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May 4, 2011

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on saturday morning, we asked the man at the farmer’s market for 8 bunches of asparagus. he looked at us incredulously, but i don’t think he realized how seriously we take our asparagus eating. (there were going to be 4 of us for lunch, so 8 bunches seemed entirely appropriate ….. what?! don’t look at me like that. y’know, english asparagus is only around for about 6 weeks, so it’s important to eat as much of it as possible).

saturday was a gorgeous day, sunny & warm. charlotte declared it an “asparagus-fest” and i enthusiastically signed up for that. after hitting the market, we headed back to the flat where charlotte & matt whipped up a perfect spring lunch for their friend daisy and me. out to the garden, where we ate and drank and laughed — and that asparagus was damn good.  eventually, matt popped open some cava, and charlotte’s rhubarb-yogurt cake made an appearance, and the next thing i knew the sun had set and it was 11pm, and it was one of the finest ways that i can think to spend a saturday in the spring.

  1. May 4, 2011 2:16 pm

    A fine way to spend a Saturday in spring, indeed. What a beautiful set of images. I’m intrigued by this rhubarb yogurt cake. My desire for rhubarb probably matches yours for asparagus.

  2. May 4, 2011 2:23 pm

    I hear you. To me there is no such thing as too much asparagus. Looks like a wonderful meal.

  3. May 4, 2011 2:34 pm

    Ahhh this is so nice. Perfectly summery.

  4. May 4, 2011 2:48 pm

    What an inspiration you are. An asparagus fest! Of course! Any excuse for a get-together.

  5. May 4, 2011 2:55 pm

    This looks perfect. I haven’t eaten any asparagus yet this year (hanging my head in shame) but there is a note in my diary for dinner tomorrow night…

  6. May 4, 2011 3:03 pm

    brian… that last shot…


  7. May 4, 2011 3:14 pm

    all these images – wowzers indeed!

  8. May 4, 2011 3:15 pm

    What a brilliant idea. Looks like a good day was had indeed. I am with Tim, that last shot…wow!

  9. May 4, 2011 3:17 pm

    perfect. and these photos are so good, brian. that camera was made for you.

  10. May 4, 2011 3:47 pm

    I’m enjoying the shift in your images.
    And that is entirely reasonable amount of asparagus!

  11. May 4, 2011 4:17 pm

    You had really beautiful time!
    And are the photos taken by analog camera or by digital camera?

  12. May 4, 2011 4:20 pm

    Um, excuse me. Rhubarb yogurt cake? ok, you two, i see how you operate. i’m booking my flight stat.

    brian, these are all fantastic. wish i was there :)

  13. May 4, 2011 4:26 pm

    You had me at asparagus & cava. Great images.

  14. May 4, 2011 4:47 pm

    That is a dream lunch, a dream day!

  15. Christophe permalink
    May 4, 2011 4:49 pm


    Sorry couldn’t resist, first thing that sprung to mind…

    …anyway, these smashing stuff mate, that is my kind of Saturday!

    You’ll be relieved to hear that Gemma bought some asparagus on the way home so it’s on!

  16. May 4, 2011 4:49 pm

    Could your life be anymore awesome?

  17. Christophe permalink
    May 4, 2011 4:51 pm

    Ha ha…didn’t expect it to embed like that, hilarious! Also part of my comment doesn’t make sense, but you get the idea…

  18. May 4, 2011 5:55 pm

    Ok, this is like I ‘d like to eat…

  19. May 4, 2011 5:59 pm

    the life! the last photo looks like it was shot in the french countryside.

  20. marthasnail permalink
    May 4, 2011 6:16 pm

    sounds heavenly. love the photos. my favorite kind of day.

  21. Jördis! permalink
    May 4, 2011 6:21 pm

    that’s the way to do it.
    i wanted to buy the very pretty green asparagus at the market last saturday and they were already sold. have to make it there earlier this week.

  22. May 4, 2011 7:49 pm

    Haha from your photos, it looks like you had a lovely “asparagus-fest”! I agree. That’s a great way to spend the day!

  23. May 4, 2011 8:43 pm

    That sounds like a truly perfect afternoon/evening. Those kind are the best. I love the garden courtyard. Is that a hedge I spy? I love them.

