Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Livestrong, Eat Yellow.


Barbara over at Winos and Foodies is hosting a food event with a difference to celebrate Livestrong day on Wednesday May 16th. In her own words this is why Barbara is supporting this event:

"You are wondering why someone in New Zealand would be supporting an event based in the US aren't you. Well for the simple reason cancer knows no boundaries. There isn't a person in the world who hasn't been touched by cancer in some way. Either a family member, a friend, work colleague, neighbour or even themselves. One of my best friends and my Dad both died of cancer in the same week. Twelve months later I was diagnosed with cancer and am still fighting the disease, hoping to be cancer free one day. To raise awareness in any country is to raise the level of awareness world wide".

Barbara's challenge was to post yellow food. After much thought and perusing of recipes I chose two dishes to try. After my hectic weekend I have only found time to make one and as I am fast approaching the deadline I decided to post it today.

Asparagus Custard.

This was delicious, I can safely vouch that the four mouthfuls I ate before I noticed the smoke and flames billowing out of my top oven were divine, I was even looking forward to eating the leftover slice for my lunch today. Easy to make and delicious to eat, unfortunately my piece and the leftover piece had to be thrown in the bin due to the toxic ash which had settled all over my kitchen/dining room.

The recipe (taken from You magazine):

400g asparagus
1 onion
15g butter
7 large eggs
40g grated parmesan
320ml double cream
1 1/2 tbsp finely chopped chives

Grease a 25cm flan dish.

Trim and peel the asparagus and cut into 4-5cm pieces. Bring a large pan of water to the boil, add asparagus and cook for two minutes. Drain and lay on a piece of kitchen towel for 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 210C/410F.

Melt butter in a pan and gently fry onions until soft.

In a large bowl beat the eggs. Beat in the cream, parmesan and chives. Mix in the onions and asparagus. Pour into flan dish and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and puffed.

If you are using your grill to make your daughter an omlette as she will not eat the above please ensure you turn off said grill before shutting the door, thereby turning the grill into an oven and causing the silicone sheet in the grill pan to catch fire.

28 comments:

Kila said...

Mmm, my DH would like that. He loves asparagus.

hellojed said...

Looks tasty, but bad luck with the grill pan...arrrghhh...

frannie said...

looks and sounds delicious--- except for being covered in ash from burnt silicon...

Lisa said...

Looks great, Beccy.
Too bad you were so rudely interrupted!

ChrisB said...

That looks delicious. I could have bought loads of fresh asparagus at the market last week; I must try that recipe it looks good.

you were very lucky I would imagine the smell of 'burnt silicone' is not that pleasant.

Asha said...

YUMMY!! Great to see the delicious plate of food cooked for a great cause:))

Beccy said...

Kila, you should try it, it really was tasty.

Hellojed that was a real bummer alright!

Frannie the smell was horrible and the ash got EVERYWHERE.

Lisa I agree but totally my fault!

Mum, we were very lucky and yes it stank!

enidd said...

mmm. enidd is a big fan of asparagus, and your custard looks yummy.

christine said...

Mmmmmmm.....We love asparagus. I've never had it as a custard.
That looks delicious I'll have to try making this.
I just did that to my can opener the other day. Turned the wrong burner on my flat top stove and melted it.

The Humble Housewife said...

Sounds delicious... looks like a puffy frittata! MMM!

Karmyn R said...

I'm always on the lookout for Asparagus recipes. This one would make a great Brunch item.

Barbara said...

Looks wonderful Beccy. You're not still suffering from Saturday night that you forgot the grill! Thank you for supporting a Taste Of Yellow and LiveSTRONG Day.

Sam said...

oh beccy...

Beccy said...

Enidd I have to admit that it tastes more like quiche than custard.

Christine, I really do recommend this. Shame about the can opener!

HH very fluffy!

Karmyn, it would be great for brunch and you can use different fillings.

Barbara I wasn't still suffering, in my greed to sit down and eat I just plain forgot to turn off the grill.

I know Sam.

frannie said...

how long did it take you to clean it up?

my4kids said...

Looks good Beccy but not sure if I would try as I'm not a big fan of asparagus...never ate it growing up so never deleloped the taste for it.

Sorry about the silicon mess. I do know that smell you speak of and yes its bad...

Matt said...

Yeah, normally you guys HATE us!

... Well, they say you should eat a variety of "colors" of foods for good health....

so get your yellows.

Emma in Canada said...

That sounds delicious. I love aspargus, especially pickled with ham and cream cheese. There's a reason I'm not skinny!

Steffi said...

Wow...that´s sounds and looks delicious!!!

EmBee said...

Darling, When I do something like that it is called a 'senior moment' what is your excuse?? Hard luck I expect it needed a lot of cleaning up.
Reckon the dish would taste good and can't wait for Chrisb to amke it, hint hint. Love

Beccy said...

Frannie, too long especially as I had a meeting to attend at 8pm!

Terri I never ate asparagus until I was an adult so you never know you may like it.

Yes Matt and your pinks, greens and blues, (any ideas)?

Emma you should try it then as you love asparagus.

It was Steffi.

Why don't you make it yourself Dad?

ChrisB said...

embee I might take the hint pity I didn't see the recipe before I went to the market they had a huge basket of asparagus for sale.

laurie said...

good lord, what caught on fire? anything with spring asparagus is bound to be yummy.

an excellent cause. my dad died of cancer just 18 months after my sister died of cancer. my sister-in-law is a cancer survivor. it's a heinous disease.

Amy W said...

I too love asparagus, looks delicious.

nikki said...

Thanks for the grill information. Always good to know.

Sally Lomax said...

Loved the funny twist at the end!

Sorry you ahd a fire in the process - but the asparagus custard looks fabulous! I love aparagus. We got some on special offer this week and had it alst night. Delicious!

mind the gap said...

asparagus custard - eeeyeeew, sounds horrid, but asparagus quiche or fritatta sounds much more appetising and fitting with the lovely picture!

sandi @ the whistlestop cafe said...

I posted a link to this in my own little yellow roundup~ nothing like the great job Barbara did!

This looks great...I'll give it a try!