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Old 25th Apr 2009, 13:53
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Asparagus season is nigh

Grilled in butter, squeeze of lemon, grind of black pepper. Sorted.

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Old 25th Apr 2009, 14:25
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A yes, my first Spargel was May 1969 in Seligenstadt.
I was working at Dudenhofen . . .
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Old 25th Apr 2009, 14:28
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Ah smelly wee season

I love the way some countries embrace the seasonality of their produce, in the Sauerland area of Germany during asparagus season it is easy to eat a whole meal of asparagus dishes from appertiser to pudding and very tasty they are too
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Oi! That's not Spargel!

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(I know, you never said it was)
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Old 25th Apr 2009, 14:31
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The best aparagus patches have horses buried under them, I was told. No reason not to believe it.
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Old 25th Apr 2009, 14:44
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  1. 8 white asparagus
  2. 200 grammes best quality Belgian ham, chopped
  3. 2 hardboiled eggs, chopped
  4. large amount of melted butter (salted)
  5. skip the potatoes

Gorge, stuff, gobble, binge.

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Old 25th Apr 2009, 14:55
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That wee effect doesn't happen to everyone. It's genetic.
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Old 25th Apr 2009, 14:58
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Old 25th Apr 2009, 15:05
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Wrapped in a good proscuitto with some salt and pepper. Even better when you go out the back and pick them fresh. The ferns are a bugger in the off season but they are worth it and they last a while as a plant, like rhubarb, another favourite that's planted nearby. MMMMM, apple and rhubarb pie, good cream, now that's a desert.
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Old 25th Apr 2009, 15:07
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Genetically enhanced spargel or are you implying that my family have the "smelly wee when eating spargel gene"?

One needs to know, you know
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Old 25th Apr 2009, 15:09
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I think it's genetic on the part of the asparagee, not the asparagus.

There may be a doctor here or even a nurse who could elaborate.
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Old 25th Apr 2009, 15:12
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Son's mother-in-law brought 'asparagus' from France.
It was white and very large - about 20mm diameter and 200mm long.
Very tasty!
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Following the consumption of asparagus, the urine of some people contains various sulfur-containing compounds, which produce a smell identified by some people. The prevalence of smell production and detection is debated.
This phenomenon has been observed since the 18th century, and is caused by (the metabolism of) asparagusic acid and its derivatives, which are present in asparagus but not other vegetables.
Observational evidence from the 1950s showed that many people did not know about the phenomenon of asparagus urine. There is debate about whether all (or only some) people produce the smell, and whether all (or only some) people identify the smell.
It was originally thought this was because some of the population digested asparagus differently than others, so that some people excreted odorous urine after eating asparagus, and others did not. However, in the 1980s three studies from France, China and Israel published results showing that producing odorous urine from asparagus was a universal human characteristic. The Israeli study found that from their 307 subjects all of those who could smell 'asparagus urine' could detect it in the urine of anyone who had eaten asparagus, even if the person who produced it could not detect it himself. Thus, it is now believed that most people produce the odorous compounds after eating asparagus, but only about 22% of the population have the autosomal genes required to smell them.
From (and more at):- Asparagus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 25th Apr 2009, 15:24
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Asparagus already here in Italy. And Artichokes.
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G CPTN. You've just gotta be taking the P*SS.
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Old 25th Apr 2009, 15:41
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white and very large
G-CPTN are you sure it was asparagus? People who have been there say French shops are full of strange and unidentifiable things which the native people eat.

You've just gotta be taking the P*SS.
I reckon he might be with 'asparagusic acid'
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Old 25th Apr 2009, 15:55
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Mmmm Asparagus! But the fresh stuff is the best. That recipe from juud looked very tempting. Used to love spargel season in Germany, that's something that is lamentably missing in the UK, the wonders of eating such produce in season. Nowdays, thanks to the supermarkets, everything is available at all times of the year. Nothing beats waiting for and enjoying a whatever in it's season.

Apparently there's more aspar-whatever chemical in the white asparagus and is therefore better for you, although i prefer the green variant. I always forget that i've eaten asparagus and then when in the bathroom for the first pee thereafter am shocked by this strange smell that eminates upwards, and then the penny drops . With me it could happen as soon as 10mins after eating, but even stranger is that it lasts for over 24hrs on average. I can't think of any other food stuff that has such a quick, yet long lasting side effect.


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Old 25th Apr 2009, 16:03
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What about the red pee thing after beetroot? Or red teeth after red wine? Eerie.
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After you've seared your bit of cow on one of these or something similar (preferably a nice marbled and tasty cut eg not sirloin)
Le Creuset 24cm Square Grill - Low Prices at Cookware-Online.co.uk (on a BBQ - and we won't go into the type of fuel source)

- if you then chuck your asparagus onto the very hot grill and also add some stock (chicken stock will do) making sure that you put the lid down as it will flare up impressively (therefore probably best not to do this if you don't have a lid) and "steam" for 3-4 mins depending on the size of the greened spear I can assure you that they come out very nicely to go with aforementioned bovine.

A bit of Colmans freshly made English balances out the flavours nicely.

As does a suitable Bordeaux or Barolo of the right vintage

Enjoy.
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