Everyone is gone

This week the market was unusually quiet.

It is Easter week and everyone is on vacation.
I forgot what it was like to live in a place where people actually take time off (and they all do it at the same time)…
Not many of us left behind here in Brussels…

My sisters have followed in the local tradition and have both packed up their families and left for a week.
Most of our neighbours have also gone.

This loneliness could be felt at the market.
Andrea did not bring our favorite Bufala.
Most stands relied on the few basic safe products they know they can sell.
The “aperitif” stands were not invaded.

I have been focusing on my cookbook, cooking all the recipes to check proportions and take pictures.
My food shopping has been less spontaneous and I even wondered if I could continue the blog while I push to finish this project.

Then I saw them… beautiful, seasonal, delicious… White asparagus.

To keep with the theme since Easter is tomorrow I also got farm fresh eggs.

White asparagus with “Acciugata” & Poached Egg

Serves 2
1 lb white asparagus
2 farm fresh eggs
1 tbsp capers in vinegar
4 anchovies in oil
1 bunch of parsley
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Chop the parsley and capers
Add 1 clove of garlic to a pan with olive oil and on low heat flavor the oil.
Add the anchovies and still on low heat, melt them down.
When the anchovies have melted, remove the garlic and add the parsley and capers. Cook for 3-4 minutes

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Cut off the bottom tip (woody part) of the asparagus and peel the bottom half.
Bring water to a boil, add salt and cook the asparagus for 8 minutes.
(time depends on size of asparagus, as you can see from the picture, mine were very thick)

Poach your eggs. Plate and eat!

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For Easter:
If you want to have a traditional Lamb main Course… why not try “Laura’s Lamb“?
As for side dishes, spring has so many great vegetables to offer, go with fresh peas, green beans, grilled ramps, baby spinach… anything that inspires you.

Have a great week-end and week ahead,
Catherine@SainteCatherine

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Elisabeth says:

    White asparagus are very common here… I love them too. You need to do some research as the top town for asparagus is a battle in Belgium. Worth checking it out. Kisses from the snowy mointains of Montalbert…

    1. The battle of the white asparagus! Love it.

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