what to do with the leftover asparagus

asparagus omelette and home made soda bread

Make an omelette! Three eggs, some asparagus blanched for about 4 minutes, salt, pepper and some shavings of gruyere. Lovely.

Had it with home made soda bread – this is a useful recipe, as you can use pretty much any combination of bread flour, and it will work. And it has no yeast, so is very quick.

450g plain flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp bicarb of soda
400ml buttermilk (use plain yogurt if you haven’t got buttermilk)

Preheat oven to 230C/450F/gas 8

Sift flour, salt and bicarb into a bowl.  Make a well, and add buttermilk.

Using one hand, slowly incoporate the flour into the milk to give soft, but not sticky dough. (Or cheat – use a mixer with a dough hook :).

Turn onto a floured board, and knead lightly for 1 minute until smooth.  Shape to a round about 4cm high. Cut a deep cross from one edge to the other.

Place on a floured baking tray and bake for 15 minutes.  Reduce the heat to 200C/400C/Gas 6, and bake for a further 30 minutes.  To test if the bread is cooked, tap the underside of the loaf – if it sounds hollow, it’s cooked.

Cool on a wire rack, eat with good butter.  Gorgeous.