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Asparagus, Two Ways; The Joys of House Hunting! — 21 Comments

  1. Very funny. The housing market here is very competitive at the moment, quite different. So I assume none of these houses is “the one.” Where are you moving?
    Love asparagus any way you cook it. Both these sound so good!

  2. Both of those asparagus dishes look good. Balsamic roasted asparagus is one one my favorites. For something different I sometimes add a bit of parmigiano reggiano.

  3. Love both of the asparagus recipes, especially as I found the end-of-the-season asparagus at our farmers’ market this morning. And the house hunting? Well, we looked at 50 houses before we bought the one we live in now — and the first thing we did when we bought this one was to tear out the old kitchen. A house with no work left to do is no fun at all!

  4. Good luck my dear. It sounds like you need some. It also sounds like you are taking everything in stride and with the right amount of humor, which is good. When you find the one, it will call your name. Nice asparagus recipes, both. Too bad their season is ending.

  5. seem people there don’t like window…can keep you warm in winter, eh?
    these asparagus are perfect to go with your bbq ribs!

  6. Unfortunatley my three gentlemen are not very fond of asparagus, they are glad that the end of season is only 9 days away…

  7. House hunting is hell. Not looking forward to it, even though I am craving a garden to grow my own produce, including asparagus. Lovely recipes. The Chinese treatment is a regular in my kitchen.

  8. Oddly, our current house was the first one we looked at – but we were so unsure that we then looked at all the others available before deciding that that first one really was _the_ one! Good luck – it doesn’t sound promising but I think the right one is just around the corner! Glad you liked the blog award I sent you!

  9. How funny! Expecially because of the realestate agent who was just insisting that we clear everything out.
    “No one wants to see a television” WHAT?
    We’ll wait to sell. In the mean time I am making some balsamic asparagus!

  10. Ah the joys of house shopping (as i clench my jaws). We are looking near us (45 minutes from Narbonne or Beziers) for a fixer-up and have had no luck but the prices seem to be going down so that is working in our favor. We dont want a ready to move in one either, no fun! Barns and rotten make me salivate as does your lovely asian salad!

  11. So I don’t get it — why does the french housing market sound so much so painful, and the french home designers so much more incompetent? Rotting floorboards? Bathrooms not hooked into the sceptic tank? Agents that forget keys twice??? How absurd! What on earth is the deal?

  12. Tanna, thanks…we need it.
    Kalyn, that’s part of the problem, we think we have, finally, settled on an area. Should make things easier.
    Kevin, a bit of Parmigiana – always a welcome addition
    Lydia, the one we like doesn’t even have a kitchen….
    Simona, eventually… we hope. Just takes the looking first.
    Gattina, so many of the houses have other buildings attached, so no windows.
    Thanks, Pat.
    Too bad!!! Ulrike… But, then, you can eat it all yourself!
    Val and Susan: you are both right. Fun and Hell both. No panic, we have 10 weeks to move… and it takes 12 to close.
    Zoomie, it’s out there, somewhere.
    Sandi, I remember the same when we sold our house in the U.S.
    Tigerfish, thanks!
    Riana, the one thing we are adamant about is the roof… we want a good roof. We can fix walls!
    Neen, it is different. For one thing, the houses are a lot older. The one with the rotting floor boards had parts dating to the 1400’s. As to the septic… well, these are farms…

  13. Aaaah How dissapointing! I know what you mean… here in Spain some years ago, when I had to move… I saw “houses” that wouldn’t be lived by neandertals!!!
    Asparagus are always good to rise… your mood 😀

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  15. We’re planning to stir-fry asparagus with ginger, garlic and fermented black beans tonight – what an excellent idea to add sesame seeds!
    -Elizabeth
    (We had the most brilliant dinner last night – grilled pork chops, herbs from the garden, toaster-oven roasted potatoes, asparagus with Hollandaise sauce… I love asparagus season!)