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(BBC)   Springtime in Germany means annual near-orgasmic obsession with asparagus has begun. "Who knows what the mixture of phallic symbolism and fertile soil means in the German psyche"   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 88
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2012-04-23 12:08:03 AM  
Germans getting together and getting whipped up into a frenzy is always a hoot.
 
2012-04-23 12:30:25 AM  
♫Winter for Poland and Fraaaannnccee♫
 
2012-04-23 01:02:17 AM  
Springtime.

You know who else loved Springtime?

img.photobucket.com
 
2012-04-23 01:28:49 AM  
They only invaded Western Europe for their Hollandaise Sauce.

/csb
 
2012-04-23 04:21:23 AM  
Mmmmm. Spargle. It is really freaking good. Try some and you will understand why the Germans are obsessed with it.
 
2012-04-23 05:10:37 AM  
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/fap
 
2012-04-23 05:10:41 AM  
aaaarrrggghhhhh asparagus vile weed that it is....and makes your piss smell worse than a never cleaned port-a- john at a construction site
 
2012-04-23 05:17:43 AM  
Spargelzeit Whargarrblzeit.

I hate asparagus and spargelzeit can suck it.
 
2012-04-23 05:21:34 AM  
I only like asparagus on the grill, with brushed on olive oil and kosher salt.
But it is fantastic grilled.

However, reading the article:
every restaurant - offers its own specials of asparagus wrapped in bacon...

That might warrant trying
 
2012-04-23 05:28:32 AM  
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2012-04-23 05:28:51 AM  
Another reason to hate the Germans -- stinky pee.
 
2012-04-23 05:33:20 AM  
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2012-04-23 05:46:50 AM  

SoxSweepAgain: Springtime.

You know who else loved Springtime?

[img.photobucket.com image 204x316]


♫Springtime for asparagus and Germany!♫

All hail the Asparagus Queen!

www.donaukurier.de

I'd let her fondle my fringe.
 
2012-04-23 05:47:21 AM  
WTH is that a picture of?

Asparagus marinated and grilled. Divine.
 
2012-04-23 05:53:38 AM  
Gimme that Daniela Kugler, the asparagus queen. I'd eat it raw or steamy.
 
2012-04-23 05:55:45 AM  
Asparagus doesn't seem to like Florida much. I get puny yields.
 
2012-04-23 05:56:18 AM  
Yep... the Herms are stupid for it. We broke our 2012 Spargel-cherry in Kostheim yesterday with plenty of Rheingau Riesling. I did not sniff my pee though.
 
2012-04-23 06:05:25 AM  
German cooking is not as cosmopolitan as that in Britain, perhaps because Britain is a more mongrel country.


spotteddick.net
 
2012-04-23 06:14:05 AM  
Ah, Spargelzeit.

/I had cooked Spargel with bacon in a whole-wheat pancake with a buttery sauce on Sunday.
//It was delicious!
///Will have Spargel at least once a week this month.
 
2012-04-23 06:17:47 AM  

Alphager: Ah, Spargelzeit.

/I had cooked Spargel with bacon in a whole-wheat pancake with a buttery sauce on Sunday.
//It was delicious!
///Will have Spargel at least once a week this month.


I want one.
 
2012-04-23 06:19:02 AM  
I had Spargel with potatoes and Orange Sauce Hollandaise yesterday, along with pretzels and a mug of Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel.

Your envy is delicious and most welcome.
 
2012-04-23 06:24:57 AM  

Hetfield: I had Spargel with potatoes and Orange Sauce Hollandaise yesterday, along with pretzels and a mug of Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel.

Your envy is delicious and most welcome.


Ayinger Dunkles is nice when its fresh, great on draft.

its available in the US now in a lot of specialty shops, but usually its kinda old and stale.

this is the problem with german beer and their purity law: by the time the beer is made, put on a ship and makes it thru the supply chain from German Brewery to American Market, its often at the end of its ideal freshness.
 
2012-04-23 06:32:39 AM  
Do Not GIS "asparagus girl"
 
2012-04-23 06:39:09 AM  

Father_Jack: this is the problem with german beer and their purity law: by the time the beer is made, put on a ship and makes it thru the supply chain from German Brewery to American Market, its often at the end of its ideal freshness.


I've never had that problem with imported bottled beer.
 
2012-04-23 06:47:16 AM  

monstera: Do Not GIS "asparagus girl"


This was less entertaining than I had hoped.
 
