Asparagus Omelet; Weeds, Wandering French Guys…

Asparagus Omelet

 A small, empty, flatbed truck pulled up to our house Thursday morning.  A man and his young son got out and proceeded to rattle on in rapid French.  (Is there any other kind?)

At first I thought, because of the empty truck, he was looking to collect scraps, of either wood or metal.  I really didn’t want to take the time to try to understand so I just kept saying ‘non’.

He finally gave up and handed me a little typed sheet with his name and a list of jobs he would do.

Top of the list was ‘Big Garden Projects’.

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Hmmm….

We happen to have a hectare of weeds desperately in need of a trimming.

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In some cases the weeds have turned into actual trees.

I asked him if he could turn our field into a proper lawn.

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Never mind that it has never been a proper lawn and is full of ditches, mounds, brambles, bushes, trees, rabbits, snakes and vipers.

Always ask for the best!

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We walked around and looked.  He asked if he could come back later with his friend.

Of course!

He and a friend came back a couple of hours later.

They walked around, talking and gesturing.

The friend (the ‘negotiator’) quoted me a price. I told him it was too much.  They left.

The two guys and a third friend came back later that afternoon.

They walked around, talking and gesturing.

Then they walked around the house, inspecting the walls and roof.

Then the ‘negotiator’ got to work.

To make a very, very, very long story short, in addition to cutting the weeds, the trees, the bushes, cleaning it all up and hauling it away, they wanted to fix the crack and holes on the side of the barn, repair the barn flour, build a staircase, paint the back of the house, fix a crack and paint the side of the house, shore up the platform in the barn where we have the boxes, and, for all I know, scrub the kitchen sink.

The repair of the barn wall was proposed separately, with a price…

Which we said was too much….

He then added an additional piece of work for only a small amount more.

When we said it was too much, another piece was added for only a small amount more.

I would put this guy up against any Union negotiator anywhere in the world.

He would run around, demonstrating his work, helping us envision how wonderful it would look.

The guy was good.

We finally settled on the original weed/tree project, plus the repair of the barn wall…. Which we got for the original quote for the weeds…. Which we said was too high.Blogyouromelet_small

I think….

It was getting very confusing….

But, I’m not confused about this.

I know I want to participate in the Blog Your Omelet party that Núria, of Spanish Recipes is having.
She’ll have a recap of all the Omelets, Frittatas and Quiches on May 18th.

I also know that there is nothing unique or newsworthy about an Asparagus Omelet.

But….

Sometimes we have to stop being inventive and just enjoy the season’s bounty.

Asparagus and Green Garlic Omelet

And enjoy it simply….

Asparagus and Green Garlic Omelet

10oz (300gr) green asparagus,thin if possible
4 egg
3 green garlic
2oz (60gr) strong, ripe, soft French cheese  Coulommiers, Brie, Camembert
1 tbs olive oil

Asparagus:  Snap off bottom ends of asparagus.  Cut into 1 1/2″ (4cm) pieces.  Bring a medium saucepan half full of water to a boil.  Blanch the asparagus for 2 minutes.  Drain and plunge into a bowl of cold water.  Drain again and lay out on paper towels to dry.
Omelet: Trim green garlic and slice, using as much green as possible.  Whisk eggs.  In a medium nonstick skillet (8″. 20cm) heat 1 tbs oil.  Add green garlic, asparagus and sauté 4 minutes.  Add the eggs.  Let cook a minute or two, then life up the edges to let the uncooked egg run under. Cut the cheese into smallish pieces and lay on top.  When almost done, remove from heat, cover and let rest for a minute or two.  Remove, cut into wedges and serve.

As to the lads and the work?  Stay tuned….

12 thoughts on “Asparagus Omelet; Weeds, Wandering French Guys…”

  1. Sounds like quite an operator, that guy. I would be so easily taken, especially with my horrid French.
    The omelet sounds good!

  2. Thanks so much dear Katie for joining 😀 😀 :D. Are the asparragus collected in your yard? I love simple things and simple recipes and this one is sooooo tasty with the seasonal veggies.
    Your stories always entertain and amuse me ;D. I’ll stay tunned!
    Thanks and good luck with the Iberian Acorn Ham 😀

  3. I can’t decide which party hit the jackpot from this negotiation. Time will tell, and in the meantime, there’s asparagus to enjoy!

  4. In a heartbeat! That’s how fast I would have had him hired! My knees are aching like the dickens from all the garden work this past few weeks!
    And because of all that work in the yard, a simple supper like this omelet is just the ticket! Sometimes simple IS best.

  5. New idea! Bargain with them by offering to make them asparagus omelets for lunch while they work – for a small reduction in the price…

  6. Oh, isn’t that grassy stuff just horrible? And you don’t even notice it until overnight it comes up to your shoulders! The stubble it leaves is really hard on the feet! And be assured it will come back next year, the roots are impossible to pull up (only done in small areas, not huge expanses).
    It will be interesting to see your recipe using your barn flour.

  7. Will be interesting to follow the progress of these smooth operators. We have hired a young guy to spread mulch – so far the piles are no smaller. The omelet looks good.

  8. Mimi, we probably were… But, we got the work done!
    Tanna, they came back with a full crew… scary.
    Nuria, I wish I had wild asparagus! or even planted asparagus. I’ve never had a success with it… I covet the ham!
    Maria, even the snakes? Snakes love weedy gardens, too.
    Zoomie, I’m pretty sure they did ‘-))
    Cindy, sometimes it’s not so much the money as the result…
    Zoomie… but they’re French! This would be foreign!
    Azurienne, the dogs hate walking in it.
    Penny, I just found out they went down to our neighbors when they finished with us.
    Jeanne, good – I need new omelet ideas! and it looks great!
    Natashya, soft, STINKY cheeses

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