Happy 1st of May! If you’re in Germany I hope you danced into the day [“Tanz in den Mai” is a German tradition] and are enjoying the day off. For all others: Don’t fret about having to work but let’s have fun with the already traditional What I ate Wednesday party hosted by Jenn!
After last week’s not-quite-successful potato experience I was determined not to give up on a food I knew I’d liked a lot earlier. Every potato deserves a second chance, right? With asparagus being finally being available at affordable prices I knew what to pair it with. No 6.50 $ bundles for me, thank you very much. In case you’re wondering: these are the green spears appearing in today’s title. Asparagus being called “spears” made me laugh the first time I encoutered it: attacks on the plate, huh ;)?!
Still going the safe non-potato route the first time I whipped up a wheatberry skillet featuring the green spears. With kidney beans, fresh cherry tomatoes and spices this was a quick lunch.
Will you believe I’ve only had asparagus once last year? It wasn’t my choice, though, and I had a good excuse! Now I’m even more determined to feature this awesome vegetable as often as possible this season. Potatoes are a classic accompaniment for it in Germany so I decided to go that route the next day. Only my version was way less traditional: no sauce Hollandaise but the remainder of above-mentioned beans as well as tender bok choy, carrots and random mushrooms. Plenty of fresh parsley kept the touch of tradition while I don’t think you’ll find any authentical German cookbooks suggesting a nice dusting of nutritional yeast. Oh well, I told you we were going for taste not authenticity here.
My verdict? Yes, I do like Mr. Potato head after all. Fried and partly mashed up with some soy milk the potatoes formed a creamy “gravy” with nice chunks remaining. A pat of vegan butter – a fear food I refrained from measuring – rounded out our happy reunion. Sometimes you strike it at second try.
Breaking up with traditions once again: Cake has to be baked in the oven and is inappropriate as an everyday breakfast? The ever-so-popular – or at least in the blog world – mug brownie finally arrived in my kitchen, too.
Ending on a sweet note with an unusual-for-me new favourite snack: dried mulberries. I’d been searching them high and low finally spotting them at a stall on a Farmers’ Market on Friday. Ever since I’ve been randomly reaching into the bag all throughout the week. It’s funny because I wouldn’t consider myself a huge fan of dried fruit but these sweet little berries are amazing.
Which leads me to another tradition I broke: Did I look up the nutritional value and sugar count for these? No. Measure out servings? Forget it. It’s not counting little things like these that makes eating them more enjoyable. The only worry I’ll allow myself about these: not being able to find them again. Sigh. Now that’s one worry I can [almost] live with ;).
Happiness inducer today: My downstairs neighbours playing a little family “concert” that I’m lucky enough hearing.
Thanks for sharing little things that made you happy in my post on Monday – just reading about them brought a smile to my face, too. By the way: As I don’t post every day I’ll be sharing my daily happiness inducers on Twitter, too. Feel free to join me using the hashtag #happinessHIT.
What’s your favourite way to prepare asparagus? Just as a random note in case you ever plan on visiting Germany: when asparagus (Spargel) is on the menu we usually mean the white one. The green variety has only been making more of an appearance during the past few years.
Do you like dried fruit? Which one do you particularly enjoy?