Did you all have a wonderful weekend celebrating your mothers and if applicable being celebrated as a mother? I got the most amazing gift of all times. My husband got up with our kids, got them dressed and left with them so I could sleep in without them screaming at the bedroom door because they absolutely need ME to take out the Avengers or Frozen spoon out of the drawer and hand it to them to eat breakfast. Daddy just can’t do it. He can’t. It HAS to be mommy. Yes! Things like this happen here on a regular basis. I obviously completely ignore that screaming when it’s my turn to sleep in, but “sleeping” I do very little on those mornings of course. On Sunday, however, my more than awesome husband, made absolutely sure I could “sleep” in. I didn’t wake until 10:30 am and I felt like on those days as a university student, living alone, when I used to get up at 3 in the afternoon. WOW!! I made myself coffee and drank it HOT and in TRANQUILITY!!! WOW again! Then love-you-to-the-moon-and-back-husband and love-them-to-the-moon-and-back children came home with breakfast and we enjoyed the day just chilling and watching movies and playing and hanging out as a family. I loved my mothers day so much! We were able to talk to the grandmas over Skype to tell them how important they are to us and we were even able to talk to one great-grandma to tell her the same thing. Thank you God or Universe or whatever everybody believes in for such a well-rested, wonderful, love-filled day!! I hope you were equally lucky and were able to enjoy it as much as I did.
Now back to regular life! In need of a super quick and easy lunch? 15 minutes and boiling water in a pot quick and easy enough? This Parmesan Asparagus with Smoked Salmon recipe is for YOU! I am often faced with extremely hungry little dwarfs that keep opening the fridge while I cook asking to eat mustard or butter or whatever looks appealing to them when according to them they are “dyyying” of hunger. I love having some smoked salmon in the fridge for a quick meal and I always, always, always have big chunks of Parmesan in the freezer. I tend to buy 1 kg of Parmesan, because it is much cheaper when bought in bulk, and then freeze it in about 100g pieces. Parmesan can very easily be grated when frozen, so it doesn’t even have to be defrosted before its use. If you grate it over hot pasta or vegetables it defrosts that right moment and you can pop the rest of your frozen chunk of cheese right back in the freezer. Green asparagus doesn’t have to be peeled and cooks very fast in a large saucepan completely submerged in water and a soft boiled egg can be made in that same saucepan together with the asparagus so only one big pan or pot is needed. I don’t think I have to mention how amazing this tastes. If you know what salty Parmesan cheese, crisp green asparagus, silky smoked salmon and a soft and smooth egg yolk feels like on your tongue (did I get you drooling already?) then you can probably imagine how well all this tastes together at the same time. The soft and smooth egg yolk serves as your sauce because making sauce hollandaise is obviously out of the question when in a rush. I can’t say it tastes almost the same because, come on, who and what can compete with homemade sauce hollandaise, but it does give the dish a very, very, very nice flavor.