Good Morning

Asparagus

It is asparagus time again. It is a sign of Spring that they arrive in the store. My son lives in Switzerland on the German border and tells me in Germany they have stalls along the roads where you can buy them freshly picked from their mounds. We have both green and white asparaagus. The white ones grow in mounds to keep the sun away and keep them colourless. I use the green more for cooking in a risotto with rice. They give work with peeling them and chopping off the hard ends, but the result is a tasty evening meal.

Asparagus

Which we usually serve with ham and other dried meats. A sauce hollandaise  is also a companion, and no, I do not make it myself, although it has been known in the past. It is not worth the time and trouble. The local store delivers a good ready to make powder. It is a sort of tradition for us to eat it on Saturday evening.

I notice that my Facebook page now confronts me with the following

“Protecting Your Information

We understand the importance of keeping your data safe.

We have banned the app “This Is Your Digital Life,” which one of your friends used Facebook to log into.” etc.etc.

I know all about this and that Mr. Zuckerberg even had to appear in front of a government hearing, so what am I supposed to do. If you join Facebook, and even have a computer, your life is no longer your own. And so all my likes are registered – no problem, it is part of online life. Everyone knows all my secrets. I am sure it makes an impact when my digital life knows about the murders I have committed (none so far) and details of my school life (which is actually in a separate section and nothing record breaking). I even re-blog my WordPress articles, although on my own community, but it might not be a community,  a world data base.

It doesn’t bother me, if it did I would not have joined a social site, any social site, in the first place. When I go I will leave footsteps in the world data bank. I must add that a shirt and tie does not suit Mark Zuckerberg, I prefer him in a t-shirt.

Daffodils

My daffodils on the table on the porch have at last opened their flowers. They were a sort of special offier at the store and I did not know what colour they were. I was delighted to see they have orange centers. They will now stay on the porch and when they are finished I will plant them somewhere in the garden.

As I did not go anywhere yesterday and do interesting things, there is nothing new in Angloswiss land. I just had a easy day, practicing walking on my leg and hoping I do not fall down during the exercises.

Enjoy the Sunday, I will. I will have fun doing a bit of cleaning and cooking and might even go for a wheelie in my chair this afternoon. It is strange, housewife cleaning is always a chore but since I am recovering from being out of action with a broken leg, I treasure every little bit I can clean again and am even beginning to enjoy it. Somehow it shows me that things can get back to normal. When I am cleaning windows, I know that I have returned.

15 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. I love my Face Book community – I’ve met so many interesting people and tracked down school classmates too. I think the tracking of data happens when you log into apps from Face Book, which I never do anyway. Those Daffodils are beautiful but I’m not sure that I’m a fan of Asparagus!

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    • The white asparagus are very Tai and are grown in Switzerland as well as many surrounding European countries.. I don’t have a problem with Facebook, just do not join in with every birdbrained idea

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  2. Very sensible about Facebook, and I totally agree; “They” already know everything about us and we just have to be careful not to be fooled by scammers.
    And thanks for putting George Formby’s picture there; I can just hear him singing “I’m standing by the lamppost at the corner of the street, in case a certain little lady comes (or was it goes?) by” with his banjolele. Good old days?

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    • I crosspost my blogs in Facebook, but do not play their strange games and have no interest in knowing that someone’s washing machine has broken down again. George Formby was a little before my time, but I do remember him. He was quite good with his ukelele

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  3. The oldest asparagus fields in Germany are in Schwetzingen (near Heidelberg). This year they celebrate 350 years of asparagus cultivation. They are considered the best overall because the local soil is best for their cultivation and the climate is mild. But, in my mind more importantly is to get them fresh, i.e. bought on the day of the harvest from roadside stalls. Of course, I have the best of both worlds: I live about 20km from Schwetzingen. Enjoy Spargelzeit!

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    • I like asparagus and have also heard that the best are those you can eat fresh “gestochen”, but that is something I will never be able to sample. My daughter-in-law is from the Mosel area and grew up knowing about the fresh asparagus you can buy at the roadside.

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  4. I was just telling someone else about how we used to eat the stalks from a native yuccas as asparagus. The looked and tasted like asparagus, but were much bigger. We peeled them and sliced them into patties a few inches wide. Instead of a dozen or so asparagus stalks, we had just one piece of stalk at a time. they were about three inches wide.

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      • The tropical specie do not tolerate the cold. The desert specie tolerate the cold, but not the rain in winter. For some reason, they are popular as exotics in colder climates like Denmark. (One of the more educated collectors happens to be in Denmark.) Some are grown in the Mediterranean Region. However, the species that is native where I went to school is probably not imported. It is not one of the more desirable types.

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        • I think we do have them in Switzerland, but only those that tolerate the colder temperatures. Down in the Tessin, the Italian part of Switzerland, you would see them more as they have warmer temperatures.

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          • Those in Switzerland are probably from Texas and New Mexico. Not only do they tolerate very cold weather, but they are prettier than those in California. The Joshua trees in the Mojave Desert in Southern California tolerate the cold, but not the rain, and they would be very ugly in Switzerland. (They can be very ugly in their native environment if they get too much water.) There is a small Yucca galuca (which has a few common names) that is a terrestrial perennial (that does not form trunks) that would do quite well even there. It lives as far north as Calgary! It is seriously tough. The flower stalks are smaller than those that I am familiar with, but are abundant (because each plant has multiple rosettes), and they have better flavor than ours do! They would be more like big asparagus, without being TOO big (like ours). They are not as fancy as other specie, but they happen to be one of my favorites because they are so tough and proportionate to home gardens. I have noticed in pictures of gardens in Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece that North American plants, particularly yuccas, agaves and cacti, are as popular there as Mediterranean plants are here.

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