I love eating with the seasons, for a lot of reasons. It's partly because I like eating local foods and it just feels right to eat what's available right here and now. But also, it makes the whole year an exciting journey of exploration. You can't get tired of anything because it disappears so fast and you're on to the next thing.
Right now, the spring vegetables are all over the place, like asparagus. Asparagus is a vegetable that it's worth waiting for because the local stuff is so much more tender and flavourful. Here are some recipes to try.
Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Lemon Pasta
This recipe from Smitten Kitchen is super easy - the asparagus is blanched with the pasta then drained and tossed with goat cheese, lemon zest, tarragon and olive oil. It's a perfect spring weeknight dinner.
Simple Roasted Asparagus
For a simple side dish that's a change from your standard steamed asparagus, try this roasted version.
Creamy Asparagus Soup with Poached Egg on Toast
From Jamie Oliver, this blended asparagus soup is made into a full meal with the addition of toast and a poached egg. Yum!
Raw Asparagus Salad
Every food has a slightly different nutritional profile when it's cooked vs. raw. This salad recipe from Maria Rodale via the Huffington Post flavours the asparagus with fresh basil and mint.