Asparagus Study

Asparagus Study #3

When I saw these asparagus bunches in store, I could not help but taking photos of them. Asparagus is such a pretty vegetable, one cannot deny it. With the simplest set up and the ever lovely unbalanced natural light from my window, the shots were taken with great pleasure. These are one of my most favorite photos to date. And I do mean it.

The real beauty of asparagus, especially in spring or early summer, is in the flavor. In my recent night out, I got to sample a nice salad – a whole ball of fresh creamy mozzarella with chopped young uncooked asparagus with a hint of mint and some other baby leaves. Simple yet fantastic for the warmer we have nowadays.

Asparagus Study #2

At home, I tried something slightly different, a little bit more to my taste. Tomatoes are appearing in abundant and I love them with balsamic vinegar. Then, there are the bitter peppery rocket leaves. And of course, one of my discoveries of late – fried haloumi. This cheese is fantastic. It reminds me of firm tofu but a lot creamier and tastier.

The salad can be eaten as it is. Or serve with thick slice of sourdough cibatta. Either way, it is a lovely lunch.

Asparagus, fried haloumi and tomato salsa on cibatta slice

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Asparagus with tomato salsa, fried haloumi and rocket leaves

Ingredients (for 3)
2 bunches asparagus spears, wooden ends trimmed, blanched
180g haloumi, cut into 1cm slices
Rocket leaves,
2 ripe tomatoes, diced
Balsamic vinegar
A pinch of sugar
Dry oregano – a bit

Mix the diced tomatoes with basalmic vinegar (1/4 cup) + a bit of sugar + oregano. Set aside.
Blanch the asparagus in salted boiling water.
Place a non-stick pan over medium heat. Fry the haloumi slices until golden brown on both sides.
Divide asparagus spears on plate. Followed by haloumi slices, rocket leaves and the tomatoes mixture. Enjoy as a salad or served with bread.

And I leave you with a rather unconventional shot of asparagus!

Asparagus Study #1

35 Responses to Asparagus Study

  1. Manggy says:

    It’s one of my favorite shots to date, too, Anh :) I keep forgetting that it’s Spring where you are!

  2. mikky says:

    amazing pictures!!! and what a creative way to serve the asparagus… :)

  3. tigerfish says:

    The asparagus looks beautiful! I miss those that I could pick up fresh from the farmer’s market.

  4. kathryn says:

    What beautiful, beautiful photos Anh. The little heads of the asparagus are pretty aren’t they. Tiny little flowers, so unlike any other vegetable.

  5. Anonymous says:

    i agree that asparagus has such a lovely taste. i found this recipe on the LURPAK butter website which is very simple- just asparagus with creamed butter so you can really enjoy the asparagus flavour!

  6. Johanna says:

    perfect combination of vegies and lovely photos – I have had asparagus with haloumi and lentil salad which is a great way to enjoy it too – but just can’t resist the lovely cheap bunches of asparagus at the moment!

  7. Eva says:

    Lovely photos, so lively and vibrant! Love your jug, too…

  8. SteamyKitchen says:

    I can’t remember the last time I had fried haloumi! yumyum

  9. Darius T. Williams says:

    Awww…this looks great. I’m loving the pics too!

  10. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Your photos are stunning! I love asparagus, so you recipe has me drooling!

  11. Belinda says:

    Oh, wow! I haven’t been keeping up with my blogging recently, and have missed lots of good things! I love your unconventional photo of the asparagus…so beautiful, and could rival any flower arrangement. :-)

  12. Susan from Food Blogga says:

    And with your stellar photography skills, you certainly make asparagus shine!

  13. Cynthia says:

    I don’t think I have ever seen more beautiful aparagus photographs.

  14. ChichaJo says:

    Anh these photos are gorgeous as usual! The asparagus look so pretty and green!

  15. Jude says:

    Such beautiful photos — I love halloumi cheese so I’ll keep this in mind when I buy some

  16. Ash says:

    Love, love, love these photos!!! They turned out really well. The open sandwich looks good too!

  17. Julie says:

    What a gorgeous picture and what a great way to prepare them. Yum! I can’t wait for asparagus season to return here.

  18. Bob LaGatta says:

    I don┬┤t know on how I stumbled upon this cooking blog., All I know is that I┬┤d better check out the archives for a good read. Ha-ha! Just droppin┬┤ to say hi! for uhm…a different “menu.”

  19. Cândida says:

    sounds nice!

  20. Carolina deWitte says:

    I really shouldn’t read Aussie food blogs, I simply get too jealous. I have to bear in mind that you are probably jealous as well during OUR spring and summer when we post recipes like this. I’ve often wished I were rich enough to ‘follow’ spring and summer around the globe, you know, have homes in many places so that I can always have fresh spring and summer produce all year around. (I DID

  21. Kate | Everyday Calm says:

    Can’t wait to try your recipe…sounds like a lovely combination of flavours. The tomatoes and asparagus at the market are so beautiful at the moment!

  22. david santos says:

    sounds nice!

  23. pastfirst says:

    Loved the recipe. Tried it and enjoyed it> delicious!!!!

  24. George Erdosh says:

    Yes, I love asparagus, too, but tend to leave them on the shelf this time of the year when all asparagus is improved from somewhere else. In the springs, we go into asparagus overdose–eat the virtually daily.

  25. pigpigscorner says:

    Love your pictures!

  26. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    Lovely asparagus shots! What a nice reminder that not everyone is buried in snow now.

  27. c.w.s. says:

    Wonderful pictures!!!!

  28. Eva says:

    Oh Anh, I’ve stared long and hard at these asparagus shots – when are you coming back with a story, a recipe, a cake or so?

  29. Sharnee says:

    Your photo’s are gorgeous!

  30. chuck says:

    These are stunning photos of the Asparagus. I think I like the one with the slices of bread. Well, maybe I’m a little bias lol.

  31. mona says:

    Great clicks!

  32. MsGourmet says:

    Lovely, lovely pictures and the haloumi looks fab!

  33. bigfish_chin says:

    amazing photos! it makes the asparagus look really great!

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  35. Kate- Aapplemint says:

    I have to admit, those are really fantastic photos :)And a neat combination too. Never tried them together before.

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