Turkey & Asparagus Lo Mein; spring

Asparagus season is here.

Once again, mon mari is roaming the markets in search of green asparagus.

Now that I have my Instant Pot, and have figured out how to cook the fat white asparagus, he is happy with that – as a second choice.

White asparagus is preferred in Europe so there is always less green. He’s figured out that if he goes a bit later he can often get a good deal on a large bag of the green.

There are times, however, when he has to content himself with what I can get in the shops…. which is usually white. Sometimes, if I’m lucky, I can find a particular kind of thin asparagus that is all white or white with purple tips.

It’s perfect for stir-fries and risottos.

And pasta.

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Turkey & Asparagus Lo Mein

Spring stir-fry of white asparagus, peas, and turkey, for two or easily expand for a family.
See notes for substitutions.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Stir Fry

Ingredients

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  • 12oz (360gr) turkey, sliced into bite-size pieces
  • 6oz (180gr) thin white asparagus or any green asparagus
  • 1 cup (5oz, 130gr) peas, frozen, no need to thaw
  • 2 medium shallots, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbs minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs miso
  • 1/4 cup (2oz, 60ml) sherry
  • 1/4 cup (2oz, 60ml) chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) water
  • 1 tbs maizena (cornstarch)
  • 4oz (120gr) ramen noodles or spaghetti 

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package instructions. 
  • Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. 
  • Add shallots, asparagus, and sauté for 5 minutes. 
  • Add garlic, ginger, turkey, and sauté for 5 minutes longer. 
  • Add peas, sherry, miso, chicken stock, half of the water, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. 
  • Dissolve the cornstarch in the remaining water and add to the skillet, stirring until thickened.
  • Add drained noodles, toss well and serve.

Notes

Substitute fresh peas for the frozen, adding at the same time.
1 tbs soy sauce can be used in place of the miso.
1/2 tsp ground ginger for the 2 tbs minced

Keywords: lo mein, turkey, asparagus

Turkey & Asparagus Lo Mein

Thankfully, onions, shallots and lettuce all like cool weather.

When mon mari tilled the potager in the middle of March we had been having beautiful, sunny, warm weather.

I did my hoeing and rock removal and planted the cool weather crops.

It promptly got cold. We had frosts 3 morning in a row and the days, while sunny, were cursed with an icy wind.

The onions, shallots, and lettuce did fine.

I, however, was no longer willing to brave the cold winds to work there.

I moved to the old herb garden.

It’s like a sun-trap. The rest of the world is freezing but the wind doesn’t touch this little section of our property. I need a jacket over a sweatshirt everywhere else but here I’m in shirt-sleeves.

I still have marjoram (right) garlic chives, oregano, and sage (left) and a lot of weeds growing here.

I spent a couple of lovely afternoons tidying it up and enjoying the warm sunshine.

This is the before photo.

My seedlings are doing well.

Some are ready to go in the ground as soon as it warms up a bit. The tomatoes will be ready by the middle of May.

On windy days I put them in the old herb garden for some sunshine.

On calmer days they go on the balcony.

Hard to believe we’ll be eating tomatoes in a few months.

3 thoughts on “Turkey & Asparagus Lo Mein; spring”

  1. This recipe looks yummers! I think I’ve mentioned before though that I never see white asparagus here. Never. I do have five or six stalks that come up every year in a flowerbed in the front. I have no idea where they came from. We’ve been here six years this October and I just started seeing them two years ago. I didn’t plant them.

    It’s not too bad out here today. Almost 56 right now. But we’re supposed to get at least 4 inches of snow overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, so I’m holding off on any garden work, flowers or otherwise. Next weekend I think is the turning point from the looks of it, so I’ll wait.

    • I remember snow in May in MN / Wisc. Here the farmers say not to plant until after ‘the 3 ice saints’. I’m not sure which saints they are but their ‘days’ are 13,14, & 15 May. I thought it was just a French thing but I heard a German mention it the other day, I do wait to put the tomatoes out until then, but the other stuff has to take their chances.

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