I looked back at my Instagram feed since receiving my Australian Asparagus Council asparagus package and noticed I haven’t done anything more than roast or pan-fry my #aussiespears Tonight I made soup. I saw an image on Instagram as I was searching the #aussiespears feed and came across https://instagram.com/p/7M-YMKDvev/ from my friend Lisa.
It also made me think that if I’m going to be cooking two bundles of asparagus I’m going to have wickedly smelling urine tonight.
I looked up a few websites to find an explanation and despite knowing about the phenomenon for centuries, there are no clear cut answers. Some people produce the sulphuric breakdown products and some people can smell them. Some people don’t produce malodorous urine and some people cannot smell the breakdown products.
While some people complain the smell is awful, I’ve never found it objectionable. That’s not to say I find it pleasant. To me it’s like when I smell petroleum products. It’s not a pleasant smell but it’s a compelling smell. The same with glue.
The good thing is sniffing asparagus urine is not dangerous like petrol and glue sniffing. Even better with all the silverbeet I’ve eaten my stools will be tarry black tomorrow.
You can also see #aussiespears on Facebook!
I don’t know what recipe Lisa used so I made one up.
- Olive oil
- Asparagus 2 bundles
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- Silverbeet 1 bunch
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- Balsamic vinegar
- French onion soup sachet
- Greek yoghurt
- Cut the asparagus spears into 2 cm segments and sautée in some olive oil in a large saucepan
- Shred the leaves and slice the stems of a large bunch of silverbeet and cook off with the asparagus
- Add a dash of balsamic vinegar
- Cook until everything has softened
- Add 1 litre of water
- Add one sachet of French onion soup
- Bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes
- Serve in a large bowl
- Add a dollop of Greek yoghurt
- Garnish with the tips of some asparagus
- Shoot a photograph
- Drink the soup
- Wash the dishes
- Write the recipe
- Enjoy the rich thiol rich aroma of sulphur every time I empty my bladder
- Blog (verb)
Now it’s time for me to share how I spent my Saturday.
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