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.
Mmm, some of life’s best pleasures are the simplest!
I love asparagus and duck eggs!
Hello from Santa Barbara. Here, in California, our markets do not regularly have duck eggs? We need to check a local ranch? Gorgeous asparagus spears! Interesting post. Best, s
I totally agree Kavey. One of my guiding principles is buy good ingredients and cook them simply.
I love your pic taken in the spring sunshine.
Guy Watson says in the Riverford Farm Cook Book that the asparagus season starts 1 May – but starting on St George’s Day sounds right (and memorable too!)
Please do visit my take on asparagus!
what a result
middle picture is my favourite
with the yolk almost spilling over
simple is good
Hello S. Stockwell! Duck eggs can be hard to find here as well, which is a shame as they’re so delicious. I got mine from London’s Borough Market, but some of the supermarkets are stocking them now which is good.
Hi RealFoodLover – I think it is really about 1st May, but the marketing people probably thought St George’s Day would be a good fit this year 😉
Eat Pictures – thanks again for the inspiration!
thanks for the asparagus prep list! i usually roast the soldiers as i had trouble with timing the water bath! but soft-cooked eggs–still working on my aversion to sushi-chicken 🙁
delicious & fab photo's Julia!
That looks so lovely! Must check out the market for some asparagus.
Beautiful photo of a tasty looking lunch!
I was just in my garden taking some pics of some of the asparagus that is started to come up. Of course I had to take a quick sample of some of them. Oh so good and can’t wait for them to be fully ready.
I love dunking them in soft boiled eggs too. Never had duck eggs and I don’t know if I could really find them around here. Is there a distinct difference between them and good chicken eggs?
I could eat that right now!
I just love asparagus and had my first of the year today. Lovely pictures as always!
Two of my favorites..asparagus and eggs. Never had a duck egg though, only the standard, barn yard chicken. Looks great.
Hi Jeff – duck eggs have larger yolks and they’re richer than duck eggs. I love them.
Thanks everyone for your comments.
Hey … perfect – I might do it with my my crazily overpriced asparagus from borough today. Nice pic btw.
Your asparagus reminds me of a dish H. Fearnley-Whittingstall created in one his shows. The twist was to serve the egg with some drops of cider vinegar and a knob of butter in the liquid egg yolk. With the asparagus solidiers you simply mix your own sauce hollandaise in the egg.
nice photo….nice egg….nice asparagus……