Soft-boiled Duck Egg with Asparagus SoldiersApril 24th, 2009
At long last British asparagus is finally here to be devoured. Yesterday St George’s Day marked the official start of the season, which runs through May and June, and today I had my first, long-awaited taste. The asparagus I had came from Herefordshire in England, and it was absolutely delicious; sweet, juicy and fresh. I teamed it with a boiled duck egg with a soft, creamy yolk to dip the asparagus into and ate it in the sunshine in my garden. What a treat!
To make this really easy dish all you need to do is bring a pan of water to the boil, add the duck egg and boil it for 6 minutes for a soft, creamy yolk. You should really use a separate pan for the asparagus, again bringing the water up to the boil then adding the asparagus once you’ve trimmed the woody ends, then boiling it for about 3 minutes. Remove the asparagus from the pan, cut the top off the egg, add a little sea salt and voilà – a sublime lunch for one.
For more on asparagus take a look at the new UK Food Bloggers Association site – I got my inspiration for today’s lunch from one of the members.