Fresh English Asparagus in season goes with almost anything – eat and enjoy while it is in season says Anthony Sargeant

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Anthony J Sargeant cooked this fish stew (smoked Cod poached in Langoustine stock with added vegetables) and served with fresh English Asparagus as a side dish.

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Asparagus Season in England – April 2018

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Anthony J Sargeant says that you should not waste the trimmings when you snap off the base of the asparagus.

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First trim the scales off the asparagus (they are very fibrous and it is best to remove them from the whole of the stalk up to about an inch or two of the top of the stalk). Do this before snapping off the bottom section of the stalk. But retain this trimming and using a sharp knife chop thin cress sections down towards the base. If you feel any woody resistance discard that very last section (often there is none). Sweat off some onion in butter (but do not brown) then add the thinly sliced asparagus sections and cook until tender. Add some chicken stock cook-off then liquidise, with seasoning added as required, until smooth. The result is a smooth asparagus soup which can be garnished with chives and perhaps a swirl of double cream. It is delicious and sweet.

Asparagus Season in England – Enjoy

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Fresh Asparagus is in season in England. This was supper prepared a few evenings ago by Anthony J Sargeant. There is so little to do but the result is delicious. Served with melted butter, sea salt and grated parmesan topped with a poached egg. It was not necessary but served with a slice of quiche and a spoonful of Hollandaise.

Smoked Cod Poached in Milk

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Smoked Fillet of Cod was cooked by Anthony J Sargeant for supper yesterday evening 21st April 2018. Poached in milk then the cod was reserved while the milk was thickened with creme fraiche and reduced somewhat. The fish was returned to rewarm in the sauce and served with a poached egg yolk and capers and chopped chives. With small new potatoes and sugar snaps

Fillet of poached smoked cod sprinkled with chives, topped with a poached egg andserved with a milk and creme fraiche sauce, sugar snaps and new potatoes

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Aerial view of Naarden in The Netherlands – a classic star fortress in Het Gooi

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aerial of Naarden

Anthony J Sargeant had a home just outside the fortress which he bought in 1985. It was a three storey wooden house built at the end of the 19th Century. At that time only houses built of wood were allowed outside the fortress itself. In the event of war those houses that might provide cover for an enemy advancing on the fortress could be burnt to the ground to give the guns a clear field of fire. It was a wonderful house where his two children spent the early years of their life.

Rain in Shropshire leads to flooding of the water meadows around the River Corve

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Anthony J Sargeant took this photograph from a bedroom window of his Shropshire (England) home on the 31st March 2018. The view is towards the east and the normally gentle River Corve has burst its banks and flooded out across the low lying meadows that flank the rivers normal course. Normally the river cannot be seen from the window it lies in a river course that runs along the line of the bushes going from right to left about a third of the way up from the bottom of the picture.