Friday, May 29, 2009

Out to Dinner - PML

I went out to dinner last night at the Print Media Lounge in Heidelberg & had some seriously good asparagus. Until June 24, the feast of St. John the Baptist, aspargus can and will be harvested in Germany. After this time, the plants rest before the next year when asparagus season (Spargelzeit) starts all over again.

Tonight, it was local asparagus, the kind that Obama was served at the last NATO summit in Strasbourg. The area I live in is well known for its asparagus - apparently the climate is good here.

Served with a light olive oil & parmasean on the side, the asparagus last night had a light lemony flavour. I think it was dipped in cold lemon water to stop the cooking. Ingenious! I'll be trying this strategy out before the 24th of June.For desert, it was a berry gratin with a vanilla buttermilk sorbet. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, even a few currants, covered in a custard & baked. Again, citrusy tones from dinner were repeated in the buttermilk sorbet.

I don't really feel like giving a verdict on dinner. I think it should suffice to say that I go to this place whenever I can.


Cate O'Malley said...

Sounds like a delicious meal!

Cathy said...

The cold lemon water bath is a great idea! I'm going to give it a try too.

Murasaki Shikibu said...

That's an interesting idea, i.e. plunging them in ice cold lemon water. I used to have my white asparagus with summer savory, a dash of a mixture of different colored peppercorns, sea salt and extra virgin olive oil.

taste traveller said...

I bought some more white asparagus to try this with. Summer savory? Good idea. They sell it here as "bean herb" which led me to belive it was only good for cooking beans in. I'm getting excited about this already - only 23 more days to enjoy it!

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