We're almost halfway through the year and we have yet to take our annual BFF vacation. So while we plan and wait for an open time for that, I traveled to Hong Kong for a long weekend's staycation. Our staycation involved homemade cocktails, neighborhood eats, and a nice night out (more on this soon). And, my best friend is naturally my best friend because we share a love for food, both eating and cooking. So cooking a dish at home became priority number one.
His day job as a flight attendant allows him to bring back fresh, seasonal produce from all over the world. On the morning of my arrival, he also flew in from Switzerland. He surprised me with a bundle of goodies - white asparagus from Germany! White asparagus is unique to spring and for only a short time in the later weeks of the season.
White asparagus has a delicate sweetness, and so it should be treated with a delicate simplicity. Honoring the vegetable and the lightness of spring, we simply roasted the asparagus and balanced it with a complementing sauce.
The penthouse floor gives Alvin access to a rooftop garden for his freshly grown herbs. Fresh herbs make all the difference in cooking. It brightens and livens any dish. With an abundance of parsley, we decided to make a parsley dressing with a creamy touch. And with health in mind, yogurt gave that creamy texture, while lemon and olive oil with a touch of seasoning brought it all together.
After cooking, prepping, and food styling the gorgeous plate, we spent an equal amount of time photographing all angles. Our time was truly rewarded with the succulently sweet bites of asparagus paired with sips of sparkling wine, European and American craft beers, and cocktails. Much can be said for staycations especially when they are this fun and indulgent.
For more about white asparagus and the details of our recipe, check out Alvin's Penthouse Kitchen!
|Food styling and photoshooting|
|The final product|