Kitchen Pics + A Grilled Asparagus Feast

June 3, 2016 25 Comments

A Grilled Asparagus Feast

I’m baaaack….and I have kitchen reno pictures to prove that my little blog break was for good reason. I also have a pretty sweet grilled asparagus recipe that I hope you will accept as an apology.

Moving into this house almost two years ago,  my husband and I were super thrilled to have a nice large open kitchen (disproportionally large in comparison to our little house). It had everything we needed, more than enough counter space, and plenty of storage. It wasn’t winning any beauty contests, but renovating it wasn’t really a top priority.

This is what it looked like…

Old Kitchen

Some of you may know that I’ve been working with the folks over at The French Barn (the Canadian distributer of Lacanche ranges) and sharing recipes and photographs on their blog.  Well……I got a pretty sweet opportunity to get one of their gorgeous ranges over into our kitchen, but our old kitchen clearly wasn’t ready to house (both physically and visually) the range that we wanted, a beautiful 40″ Lacanche Chagny. We weren’t ready to gut the kitchen, so we brainstormed ways to make it work. All it would take was painting some of the cabinets, getting a new counter top, tiling the walls, removing some of the other cabinets, getting a gas line and an external exhaust, painting (and re-painting) some more, putting up some shelves, getting a new pantry, and installing some lights. It would take the two of us just a few weekends. Piece of cake!……….HAHAHA!!!! I think we missed just a few steps.

New Kitchen with a Lacanche Chagny

New Kitchen with a Lacanche Chagny

New Kitchen Pantry

It started in March and well……we’re still working on it, but it’s mostly finished, with a only a few items remaining. We’re still alive….and married….and I have to say that even though it was WAY more work than we anticipated, it was actually enjoyable to work on this project together and quite rewarding to watch the new kitchen come to life.

New Kitchen with a Lacanche Chagny

If you’re curious about my partnership with The French Barn, it mostly involves the work that I will continue to do on their blog (all of my posts can be found here). I’ve agreed to do some social media promotion as well, but they are not sponsoring any of the content on my blog. The range will be popping up in my photos, because it is now the central and most beautiful piece in my kitchen, but I just want to let you know that the posts here, on From the Land we Live on, are not part of any promotional work, while some posts on my Facebook and Instagram channels will be.

I suppose it’s a little ironic that even though I’m super excited about our new range and kitchen, that today’s recipe comes from the grill in our back yard. Asparagus is at its best when slightly charred on the outside while still crisp, and a quick pass across the grill is my favourite way to cook it. So, today I’m celebrating our gorgeous new range, the almost-done kitchen, asparagus season, and the outdoor grill that’s been keeping us well fed while we worked on getting it all together :)

A Grilled Asparagus Feast

Grilled Asparagus

Grilled Asparagus

I don’t really know what to call this dish….it’s like a grilled veggie platter + a potato hash with some eggs-Benedict-like stuff going on, but with hard boiled eggs. Weird…but really really delicious. It won’t be something that you make on a week night, but with some do-ahead prep work it’ll come together in less than half and hour, should you choose to serve it for a special brunch or a side dish at your next dinner party. I was lucky to get to feast on this platter all by myself, with the camera still strapped around my neck, but I’m looking forward to making it again for my husband and I to share in celebration of all the awesome things that have greeted us this spring, after we put the finishing touches on the kitchen :)

A Grilled Asparagus Feast

A Grilled Asparagus Feast

Ingredients

    Grilled Asparagus
  • 1 large bunch of asparagus (~1.5 lb), trimmed
  • olive oil and salt, for seasoning
  • half a lemon
  • Garlic Potato Hash
  • 1 cup of baby potatoes, boiled
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • butter for sautéing
  • salt, for seasoning
  • Horseradish Hollandaise (Adapted from Izy Hossak via. Jaime Kennedy )
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 Tbsp. of lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. freshly grated horseradish (sub 1 tsp. prepared horseradish or dijon mustard)
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • hot water, for thinning
  • Toppings and Garnishes
  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • 3 radishes, thinly sliced
  • tarragon leaves, for garnish
  • chives and/or chive flowers, for garnish
  • brassica flowers, for garnish (optional)
  • freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Boil the eggs and potatoes in advance (you can do this up to a few days ahead, or right before starting). Slice the potatoes in halves or quarters (depending on their size), and the eggs into lengthwise quarters or slices. Chop the garlic.
  2. About 20 - 30 minutes before serving, heat up the grill to 500°F. Toss the trimmed asparagus with a little bit of olive oil and a generous sprinkling of salt.
  3. Place the asparagus on to the grill, and with the lid up, let it char on one side for about a minute, then roll if over and let it char on the other side. Don't over cook it, it should be tender-crisp with some charred bits. Remove it from the grill.
  4. Squeeze half a lemon over the asparagus, toss, and season with more salt, if necessary. Set it aside.
  5. Melt butter in a medium cast iron skillet over low-medium heat and saute the garlic for a few seconds, until fragrant. Add the sliced (pre-boiled) potatoes and cook on low heat for about 5 minutes, toss them with a spatula, and cook for a few more minutes, until lightly golden in some areas. Take care not to burn the garlic.
  6. Arrange the grilled asparagus, potatoes, eggs, and radishes on a large platter.
  7. Right before serving, make the hollandaise sauce. It'll only take a few minutes, and these step-by-step instructions are fantastic. The only changes that I made were adding in the fresh horseradish instead of the mustard, adding some salt to the egg yolks, and whisking in a little bit of hot water at the end to thin it out (vs. the recommended vinegar).
  8. Spoon the warm hollandaise over the eggs and garnish with herbs, flowers, and black pepper.
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25 Comments

