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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Freshly cut

I'm writing this little blog post to test out the Blogger iPhone app . . . fingers crossed!

This evening I cut asparagus for our supper, I used the asparagus knife that's been in our family for three generations. It's cut a lot of asparagus!

I think a number of crowns are missing from our asparagus bed . . . in the winter I'd seen small burrows along the side of the raised bed - I suspect hungry mice have eaten them. But the remaining crowns are healthy and the spears are plump and sweet :-)

There is nothing as delicious as freshly cut spears of home grown asparagus!

Celia
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20 comments:

  1. Clever app and very nice knife :-)

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  2. Oh, I didn't know there was such a thing as an asparagus knife! I use scissors to cut mine! We love our asparagus bed, this is year three! So it's established !!!

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  3. Hi Su.. it is! would've been great to use for PPP5-live.

    Hi Ocean Brezes - but then you're not a Fen Tiger ;-) I used a long serrated knife before inheriting the antique implement.

    Celia
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  4. Yum. Eaten with eggs from your chooks by any chance?

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  5. Yummm... I will one day have a few of my own asparagus plants. Meanwhile, I'm going to look for it at the next farmers' market.
    Hope you enjoyed your asparagus - it does look lovely in the photo.
    The antique knife is fabulous. A great little heirloom - and just a bit "different" - what fun!

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  6. Yes Annie... in a 5-egg frittata :-)

    Hi Lizzie - best start as soon as possible with your asparagus as they take 3+ years before you should really pick some. And that knife is a Fen-woman badge of honour!

    Celia
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  7. I am very impressed by your mastery of the Blogger App and deeply envious of the asparagus knife, using old tools is so incredibly satisfying.

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  8. Hi Poshyarns - I'd sort of given up with trying the Blogger app as it didn't seem to work. But I re-synched everything while sorting out some new music and it seemed to have re-set the apps :-) Give it another try.
    And yes, the knife makes cutting asparagus even more special.

    Celia
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  9. That is the most gorgeous garden tool! How lucky it's stayed in the family for so long, and that each generation still has asparagus to cut. It's not asparagus season here yet, and my bed is too young to harvest, but I'm eagerly awaiting it at the farmstands.

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  10. Thank you Terry. I think my Gran would look on my tiny patch of asparagus and wonder why I didn't plant 10 times as much!
    I've just come back from the shops... the local supermarket has piles of bunches of asparagus ... all imported from Peru!

    Celia
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  11. How exciting! I must try and grow some for next year. My parents had huge beds of it when I was growing up and I miss it. What a wonderful tool that is, unfortunately no heirlooms in my family!

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  12. Hi Nice Kind of Blue - Oh yes, do try to grow some... but it's a long term project and only really starts to crop well after the 3rd year. Worth the wait though!

    Celia
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  13. Every year I think I must plant asparagus and then I'm put off by the three year wait. But of course if I had planted it when I first thought of it I would be eating it by now!Very impressive looking knife!

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  14. Hi Gina - Exactly! Asparagus was the first thing I planted in the veg plot when we moved here. I could do with filling in the gaps with new crowns. I think the knife handle was once a saw, don't you?!

    Celia
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  15. I have Sparrow Grass envy! And old tools envy...

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  16. I'm not sure I like asparagus - it tastes too - green, same with artichokes. But I can understand the thrill of growing it yourself - especially when it is so expensive to buy and comes from the other end of the earth.

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  17. Bravo to you, Celia, both on the mastery of the Blogger app, and also on that wonderful tool for asparagus harvesting.

    I had asparagus with my chicken and rice dish tonight, but know that my asparagus also was part of the Peruvian crop you saw at the shop.

    Still...it was yummy.

    xo

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  18. Nice job, even with a picture! I need to try this. How cool to have that knife and something to use it on. Enjoy - Paula

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  19. Oh blimey, asparagus takes too long to grow to lose it to mice, the cheeky little wotsits!

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  20. Hi Toffeeapple - look out for some locally grown asparagus.

    Hi Elaine - freshly picked, home grown is so sweet and tender - I'm sure it would convert you.

    Hi Paula - Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment :-) I MUST over to your blog again, it seems to have slipped off my reading list.

    Hi Dottycookie - the ups and downs gardening!

    Celia
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