This is one vegetable that I don’t eat often at all, I’ve never cooked with it so for this first time I kept it quite simple
Cook the asparagus and cut off the inedible part of the stalks. Place the tips in a vegetable dish and sprinkle with finely grated Parmesan. Pour over the melted butter, to which salt and pepper has been added, with 1tsp lemon juice to every 2 tbsps butter.
The book gives a bit of an over complicated way to actually cook the asparagus. Says you first tie in bundles with all the heads together and place upright in a saucepan of boiling salted water. Boil for 10 mins then lay them flat and continue cooking for a further 10-15 mins. Or you can lay the bundles in the bottom of a saucepan with the heads pointing in the same direction and have one side of the pan off the heat so that the heads are in the cooler part. Well the packet of asparagus I bought simply says to boil for 4-5 mins, I didn’t want to over cook it so that’s just what I did. I think the book recipe is assuming you don’t have prepared spears, as it does also talk about scraping the white part off.
It doesn’t give actually quantities, except for the ratio of lemon juice to butter. I was just making this for myself for lunch so used a small bunch of asparagus, small handful of cheese and reckon was about 1-2 tsps melted butter, so I just squeezed in about a quarter teaspoon of lemon juice.
I really enjoyed this, I don’t know what put me off asparagus, but I will definitely buy again and cook in this way. It’s really easy and pretty quick. I served this with bacon and was a really delicious and different lunch. There are a few other asparagus recipes so I’m now actually quite looking forward to them! Photo is a bit rubbish, really was a great wee recipe.