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British Sandwich Week

British Sandwich Week

According to the British Sandwich Week website we Brits eat over 11.5 billion sandwiches each year. If you laid each one end to end, they would go around the world about 44 times!

British Sandwich Week is a week-long celebration of the greatest food-to-go and one of the most iconic British culinary inventions; the Sandwich.

The great British sandwich is such a central item in our psyche and culture that we have more different names for it than Eskimos do for snow.

From Sarnies, butties and barms to baps and baguettes, everywhere you go there’s a local term for this icon. Ever since John Montague, the 4th Earl of Sandwich ordered cold beef between slices of toast, to avoid getting up from his cards game, his name has become synonymous with the delectable dish.

So what’s your favourite?

Do you prefer to make your own or do you have a favourite café? We love our local bakery. It’s certainly not hip and trendy but it produces the most gorgeous bread and fillings. But when we’re not indulging in purchases from

But when we’re not indulging in purchases from Food for Thought our favourite seasonal sandwich recipe is Asparagus Torpedoes (see below).

 


 

 

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Asparagus Torpedo

Asparagus Torpedoes

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 641 per portion
Fat 29g (9g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Ready-to-bake baguettes 2
  • Asparagus spears 6–8, depending on size
  • Mayonnaise 3 tbsp
  • Finely shredded basil 3 tbsp
  • Finely chopped parsley 3 tbsp
  • Beefsteak tomato 1, sliced
  • Mozzarella cheese 90g (31⁄2oz), thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. As instructed on the packet, preheat oven and bake baguettes, then allow to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, snap off white woody ends of asparagus. Cook spears in gently boiling water for 3–5 minutes until tender. Drain, cut in half lengthways, then into thirds.
  3. Cut baguettes almost into two lengthways. Mix mayonnaise with basil and parsley and spread over cut sides. 4 Alternate slices of tomato, mozzarella and pieces of asparagus in the baguettes. Season with freshly ground black pepper and serve immediately while warm.

 

A Dairy Diary recipe.

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Recipe of the Week: Asparagus Risotto

Asparagus Risotto

Asparagus Risotto

Full-flavoured, deliciously sweet and tender, British asparagus is regularly described as the ‘best in the world’.

Serves 4
Time 40 mins
Calories 518 per portion
Fat 20g of which 11.9g is saturated
Suitable for vegetarians

Butter 25g (1oz)
Shallots 4, peeled and finely chopped
Garlic 1 clove, peeled and crushed
Risotto rice 300g (11oz)
White wine 150ml (¼ pint)
Hot vegetable stock 900ml (1½ pints)
Small asparagus spears 125g pack, trimmed
Frozen peas 110g (4oz)
Chopped flat-leaf parsley 2 tbsp
Stilton cheese 150g (5oz), cubed

1 Melt butter in a sauté pan and fry shallots and garlic for 3–4 minutes until softened. Stir in rice and fry for a further minute. Pour in wine and simmer to evaporate off.

2 Gradually stir in hot stock, cooking for 18–20 minutes, until rice is tender, and all stock has been absorbed.

3 About 5 minutes towards end of cooking time, add asparagus and peas.

4 Before serving, stir in parsley and half cheese, then season to taste. Spoon into bowls, scatter over remaining cheese and serve immediately.

Dairy Diary recipe.

Bravo for British asparagus

Bravo for British asparagus

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Bravo for British asparagus and the MOST amazing asparagus recipe

We’re five days into May and the British asparagus season is in full swing – hurrah!

I adore asparagus. It’s so tender, and its delicate flavour lends itself to many recipes, though it’s also wonderful on its own, lightly steamed and sprinkled with sea salt.

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Asparagus is early due to March sunshine

Early asparagus

The British love affair with asparagus dates back hundreds of years, and it is also said to be a powerful aphrodisiac.

In 19th-century France, bridegrooms were served three courses of the spears at their prenuptial dinner.

Asparagus ‘stirs up lust in man and woman’, 
wrote English herbalist Nicholas Culpepper 
in the 17th century.

