Good recipes to share with friends.
But onto my adventures. I present another winning recipe from the kitchen of Kat. The asparagus casserole in questions is like the creamy, dense casseroles that remind me of my Grandma.
That said, I never had asparagus as a kid. My mom hates the vitamin and fibre rich vegetable. Ever since I had some when I was visiting friends in Montreal, I haven’t been able to say no to the spears.
Having attempted to create many casseroles and recently attaining a growing success rate, I think I can say that one key part of a good casserole is pre-cooking the components, like vegetables, pastas and grains. It makes a huge difference in the overall mood of the dish. If you cook the veggies until their tender, but not soft, they finish their cooking in the dish and also release more of their flavours. That’s my theory.
I am exploring the balance of flavours a lot more. Like, how to combine sweet, salt, sour, fat and umami in just the right way. It’s like a good party. You don’t want a whole bunch of really loud, showy people. You need some people who like to observe and listen, but the party can’t be overcome by those people either! Each flavour brings its own thing and balances out the others. When you take it as a whole, it all just jives.
I read that it’s also really important to taste your recipes as your cooking . Just because a recipe says to use a teaspoon of salt, you could need more or less depending on the potency of the other ingredients, especially if you’re using fruits and vegetables, which can really vary. Even different brands of the same product can offer a lot of diversity. Although I’m a very methodical person in the kitchen, I can really see the importance of this and have diverging from recipe recommendations a lot more recently.
When I went down to California I found a lot of Ghirardelli chocolate, which comes from San Francisco. It was everywhere. It is fairly more difficult to find it in Calgary, however, there is a Purdy’s Chocolatier in every mall here, which is apparently a very British Columbian and Albertan phenomenon. It’s extraordinary that we live in such a connected world and there are still these products that are only available in pockets.
One brilliant Canadian phenomenon is Zaki Ibrahim. She was born in British Columbia, with parents from South Africa. She’s worked with people from around the world, like Spoek Mathambo, and keeps her music rich with meaning and genre-defying qualities. She does this way more than this casserole, but she can really rock, check out her song “The Do”.
Asparagus No Expense Casserole
Good for a potluck of about ten people, serves about five on its own.