Whole Artichokes with Lemon Butter Sauce

  My own home-grown and organically grown, artichoke drenched in Lemon Butter Sauce, with side dishes containing extra lemon butter for dipping the petals in, and a finger bowl with lemon juice and water to rinse buttery fingers.   Here are my artichokes! Their colouring is so very pretty with shades of aubergine, green, and […]

Fettuccine with Asparagus and Pine Nuts

    This is a lovely simple vegetarian pasta dinner which makes use of spring-time asparagus. Since asparagus has such a short season I like to pile it into as many dishes as possible, especially the first-of-the-season asparagus, which is juicy and tender. This dish was so super-tasty, I could quite happily have this for […]

Asparagus Panzanella

      This salad is a great way to make use of an abundance of summer-time tomatoes and basil, and use up any stale bread at the same time. Panzanella, also known as panmolle, is a Tuscan salad of humble origins, traditionally incorporating tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and bread, and sometimes onions. The word […]

Asparagus, Potato and Ricotta Tarts with Polenta Pastry

    Spring-time means fresh asparagus and this vegetarian dish is a great way to display bright green asparagus spears. I think this dish is also a nice change-of-season dish incorporating the starchy potatoes we tend to use a lot of in winter, and showcasing the vibrant green asparagus of spring. We were lucky to […]

Asparagus with Pangrattato

    With this recipe, Mum and I had the first taste of asparagus this year, and asparagus means the Spring season has finally arrived. ┬áThe asparagus is locally grown in Hawke’s Bay. This dish is very quick to make, fairly simple to construct, and has nice textures with the soft asparagus topped with crunchy […]