Is time for Asparagus.. how to cook it !


Green British asparagus, with its intense, complex
flavour, is considered – by the British, at least – to be the finest in the world. It’s deep, verdant flavour is attributed in large part to Britain’s cool growing conditions. ( The green asparagus are better served hot with chicken, veal and soup).
White asparagus preferred in Europe ( France and Germany) has a delicate flavour and must first be peeled before use. Trim the woody ends and starting from the bottom and using a vegetable peeler, peel a very thin strip toward the tip. Often, only the lower half need to be peeled. (The white asparagus are better served warm or cold with hollandaise & mayonnaise sauce.

My Tips!

Blanched

When cooking asparagus, you can tie them into little bundles, which makes them easier to remove. Drop these bundles or individual spears into some boiling water, cover and cook for three to five minutes, depending on the thickness of the spears. Take them out, drain and plunge into some ice-cold water, or serve straight away.

Steamed

To steam, place the spears in a steaming basket with a little water underneath. Cover and cook for three minutes.

Griddled

Asparagus loves to be griddled in a pan – simply drizzle with a little olive oil and turn occasionally or try Jamie’s recipe for griddled asparagus with olive oil, lemon and Parmesan.

Stir fried

Asparagus is often used in Asian cooking, either in salads or in stir-fries. It needs only a minute or so in a hot wok, so always remember to add it in towards the end of cooking the rest of your dish. A splash of soy and a sprinkle of sesame seeds work well.

 

My favorite !  is It would be a crime not to mention hollandaise – a classic French sauce made of melted butter, fresh egg yolks, lemon juice and a little mustard or a pinch of cayenne – the pairing of which with asparagus is simply heavenly.

a bientot

Bertrand
www.bertrandmunier.com

Pea Soupe a la Francaise served Hot or Cold

This is on of the best Pea soup recipe for Spring and Summer !

Pea soupe by Bertrand munier

Ingredients 
600 g shelled peas
4 spring onions
6 lettuce leaves or a big heart
1 tsp tablespoon olive oil
1 liter of water
4 c. tablespoons heavy cream
Salt and pepper
Shell the peas, peel and chop onions, wash the lettuce leaves.Heat the oil in a skillet on medium heat, add onions and let them meltwithout browning, then add the lettuce and peas, pour water, add salt, bring to a simmer and simmer for 20 to 25 min.When the peas are cooked, blend the soup in a blender or hand blenderuntil smooth.Put on low heat, add pepper and heavy cream, stirring, remove from heat tothe first stirrings.

Serve hot or cold .

Bon Appetit
Bertrand

Bocuse d’Or 2011

Carpe Diem Club

Ever since 1987, the Bocuse d’Or contest has been giving young chefs a unique opportunity to demonstrate their skills, offering them a tremendous springboard for their careers.

From one competition to the next, its international influence has grown constantly. With the successive creation of contests in Latin America, Asia and Europe, the Bocuse d’Or has become a showcase revealing outstanding talents and gastronomic trends from all over the world. On January 26th 2011 new winners were announced.

Bocuse d’Or: Rasmus KOFOED, representing DENMARK, has won the Bocuse d’Or 2011 trophy and €20,000 in prize money.

Second place, Bocuse d’Argent: Tommy MYLLYMÄKI, representing SWEDEN, won the Bocuse d’Argent trophy 2011 and €15,000 in prize money.

Third place, Bocuse de Bronze: Gunnar HVARNES, representing NORWAY, won the Bocuse de Bronze trophy 2011 and €10,000 in prize money.

Several special prizes were also awarded:

– Prize for the ‘Best Commis’, awarded by…

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Today we prepare all canapes for our party this week-end and I thing people today like to much design on canapes, that why canapes are very expensive between £0.99 to £3.50
if I have to design canapes for my-self to eat I will kip canapes very simple like a nice tomato mozzarella with basil classic…… I like to get classic recipe simple, with full of flavor and you can make it very interesting to eat .
what your view on food ?
merci
Bertrand Munier

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