Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, February 3, 2012

The Proper Way to Serve Asparagus . . .

One of my collections is old silver serving pieces.    I'm always on the hunt and always feel that I've found a treasure when I unearth a piece that I don't have at a flea market or antique mall.

Collected over the years are these pieces . . .

Left to right:   asparagus fork, asparagus tongs, individual asparagus tongs

All for the serving of asparagus.    Those Victorians -- a piece for everything!

A plate of asparagus with a pair of tongs to eat with!

Would we want to eat asparagus with a fork -- no!    Tongs are the way to go and they're made so that the tongs hold the asparagus nicely.

I've a set for four.    Asparagus makes a great first course and the tongs are certainly a conversation starter!

Asparagus and silver

There are serving tongs as well as an asparagus fork.    I must admit that I'm not an asparagus fork purist for I often use it for other things especially when I have a cocktail party.    It's a big wide fork and can handle a variety of appetizers.

My favorite way to fix asparagus is roasted.    A drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper and into a 400 degree oven until it is "al dente".     We don't like limp asparagus!

Breakfast doesn't get any better than this!

One of our most favorite ways to serve asparagus is for a lazy weekend breakfast with perfectly scrambled eggs and crisp bacon.     With pots and pots of coffee!

It's Friday and I'm joining Michael at Designs by Golllum for Foodie Friday and since I'm showing off my "Asparagus Tools", I'm joining Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday


Carol at Serendipity said...

I love unusual serving pieces. We are going off with friends tomorrow and I always keep my eyes open. I am looking for a sardine server/fork. I just love the different patterns and designs and they are small!


Bookie said...

This was so interesting! I had no idea this food had its own tool...nor that one could cook it in the oven. My day starts with new ideas!

Dixie said...

those Victorians... they had a tong for everything didn't they!!

Pondside said...

I love old serving pieces too. It is permissible to eat asparagus with one's fingers too, if they are neither limp nor covered in butter. Can't wait for asparagus season!

Blondie's Journal said...

These are unusual and new to I will be on the hunt for these as well as other serving pieces I am looking for.

I always cook my asparagus on the stove in a little seasoned water. I will try your method, it looks so good!


Unknown said...

Thnks for sharing! Love AspAragus , never had it at breakfAst Jo

Suzanne said...

So interesting. We love asparagus. Wish I had the serving tongs!

Rattlebridge Farm said...

I loved this! I'll be looking for an asparagus server. I noticed your photos on the sidebar-- we could live in the Cotswolds? Did you visit Stow-on-the-wold?