2012-04-23 06:54:00 AM  
Stinky pee aside, asparagus is the food of the gods... Lightly steamed, broiled, baked in an egg puff with bacon... [homerwithtonguehangingout.jpg]

Growing up, during this time of the year mom would send my little brother out with a paring knife to collect asparagus for dinner. He became quite expert at it. He was also pretty good at finding morel mushrooms which work well sauteed with asparagus and butter. Yum yum.

Mom even has become evangelical about the wonders of asparagus... Last year when her neighbor's little daughter wanted to grow asparagus she had me come over with some lumber and a truckload of stable dirt and the three of us made a raised bed, so there's a 9-year-old who's probably getting her first harvest this year.
 
2012-04-23 06:56:29 AM  
My Parents came to visit me around easter time in my first year in Germany. We went out to a restaurant and everything on the menu came with spargal, we couldn't work out what the hell it could be and the waitress didn't know the English for it.

Later we were visiting a local town and the had a spargel market., literally hundreds of stalls selling apsparagus. We worked out what it was but the Ger,an asparagus is thick and white, not thin and green, they see the green stuff as inferior.
 
2012-04-23 06:58:59 AM  
Eh, asparagus is unpleasantly bitter for my tastes. It's good if it has been thoroughly roasted or grilled and coated with enough butter and lemon and salt.

This article did teach me something, however; I was previously unaware that German cookery involved anything other than bread, potatoes, and sausage.
 
2012-04-23 07:06:22 AM  

Gawdzila: Eh, asparagus is unpleasantly bitter for my tastes. It's good if it has been thoroughly roasted or grilled and coated with enough butter and lemon and salt.

This article did teach me something, however; I was previously unaware that German cookery involved anything other than bread, potatoes, and sausage.


Mr.S. refused to eat asparagus when we first met because somebody made him eat canned asparagus when he was a child. I marinate it in olive oil, lemon, fresh garlic, red and black pepper and grill it. He loves it. Also, in an omelette with shrimp and gouda. Yum.
 
2012-04-23 07:10:53 AM  
"Germans, incidentally, sometimes sneer at British cooking. I point out that it is actually the most varied cuisine in the world"
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"We know that chicken tikka massala is the British national dish."

Psst... that's not actually British food...
 
2012-04-23 07:12:40 AM  

SoxSweepAgain: Springtime.

You know who else loved Springtime?

[img.photobucket.com image 204x316]


3rd and done.

/leaving satisfied
 
2012-04-23 07:14:49 AM  
"Who knows what the mixture of phallic symbolism and fertile soil means in the German psyche"

Does it have something to do with poop?

\low hanging fruit
\\too early
 
2012-04-23 07:17:43 AM  
Asparagus is an odd choice considering the German obsession with water sports.
 
2012-04-23 07:23:39 AM  

AbbeySomeone: Gawdzila: Eh, asparagus is unpleasantly bitter for my tastes. It's good if it has been thoroughly roasted or grilled and coated with enough butter and lemon and salt.

This article did teach me something, however; I was previously unaware that German cookery involved anything other than bread, potatoes, and sausage.

Mr.S. refused to eat asparagus when we first met because somebody made him eat canned asparagus when he was a child. I marinate it in olive oil, lemon, fresh garlic, red and black pepper and grill it. He loves it. Also, in an omelette with shrimp and gouda. Yum.


Hmm.. I never ate asparagus at all as a child, actually. And I've never even seen canned asparagus that I can remember -- at least, nowhere near any grocery basket I've eaten the contents of. I've certainly tried it out of people's gardens, though. But like I said, if its soaked in lemon and thoroughly charred, I'm sure I'd like it. Dunno how I feel about the idea of eating it with egg and shrimp and gouda; aside from the fact that seafood+cheese is not something I'm wild about, it sounds like it would taste asparagus-y in that sort of preparation. I'm always willing to give things a try, though.
 
2012-04-23 07:23:57 AM  
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2012-04-23 07:43:24 AM  
AbbeySomeone:

Mr.S. refused to eat asparagus when we first met because somebody made him eat canned asparagus when he was a child. I marinate it in olive oil, lemon, fresh garlic, red and black pepper and grill it. He loves it. Also, in an omelette with shrimp and gouda. Yum.

Canned *anything* is liable to be awful. I used to date a woman who, despite her other charms, liked these:

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NO! Just... NO!

I can see why canned asparagus would warp someone forever.
 
