Do you want some easy ideas to cook Australian Asparagus? Plus, a weekly round up!

This week I received a package from the Australian Asparagus Council via Vikki Leng

Vikki works on behalf of the Australian Asparagus Council. You can find out more about the AAC at its website www.asparagus.com.au, on Facebook: facebook.com/asparaguscouncil and on Instagram: instagram.com/aussieasparagus

The AAC has a free cookbook at Download FREE e-cookbook

To get an idea of how bloggers have been using their Aussie Spears, on social media platforms search for #australianasparagus and #aussieasparagus

You can get to know Vikki at her website: www.vikkileng.com.au  Facebook: facebook.com/vikkilengenterprises and Instagram: instagram.com/vibrant_vegetarian

So in this post I’m going to do a weekly wrap up and highlight when Australian asparagus is featured.

Sunday 4 September

Last weekend was pretty wet. I managed to get out for a walk around Lake Ginninderra and shoot some photographs.

The blossoms are looking good.

Blossoms on Lake Ginninderra Gary Lum
Blossoms on Lake Ginninderra

It was a bright and beautiful morning in Canberra and on the lake.

Lake Ginninderra HDR Gary Lum
Lake Ginninderra HDR
Lake Ginninderra HDR Gary Lum
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra HDR Gary Lum
Lake Ginninderra

For dinner, I slowly roasted a shoulder of lamb with the bone in. I had it in the oven in a heavy casserole for four hours at 150 °C. It was so succulent.

 

Slowly roasted lamb shoulder with honey kale coleslaw and fried shallots Gary Lum
Slowly roasted lamb shoulder with honey kale coleslaw and fried shallots

Monday 5 September

Work was good. I have been working on a new matter which has engaged some areas of my brain that I haven’t used for a while.

You’ll also recall from last week’s post that one of my hospital colleagues gave me a book as a gift. It is a very special book and it helped me complete my collection of editions of the “Manual of Clinical Microbiology”.

Manuals of Clinical Microbiology Gary Lum
Manuals of Clinical Microbiology

 

For dinner, I had a simple meal after a big weekend of eating. A simple piece of salmon with some coleslaw.

 

Panfried salmon with kale coleslaw, fried shallots and caramelised onion Gary Lum
Pan-fried salmon with kale coleslaw, fried shallots and caramelised onion

 

Tuesday 6 September

My package of asparagus arrived via Australia Post. Vikki had arranged five bunches, one large bunch of luscious spears, two medium bunches, and two mini bunches. These were in a reusable bubble bag.

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Australian Asparagus letter from Vikki Leng Gary Lum
Australian Asparagus letter from Vikki Leng

 

Vikki had also arranged for a Media Release and a fact sheet on the nutritional value of asparagus.

 

So on Tuesday night for tea I had a medium sized bunch of asparagus plus some salmon.

 

Honey soy pan fried salmon and asparagus with avocado and fried shallots Australian Asparagus Gary Lum
Honey soy pan fried salmon and asparagus with avocado and fried shallots

 

Wednesday 7 September

I had a busy day. I had some heavy reading and writing to do. I didn’t even record how I made my dinner.

Normally I have Chicken Maryland on Wednesday and Thursday evenings but when I was shopping the previous weekend there weren’t any single pieces so I bought a packet of Coles brand pork sausages (six sausages) and ate three snags with a medium sized bunch of asparagus.

 

Pork sausages with asparagus and cheesy fried shallots Australian Asparagus Gary Lum
Pork sausages with asparagus and cheesy fried shallots

 

Thursday 8 September

I received a nice surprise in the mail. It was a book celebrating “60 years of Aiming High”. My primary school, Stafford Heights State School, held a celebration last weekend in Brisbane. I didn’t attend but I bought a book. I had contributed to it with a couple of pages of memories. It’s been good reading some stories from friends and teachers.

 

60 years of "Aiming High" at SHSS Gary Lum
60 years of “Aiming High” at SHSS

 

For dinner, I made curry pork sausages and asparagus using the large luscious bunch of asparagus.

 

Curry pork sausages and asparagus with potato, onion, chillies and fried shallots Australian Asparagus Gary Lum
Curry pork sausages and asparagus with potato, onion, chillies and fried shallots

 

Friday 9 September

For dinner, I had surf and turf (rump steak and prawns) from the Canberra Southern Cross Club Jamison.

 

Canberra Southern Cross Club Surf and turf rump steak with prawns and chips Gary Lum
Canberra Southern Cross Club Surf and turf rump steak with prawns and chips

 

Saturday 10 September

For breakfast, I had a fried egg on a piece of fried bread with some smashed avocado.

 

Avocado on fried bread with a fried egg Gary Lum
Avocado on fried bread with a fried egg

 

For lunch, I had a bunch of mini asparagus with some crispy bacon and a fried egg.

 

Bacon and egg with Australian Asparagus Gary Lum
Bacon and egg with Australian Asparagus

 

In the afternoon I went for a walk and shot some photographs.

 

Lake Ginninderra Gary Lum
Lake Ginninderra
Blossoms on Lake Ginninderra Gary Lum
Blossoms on Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra Gary Lum
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra Gary Lum
Lake Ginninderra

 

For dinner, I had some leftover lamb from last Sunday’s dinner plus some pearl barley couscous and the final bunch of asparagus (a mini bunch).

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Leftover lamb shoulder with pearl barley couscous and roasted Australian asparagus Gary Lum
Leftover lamb shoulder with pearl barley couscous and roasted Australian asparagus

 

Australian asparagus is tops

You should try it. If you haven’t tried asparagus, it’s worth a go. It’s easy to cook and great to eat. Don’t forget you can get the AAC has a free cookbook at Download FREE e-cookbook.

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4 Responses

    1. Thanks Lorraine. I really like asparagus. I even like the stuff in the tins and smashing onto bread for a sandwich.

  1. For some unknown reason I was unable to post a comment when this first dropped but I’m happy to do so finally as I enjoy asparagus and we get it fresh year round, prices varying depending on the source.

    The blossoms are as beautiful as last year’s. What kind of tree is it? I want to say cherry because I don’t know enough about the varieties that are native your area to make any other guesses. 🙂

    1. I don’t know exactly but I assume they are an ornamental cherry. They are very common in Canberra.
      It’s bulb season and we have a big event called Floriade here for about four weeks over September/October.

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