Asparagus is a good source of potassium, fibre, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C, thiamin and folic acid. The latter is said to boost histamine production which has an aphrodisiac effect on both men and women.

Asparagus is a member of the lily family. Under ideal conditions, it can grow an astonishing 10 inches in a 24 hour period.

The Romans brought it to England and by the 16th century all the royal courts were mad for it. By the 17th century, asparagus was being grown commercially and one of the main areas it was grown in was Battersea in London. They called it Battersea Bundles!

Try these two asparagus recipes this week:

Asparagus Risotto, a Dairy Diary recipeAsparagus Risotto
Recipe taken from Dairy Diary.

 

 

 

 

Asparagus and Eggs

Asparagus withPoached Eggs

Recipe taken from Year Round Round Dairy Cookbook.

 

 

 

 

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Asparagus Risotto

Full-flavoured, deliciously sweet and tender, British asparagus is regularly described as the ‘best in the world’.

Asparagus Risotto, a Dairy Diary recipeServes 4
Time 40 mins
Calories 518 per portion
Fat 20g of which 11.9g is saturated
Suitable for vegetarians

Butter 25g (1oz)
Shallots 4, peeled and finely chopped
Garlic 1 clove, peeled and crushed
Risotto rice 300g (11oz)
White wine 150ml (¼ pint)
Hot vegetable stock 900ml (1½ pints)
Small asparagus spears 125g pack, trimmed
Frozen peas 110g (4oz)
Chopped flat-leaf parsley 2 tbsp
Stilton cheese 150g (5oz), cubed

1 Melt butter in a sauté pan and fry shallots and garlic for 3–4 minutes until softened. Stir in rice and fry for a further minute. Pour in wine and simmer to evaporate off.

2 Gradually stir in hot stock, cooking for 18–20 minutes, until rice is tender, and all stock has been absorbed.

3 About 5 minutes towards end of cooking time, add asparagus and peas.

4 Before serving, stir in parsley and half cheese, then season to taste. Spoon into bowls, scatter over remaining cheese and serve immediately.

A Dairy Diary recipe.

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Asparagus with poached eggs

The English asparagus season only lasts a couple of months, so make the most of this delicacy by serving in different ways, such as with ham and eggs. Roasting asparagus gives a stronger, brighter taste than steaming or boiling.

For more flavour, rub the bread with a cut clove of garlic or add garlic slivers to the roasting asparagus.

Asparagus and Eggs10 minutes preparation time
15 minutes cooking time
354 Kcal per portion
21.8g fat per portion of which
4.6g is saturated
4 servings

Asparagus spears 12, washed
Olive oil 4 tbsp
Rustic bread or ciabatta 4 large or 8 small slices
Parma or Serrano ham 6 slices, cut in half widthways
Wine or cider vinegar a dash
Eggs 4 large free-range
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Break the ends off the asparagus stalks where they naturally snap. Put the asparagus on a baking sheet, drizzle with 1 tbsp of the oil and rub it over the spears with your hands. Bake for 5 minutes.

2 Meanwhile, drizzle the rest of the oil over the slices of bread. When cooked, take the asparagus out of the oven and wrap half a piece of Parma ham around each stalk and put back on the baking sheet. Place the bread alongside. Bake for 10 minutes until the ham starts to go crispy, but do not overcook.

3 While the asparagus and bread are baking, bring a wide saucepan of water to the boil and add a dash of vinegar. Break in the eggs one at a time and let them poach over a gentle heat for 3–4 minutes, depending on how you like them.

4 Arrange the baked bread and roasted asparagus on four plates. Then carefully remove the poached eggs from the saucepan with a draining spoon and place on top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Cook’s tips
• Adding vinegar to the egg poaching water helps the eggs to coagulate more quickly – white, cider or rice is preferable to malt vinegar.
• Wrap the asparagus in Serrano ham, which is easier to handle than Parma ham. Bacon tends to unwrap itself and is too fatty.

Recipe taken from Year Round Round Dairy Cookbook.

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