Have we all had enough of asparagus yet? I certainly haven’t. For me it’s the king of spring vegetables, transformer of the banal into the beatific. Throw a duck egg into the mix and you have either a deeply indulgent lunch or a simple dinner party starter.
1 duck egg
A handful of asparagus, trimmed and washed
Salt and pepper
A little melted butter (optional)
– Bring two pans of water to the boil. To the first carefully add the duck egg and simmer for 5 minutes. (If using a hen’s egg boil for 3-4).
– After the egg has been simmering for 2 minutes add the asparagus to the other pan along with a pinch of salt. Simmer for 3-4 minutes, removing the duck egg when appropriate. Drain the asparagus and serve immediately, with a few twists of pepper and a pinch of sea salt and, if feeling particularly self-indulgent, a pot of melted butter.