Sunday, May 8, 2011

Spring Brunch

It's so much fun when there is finally something to pick and eat out of the garden!  We had enough to make a lovely brunch of asparagus dipped into soft boiled eggs, radish canapes with tarragon chive butter, and a lavender rhubarb compote.   Ahhh, that was nice!  If you don't have an Egg Clack, you must get one...

Lavender Rhubarb Compote

½ c sugar
½ c water
½ tea lavender blossoms
2 c rhubarb stalks cut into ½” pieces
½ c Greek yogurt
Edible flowers for garnish

Simmer the water with the sugar and lavender in a saucepan for 5 minutes.  Add the rhubarb and simmer gently until just tender, about 10 minutes.   Set aside to cool.  To serve:  spoon compote  into 4 glass dishes.  Top with a dollop of Greek yogurt.  Garnish with edible flowers.  Serves 4.

Clacked Soft Boiled Eggs with Asparagus Dippers and Radish Canapes

4 large organic eggs
8 asparagus spears
1 stick unsalted good quality butter, softened
1 tbs fresh tarragon
3 tbs fresh chives
Several grinds of pepper
6 oz radishes, sliced very thin
4 slices very good bread
Coarse sea salt to taste
Pinch of sugar

Chop the tarragon and chives, mix with the softened butter.  Grind in a bit of fresh pepper.  Cover tightly and set aside for at least 20 minutes to let the flavors develop.  Can be made ahead and refrigerated until ready to use.   Any leftover butter can top any vegetable you have on hand.  Also freezes very well, a wonderful find in the middle of winter!

Trim the bottom of the asparagus stalks with a vegetable peeler to remove the tough fibers.  Bring a saucepan of water to a simmer with a pinch of salt and sugar.  Add the asparagus and simmer until just tender, time will vary with the size of your asparagus.  I am using the purple asparagus from my garden which is my favorite kind since it reminds me of the white asparagus available in Europe.

When ready to serve, gently cook the eggs.  Simmer a medium saucepan of water.  Prick a hole in the end of each egg.  Gently lower into the simmering water.  Cook for approx 4 ½ minutes, or to your liking.  Set each egg into an egg cup.  Remove the top with an Egg Clack or crack with a spoon.  Dunk the asparagus spears in the egg yolk and enjoy!

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