Jane's Delicious Garden Blog

Spring asparagus and artichokes 😋

Posted in Garden Diary by Jane Griffiths on the September 24th, 2021

With the recent warm weather my sprouting broccoli is starting to produce little white flowers. These sweet heads are the perfect companion for the first of the spring asparagus and artichoke harvests.

  • Line a bamboo steamer with black palm kale leaves.
  • Roughly chop the broccoli and asparagus.
  • Place on top of the kale.
  • Slice the tops off the artichokes.
  • Fill a large pot with boiling water and add the artichokes. Place the bamboo steamer on top.
  • Steam the kale/broccoli/asparagus
  • Mix for about six minutes or so. (leave the artichokes simmering until an outer leaf comes off easily. )
  • Remove the kale leaves and slice them roughly and mix through with the broccoli and asparagus.
  • Toss with just a little of a dressing of: mixed burnt butter, chilli flakes, dried mint, soy sauce, olive oil, lemon juice and wasabi mustard. Sprinkle with calendula leaves.
  • Serve the artichokes with lemon butter for dipping the leaves, and the asparagus / broccoli mix on the side.