Tuesday, May 5, 2009

You'll never guess what my kids asked for at the store....

Remember me telling you about playing a game of sorts with my kids at the grocery store from time to time? You know, we try a new or different food, or a food we haven't had in a while?

Well, as you can see, they nearly beat me at my own game this time! You see, there is one, AND ONLY ONE, veggie that I don't particularly care for -and this one's it! Asparagus! -gulp-
It seems I had one too many bites of some when I was a kid that was real close to tree bark! Who could like that texture!?
Well, since I'm always up for a good game, I had to figure out how to cook these to make the most out of it, since I HAVE TO EAT THEM TOO! ("..whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake."1 Cor 10:27b) again -gulp!-
Well, I cut about one inch off of the bottom, tied them together with dental floss, placed them in the little wire fry/steam basket, and set them in some salted steamy water until they turned that pretty green color! (I turned them several times to move them around to make sure the middle was getting plenty of steam too.- Didn't want anyone to be left out of that steam!)
I then laid them in this dish, salted and peppered, and drizzled with 1/4 cup melted butter.
And you know what? They weren't too bad!
Got a favorite way to cook these green trees? Please share! :-)


Organized Nutrition said...

I JUST started eating these (yes really, I am 32 and had NEVER eaten them before... OK, once I tried them at my inlaws on a dare, but they were GROSS, slimy and woody!) BUT I just started cooking them here and I LOVE THEM!!! YES< LOVE THEM...even planted some in the garden last week (so sad it takes 2 yrs to harvest though!)
I just SNAP the bottoms (hold it and bend, this is the best way to get rid of the GRAINY part... NO cutting!) then I heat about 1 T. butter in a LARGE frying pan and add alittle salt... Put the stocks in and put a cover on... shaking it every min. or so... I cook them for about 3-4 min depending on their thickness! THEY are crunchy and the cute ends (my kids call the bug end) taste almost like popcorn!!!! Either way, I want to try olive oil and garlic, but haven't yet!

Ali said...

I use a toaster oven for mine. Drizzle with a little olive oil, season well with salt, pepper and garlic powder, sprinkle liberally with Parmesan cheese. Cook at 400 for 15-20 minutes, stirring half way through.

Ali said...

A squirt of fresh lemon juice on them would also be good along with the garlic and parmesan. :)

Donna said...

Thanks girls!
I will have to try your tips...the next time they wanna play this game! ;-)