Asparagus and Farm Eggs

Soft Boiled Egg with Asparagus

With asparagus season just about to begin here in the Hudson Valley, I like to propose you a very simple way to enjoy them.

I like to gently stew the asparagus in a pan with extra virgin olive oil or butter, salt and just enough water to allow them to cook through. This way the asparagus flavor and nutrients stays with them and their taste is very rich. Fresh peas, if available, can be cooked the same way and make an excellent complement to this dish.

Serve asparagus and peas along the side of a soft boiled farm egg (cooked in boiling water for 6-7 minutes and then carefully peeled) placed on a toasted bread crouton, which will offer a pleasant touch of crunchiness and help absorb the creamy, dripping yolk. Season the egg with salt and pepper, shave some Parmigiano-Reggiano around and drizzle more olive oil and balsamic vinegar all around.

Voila'!

Deliciously messy...

Crescia di Pasqua

Crescia di Pasqua

This is a preparation that takes a very special place in my heart as it reminds me, more than others, about the food that my mother used to cook.

It is a savory bread typical from the Marche but also found in other regions from central Italy. Prepared at Easter time is consumed with boiled eggs seasoned with sea salt and spices, sliced salame, and a glass of good white wine.

Made with flour, yeast, extra virgin olive oil, lots of Parmigiano and black pepper it's aroma spreads through the house while it is cooking and it is pure torture to have to wait until it cools down to eat it.

The cookie-like crust outside and the moist and flavorful texture inside have this amazing olive oil and Parmigiano aroma and flavor. It is delicious by it self, as you can imagine, simply enjoyed with some cool white wine. But it pairs amazingly well with boiled eggs either hard boiled or soft boiled and seasoned with salt and pepper or with the addition of ground spices such as cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg.

It smells and tastes like Easter to me and always brings back wonderful memories.