Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Broiled Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce

So I'm back in Davis continuing my internship, and learning some pretty awesome cell and molecular biology. Overall, I think I am off to a pretty good start, except for the part where I got stuck in a pitch black elevator transporting hazardous materials on my first day back. And what I mean by that is I was transporting dishes from the lab that once carried hazardous materials, and the elevator stalled while all the lights went out.

However, I did make a pretty good meal with Charlotte and Rae, last night. The first part of the meal was broiled asparagus with Hollandaise sauce.  I've got to say, I love asparagus, but whenever I eat it I just think of that scene from Austin Powers in Goldmember when Austin replaces the urinating fountain while eating asparagus. If you haven't seen it just google Austin Powers and asparagus, but then again I don't want to ruin eating asparagus for you. Gosh, I have been watching Austin Powers since early middle school, and looking back I am not quite sure its the best movie for a fifth grader to watch when they are having trouble sleeping. But hey, its better than staying up and watching Law and Order SVU reruns with your parents.

Getting back to the asparagus, you have probably noticed my asparagus look a little wilted. This is because they are. We wanted to take pictures the night of, but we were a little distracted drinking wine and complaining. Well, Charlotte wasn't drinking at the time. Why didn't we have Charlotte take the pictures?! Oh well, wilted asparagus it is. 

Rae actually broiled the asparagus, and taught me that I have a broil button on my oven. This is some very handy information, I must say. Lets just ignore the fact that I didn't previously know this. There was nothing special about our broiling, just stick to the basics, and don't forget the salt and pepper! I really should stop forgetting such basic ingredients.

As for the hollandaise sauce, there are lots of different recipes, and I couldn't decide on which one I wanted so I just sort of winged it trying to go off memory. But the important part was 3 egg yolks, a tablespoon of lemon juice and two sticks of butter.  I don't like acknowledging that hollandaise sauce is basically flavored butter. I am still on the hunt for a good recipe that decreases the amount of butter significantly. Let me know if you know of a good light hollandaise sauce recipe. There are lots of recipes claiming you can make the sauce in a blender which always confuses me. I mean its not hollandaise sauce if there is not a serious threat of over cooking it. and having the ingredients separate into some sort of nasty, yellow miso soup, right?

Anyway, pick your favorite hollandaise sauce recipe, and if your at a loss just visit foodgawker, but remember to keep track of the time. Vegetables with hollandaise sauce is a common Easter dish. Hollandaise sauce also goes great with fish or almost anything that includes poached eggs. I really want to try asparagus topped with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.


  1. I love asparagus done this way. Yummy!!

    1. I completely agree, they are such an easy vegetable!


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