2012-04-23 07:58:33 AM  
I live in Hadley, MA... we're playing up 'grass as the new big product. Used to be tobacco-best cigar wrappers in the world were Connecticut Valley Leaf.
 
2012-04-23 08:01:34 AM  

Corporate Mofo: I live in Hadley, MA... we're playing up 'grass as the new big product. Used to be tobacco-best cigar wrappers in the world were Connecticut Valley Leaf.


I'm seeing the words but have no idea what they mean.
 
2012-04-23 08:01:35 AM  
I planted several asparagus crowns in my garden last year. I really can't wait until next year when I can actually harvest some spears.
 
2012-04-23 08:08:40 AM  
Any people who grow asparagus at home notice a lack of smelly pee? I recall reading an article (could have been wiki) that argued because asparagus making pee smell isn't mentioned in historical records it is likely due modern farming methods.
 
2012-04-23 08:19:34 AM  
jingks:

Any people who grow asparagus at home notice a lack of smelly pee? I recall reading an article (could have been wiki) that argued because asparagus making pee smell isn't mentioned in historical records it is likely due modern farming methods.

Someone evidently gas-chromatographed asparagus pee.

Personally, I've never noticed it, but then I'm a guy. We don't notice all sorts of stenches. I can say that I've had asparagus grown in all sorts of mediums, and have never really noticed a difference in the smell. And really, I don't care, because at that point I'm full of yummy asparagus.
 
2012-04-23 08:26:33 AM  

AbbeySomeone: Corporate Mofo: I live in Hadley, MA... we're playing up 'grass as the new big product. Used to be tobacco-best cigar wrappers in the world were Connecticut Valley Leaf.

I'm seeing the words but have no idea what they mean.


In the Connecticut Valley, there are tobacco farms. They grow a type of tobacco which is used to wrap cigars. It's very good, apparently.
It's grown in partial shade, so they call it shade-leaf tobacco.
 
2012-04-23 08:27:09 AM  

Gawdzila: "Germans, incidentally, sometimes sneer at British cooking. I point out that it is actually the most varied cuisine in the world"
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"We know that chicken tikka massala is the British national dish."

Psst... that's not actually British food...


You don't consider Scotland to be part of Britain??

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicken_tikka_masala
 
2012-04-23 08:30:10 AM  
German cooking is not as cosmopolitan as that in Britain, perhaps because Britain is a more mongrel country.

Are you f*cking kidding me?

Oh and spargelfest rules.
 
2012-04-23 08:32:51 AM  

jingks: Any people who grow asparagus at home notice a lack of smelly pee? I recall reading an article (could have been wiki) that argued because asparagus making pee smell isn't mentioned in historical records it is likely due modern farming methods.


From the Straight Dope site: Link

Apparently not everyone gets to have stinky pee. One article i read a while back stated that if it doesn't smell(the pee) then there might be a problem with the kidneys, or something, i forget.

/aspar pee stinks worse that cat spray imo, but i still eat the stuff by the bushel.
 
2012-04-23 08:34:05 AM  

Gawdzila: Eh, asparagus is unpleasantly bitter for my tastes. It's good if it has been thoroughly roasted or grilled and coated with enough butter and lemon and salt.


Therein lies the rub, eh? Seasonal white asparagus /= asparagus you get in the states in the middle of November. The latter is bitter and nasty.

Nowadays, at least stateside, all you can get is the shiat you get in the middle of November. Which is a real shame.
 
2012-04-23 08:36:08 AM  

Gawdzila: Psst... that's not actually British food...


Well it sure as hell isn't Indian.... it was invented in Britain for British people by British people who had come to the UK from India.

I'm not sure what you're sneering at re: the variety of British cuisine.

Are you assuming that British cuisine = jellied eels and spotted dick and that British cooking can't possibly involve inspiration, ingredients or techniques from anywhere outside Britain?

Here's a link to the last really good restaurant I visited. British chef, mainly British ingredients, mainly British cooking styles. Tell me it's not varied.

Link
 
2012-04-23 08:43:42 AM  
We planted crowna this year. In it for the long haul.
 
2012-04-23 08:46:12 AM  
How can canning asparagus turn it from the most wonderful vegetable in the world into the most vile muck evar?

My guess is that the asparagus partially digests in the can, releasing all the nasty sulfur which makes peeing after eating it such an interesting experience.
 
2012-04-23 08:46:53 AM  
Halt! Spargelzeit
 
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