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4 large rashers bacon
1⁄3 cup good mayonnaise
2 tablespoons each: plain yoghurt,
white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon caster sugar
130g baby spinach leaves
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
Pan-fry, grill or microwave the
bacon until crisp
Combine the mayonnaise,
yoghurt, white wine vinegar
and sugar. Stir until the sugar
Place the spinach in a salad
bowl. Top with the onion
rings. Crumble the bacon
over the top. Toss together
with the dressing. Serves 4.
Aioli: 3 plump cloves garlic, peeled
1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
salt and white pepper to taste
11⁄2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
1⁄2- 3⁄4 cup olive oil
Asparagus: 500g asparagus,
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 red chilli, seeded and diced
freshly ground black pepper to
2 tablespoons sliced flat-leaf
Place the garlic, egg yolk, salt,
pepper, lemon juice and mustard
in a mini food processor or use
(Add a dash of saffron or turmeric
for colour, if preferred.)
With the motor running, slowly
drizzle in the oil in a steady
stream, until thick. This will keep
in the refrigerator for several days.
Makes about 1 cup.
Preheat a grill to medium-high.
Toss the asparagus with the oil
in a large roasting dish. Sprinkle
with the chilli and pepper.
Grill the asparagus until crisp-
tender, about 5 minutes, turning
occasionally during cooking.
Transfer to a platter. Drizzle the
aioli over the asparagus and
sprinkle with the parsley.
Grilled asparagus with aioli
100g thin, dried rice noodles
2 teaspoons each: sesame oil, rice
bran oil, grated root ginger
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon each: light soy sauce,
2 spring onions, diagonally sliced
1 large avocado, halved, stoned,
peeled and cubed
1⁄2 cup coriander leaves
Prepare the noodles according to
the packet instructions.
Cut into smaller pieces if
Heat the oils in a wok or frying
pan. Add the ginger and garlic
and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Stir
in the noodles, soy sauce and
hoisin sauce, mixing to ensure the
noodles are coated evenly. Add
the spring onions, stir-frying for 1
Fold in the avocado and coriander.
Serves 4 as an accompaniment.
Avocado with Asian noodles
The tasty trio of asparagus,
avocados and spinach top my list
of favourite greens. And given their
ready availability and price, now is
the time to savour them.
From its first cultivation in Greece, asparagus has played a key role in
traditional folk medicine and has been used as a tonic, a sedative and
also as a treatment for neuritis and rheumatism.
Of course it was inevitable, given its shape, that asparagus should be
treated – in times past – as an aphrodisiac. However, in speculating
on the alleged effect of asparagus on humans, writers have overlooked
the sex life of asparagus itself. For instance, while asparagus normally
produces male flowers on some plants and female on others, it
occasionally produces hermaphroditic blossoms, of which both pistils
and stamens are functional.
Asparagus is best cooked the same day it’s purchased but will keep
tightly wrapped in damp paper towels for three to four days in the
Avocados are plentiful and make a perfect partner for asparagus.
Avocados are healthy with 50 percent more potassium than bananas
and a range of vitamins including carotene, seven of the eight B
vitamins, vitamins C and E. They also contain other minerals in small
amounts. Cholesterol-free, they contain only five grams of fat per
serving, most of it the good-for-you mono-unsaturated kind.
I prefer to eat avocados raw. When cooked, the heat affects the oils
causing an unpleasant off-flavour. Add avocados to hot foods at the
last minute and away from the source of heat. If stuffing and baking,
combine cold avocado with the hot food and return it to the shell. Place
briefly under a grill, to brown the top.
Spinach was made famous by Popeye the sailor, a comic strip and
cartoon character who became much stronger after eating the
vegetable. The belief that spinach enhances strength is largely the
result of the iron content being mistakenly reported in the 1930s, as
ten times the actual amount.
However, research indicates spinach may help in the prevention of a
variety of diseases including cancer and cataracts. It makes a delicious
crunchy salad but it is also great in stir-fries or pasta dishes.
Great served as a starter or as an
8 thick but tender asparagus spears
juice 1 lemon (21⁄2 tablespoons)
1 clove garlic, crushed
1⁄4 cup each: finely grated parmesan
cheese, extra virgin olive oil flaky
sea salt and freshly ground black
pepper to taste
2 medium avocados
8 mint leaves
Snap the ends off the asparagus.
Using a vegetable peeler, shave
the asparagus into ribbons into a
Whisk the lemon juice, garlic and
parmesan in a small bowl then
whisk in the olive oil. Drizzle 1-2
tablespoons over the asparagus
Halve, stone and peel the
avocados. Slice each half into 4.
Fan onto 4 serving plates. Top with
the shaved asparagus and mint
leaves. Drizzle with more of the
Shaved asparagus salad with
This makes an excellent light
lunch served with crisp rolls.
Blanched asparagus or sliced
avocado could be added.
Prawns or diced chicken could be added to make a complete meal.
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