Vernal Equinox, the balance of day and night

That time has come to us once again.  The day and night find a balance.  We reemerge from the shadows to find the joys of lighter clothes, animals freaking and plants bursting forth with color and fragrance to relieve our tired winter senses.  Even for a crank like me, spring holds me in it’s spell.

Spring, most importantly, mean asparagus.  That complexly flavored veggie that only stays around for a few short weeks. But oh, what a glorious few weeks it is.  Rising out of the ground like a tiny chlorophyll packed tower just waiting to make you feel awkward about the way your pee smells in a public restroom.  Grilled, steamed or made into soup, bring it on till it runs dry.

asparagus

chilled asparagus soup with yogurt, meyer lemon and terragon swirl and fried tips and meyer lemon zest

chilled asparagus soup with yogurt, meyer lemon and terragon swirl and fried tips and meyer lemon zest

So, to you I say, happy spring.  It’s almost time to set aside root veggies and indulge in a sensuous new cooking season. May it bring you closer to nature in a way you never thought imaginable.