A Spear of Grass

Asparagus – yum! I should have taken photos, however I wasn’t aware of just how good this would taste until I was halfway through eating it.  I have however tonight been inspired by KatySheCooks‘s roast asparagus recipe to share this tidbit with you.

I do these poach/roasted potatoes which are divine, and the other day had a bunch of other vegies lying around that I decided to see how they would react to the same treatment.  The conclusion? You get these great rich caramel flavours, a mix of crunchy and soft textures, and it just makes goodness in your mouth.  Plus as with many of my favourites, looks quite fancy, doesn’t take much work.  What I did:

Poachy Roast Salad

  • 2 Kipfler Potatoes with skin on in 1cm slices
  • 1 Zucchini, ribboned (use a potato peeler)
  • Pumpkin 1 cm slices, roughly the same amount and size as your potato
  • Garlic cloves, whole peeled
  • Cherry tomatoes (1/2 punnet)
  • Button mushrooms, halved
  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • Olives a good handful pitted Kalamata
  • 1 Tbsp capers
  • Fried sage leaves
  • Toasted nuts (I used Hazelnuts and Pine Nuts)
  • white wine herby vinegar dressing
  • 250mls chicken stock

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees

Put the potatoes, garlic and pumpkin into a baking dish, pour the stock over.  Cook 25 mins, add mushrooms and asparagus cook another 10 mins (most of the stock have been absorbed).

Turn the oven up to 250, add tomatoes, and zucchini, cook 15 mins.

Remove, add the rest of the ingredients, and chow down.