits of Bacon and we decided to go ahead and catch up on the Bacon, Asparagus & Egg Salad recipe that we missed out on last May. It was the best idea and made for a nice lunch!
To sweeten the deal? Asparagus was on sale! We got three bunches for the price of one and I just couldn’t wait to get home and make these recipes!
Here’s the rub – the husband unit works from 3pm – 11pm these days so our original plan was to make these as a side for dinner, but since he isn’t around for dinner I was struggling to find some time that we would make this and that he could be around to enjoy it fresh off the skillet. But then, we got a chance this afternoon, before Mei’s bath and a nice long walk for Patella to have an early lunch all together!
The sun was shinning, Mei had her own little lunch in her highchair, Patella got some bits of bacon off of Mei and we all sat down to enjoy a very green, Spring-y salad! Oh, I should mention that I threw together a really simple roast beef sandwich that we split, just in case the salads weren’t filling enough. I think though that the asparagus would have been plenty – especially since we made both salads and one had a hearty, filling six-minute egg.
The Asparagus with Bits of Bacon Salad was nice, but I didn’t have a lemon in the fridge, so we wound up making it without it and it was missing a little zing, but it was still pretty satisfying!
The Bacon, Asparagus & Egg Salad was our favorite between the two and I have to say that the six minute egg warmed in the bacon fat was amazing! I might be making these eggs for future breakfasts, since it was such a success – but to oblige my husband, I will put it off until after I have given birth. Ugh. Since the eggs aren’t pasteurized here, it’s safer not to eat eggs that aren’t completely cooked through – the reason that I enjoyed eggs Benedict while I was in the States at every opportunity! The vinaigrette that we tossed the greens with was another vinaigrette that we will add to our rotation. In fact, it is getting to the point that aside from Caesar salad dressing, we don’t have any use for buying and prepared dressings since we have such a large repertoire of 5 minute vinaigrettes we can make on the fly!
Have you seen people growing asparagus in their gardens? It is something that we came across over the winter, while we were planning our garden for this Spring and while it is a fabulous idea and something we want to try, we learned that the first year’s harvest is not very good and they dont get very tall, so the second year’s harvest is the best to eat but we won’t be here for two years, so we are going to consider growing our own asparagus at our next home. Would you grow your own asparagus if you could? It makes me think of Scotland for some odd reason… .maybe since all of the pictures I have seen show them in lush, green pastures that are so picturesque like the scenes of Scotland and Ireland that we see all the time? What will you be growing in your garden this year?
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