  24. May 4, 2011 8:49 pm

    This looks like the embodiment of Springtime! Asparagus, sunshine, lunch outside…beautiful. I love seeing if from preparation, consumption, and then to the bubbly at the end. Gorgeous photos.

  25. May 4, 2011 8:51 pm

    I adore this set! And you thought you’d lost your mojo…

  26. May 4, 2011 8:52 pm

    the perfect day.

  27. May 4, 2011 9:37 pm

    it was a famous day eh, ferry! – i love, love these shots.
    we have about a month left of the season so let’s do it again soon
    also, christophe, your comment is inspired!

  28. May 4, 2011 9:47 pm

    these are so vibrant.

  29. May 4, 2011 11:16 pm

    What a nice day and those asparagus look delicious. I haven’t miss too many specific things from home, but one thing that I can’t find much of here is good cheese. I’m infinitely jealous of the chunks of cheese you have on that table!

  30. May 4, 2011 11:32 pm

    These shots are so gorgeous and inspiring. Do you know where the amazing tumblers are from? I remember seeing a similar one at a bar you visited a while back…


  31. May 4, 2011 11:35 pm

    this is excellent, brian.

  32. May 5, 2011 12:58 am

    i’m really speechless – this looks like a wonderful time, and you captured it so perfectly. I feel as though I was there – amazing!

  33. May 5, 2011 1:56 am

    This looks just perfect! Nothing beats asparagus, friends, bubbly and cheese! I once sat at in a friend’s backyard in Germany eating white asparagus for hours and your pictures just brought it all back… ahhh

  34. May 5, 2011 2:29 am

    Sounds like a wonderful outing and the perfect day!

  35. Steve permalink
    May 5, 2011 3:25 am

    Nice post and blog. Does make me miss London (lived there for 9 years, then moved to Hong Kong). The fact you still have spring in May is enough (30 degrees and 95% humidity here already). You’re right – spring lunches/dinners in friends’ gardens are a lovely way to spend Saturdays.

  36. May 5, 2011 6:08 am

    yes. these are so perfect. every one of them! i need some asparagus asap.

  37. hanne permalink
    May 5, 2011 7:37 pm


  38. May 6, 2011 7:07 am

    It sounds like everyone had such fun and asparagus is truly a vegetable to be eaten with appetite. Your pictures also more than captured the feeling of having a wonderful time: from the preparation of the food to the setting of the table, the pouring of the drinks, and the empty platters afterwards, a full story was more than told here. Brilliant.

  39. May 6, 2011 12:52 pm

    so true; I am on a real asparagus high these days :D

  40. Silvia permalink
    May 7, 2011 10:56 am

    This is just perfect!

  41. May 8, 2011 5:21 pm

    sounds like an awesome saturday for sure. cheers!

  42. May 10, 2011 4:40 pm

    i love love love this series. OH MY GOSH. today is gray and blustery so its nice, at least, to imagine drinking cava outdoors, from sweet little stems. lots of love from (gray, blustery) maine. xo.

  43. May 12, 2011 10:53 am

    i wonder how asparagus tastes like? :) looks like you had so much fun at your asparagus-fest day :)

  44. May 19, 2011 5:40 pm

    Such exquisite photos!! And I agree with you that it’s absolutely imperative to eat bunches and bunches of asparagus in the springtime. Just gorgeous.

  45. May 24, 2011 4:29 am

    that’s doing it right! gorgeous photos.

  46. May 25, 2011 4:41 pm

    OK. The asparagus is lovely, the photographs delightful, but why am I hopelessly captured by the piggy cutting board! It just makes me happy.

  47. Renate permalink
    May 26, 2011 2:37 am

    We had a piggy cutting board just like that one when I was a child! My mom might still have it. I had completely forgot about it but that photo sent a rush of nostalgie over me. All of these images are just lovely and I’m sure you captured the essence of the day perfectly.

  48. May 27, 2011 12:20 am

    We’re lucky enough to have our very own (very weedy) asparagus patch, and sometimes for dinner we eat every last spear we can find…..gorgeous photos!

  49. June 9, 2011 8:42 pm

    it’s so good to have friends who love asparagus, too :)


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