  1. Reply

    Ksenia @ At the Immigrant’s Table

    June 3, 2016

    Sofia, this asparagus feast is absolutely mouthwatering, bla bla bla… But your KITCHEN!!! That RANGE!!! My heart is absolutely fluttering with excitement for you. What a sweet, sweet addition to your house! Now I’m dying to visit even more ;p

    • Reply

      Sofia

      June 3, 2016

      Thanks so much, Ksenia :) Please do come visit next time you’re in Toronto! Would love to share a meal with you in the new kitchen :)

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    Colleen

    June 3, 2016

    Absolutely gorgeous kitchen! And the asparagus feast is pretty awesome too. Thanks for posting and enjoy that lovely range.

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    Alexandra | Occasionally Eggs

    June 3, 2016

    Woooah, your kitchen looks amazing! I love those blue cupboards! I have a huge pile of asparagus waiting to be eaten and I love this simple dinner idea, thank you! PS I’ve been following you on instagram forever and although I’m trying to work my way through subscribing to all my insta-friend blogs, I hadn’t gotten to yours yet. It’s awesome!

    • Reply

      Sofia

      June 3, 2016

      Glad you made it over :) Thanks, Alexandra. I’ve been following your insta too and now heading over to check out your blog…totally the same with working my way through insta-blog friends haha!

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    Shelley

    June 3, 2016

    Sofia, I’m not sure what’s more stunning, the range, the new kitchen, or this asparagus dish! Loving the blue cabinets, and that range is just so darn sexy. Can’t wait to see what goodness you cook up in the new space! Happy weekend, xx

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      Sofia

      June 3, 2016

      Thanks so much, Shelley :) Happy weekend to you too! xo

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    janet @ the taste space

    June 3, 2016

    Sofia, your kitchen is gorgeous. It is so nice to be able to see it now that you’ve finished your renos. Just listing everything that had to be done sounded like a challenge but I love how you transformed your space. Have your asparagus come up yet? It was so exciting to see the little asparagus fronds sprout up, although they are so thin this year (obviously). I think a squirrel nibbled on one of them. :(

    • Reply

      Sofia

      June 3, 2016

      Thanks so much, Janet :) I’m so happy that it’s finally (close to) finished and sorry that you had to see all that kitchen sprawled over the dining room floor. My asparagus never came up….I dug up one of the crowns and it wasn’t showing any signs of life after 3-ish weeks so I gave up and planted tomatoes there instead. Then the lady at the garden center told me that they don’t come up until the following year, and now you’re telling me that your’s came up! I’m so confused and kind of regret not having more patience with them. I’ll have to do some better asparagus research next year.

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    Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)

    June 3, 2016

    That range!!! <3 <3 <3

    • Reply

      Sofia

      June 3, 2016

      Haha thanks, Mardi. Still can’t believe that it’s sitting in my kitchen.

  7. Reply

    Shanna | Kiss My Bowl

    June 5, 2016

    Sofia, your kitchen is stunning! I am loving the blues. The shelving.. the range of course. All gorgeous!
    I’m also REALLY digging your horseradish hollandaise sauce! Yowza! A good zesty sauce just can’t be beat, and this plate looks like one that’ll be gracing my table this week. Mmm-mm!

    • Reply

      Sofia

      June 7, 2016

      Thanks so much, Shanna :) Hope you like the hollandaise! You can totally go heavier on the horseradish (I did, but tamed it down a little for the recipe)

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    Aube @ Kitchen Vignettes

    June 5, 2016

    Sofia! These photos are stunning and I’m so excited I get to see this gorgeous kitchen in person!! I want to dive right into that mountain of asparagus goodness, all my favourite things. A bientot! :)

    • Reply

      Sofia

      June 7, 2016

      Thanks, Aube :) It was an honour having you over and I’m so excited to see the results of our collaboration! <3

  9. Reply

    Sean

    June 5, 2016

    WHAAAAAAAT.

    Is it weird that I want to do a stage in your kitchen? I mean, I’ve never done a stage… so maybe I just… want your kitchen. Gorgeous pics, gorgeous food… a feast for the senses as usual!

    • Reply

      Sofia

      June 7, 2016

      HAHAHA! That totally made laugh. You’re always welcome to come stage in my kitchen, but then I get to pick your brain for all of that incredible science-y goodness.

  10. Reply

    Lara

    June 7, 2016

    This is such a lovely kitchen, I just want to spend time in it! Love the modern touches but still with warmth, so perfect. I was just wondering if you could tell me more about the shelved in your kitchen. I have been looking for some like that and was wondering where your’s came from. Thanks so much, enjoy the kitchen!!

    • Reply

      Sofia

      June 7, 2016

      Thank you, Lara! The shelves are from the hardware store (Home Depot). They’re standard (and very inexpensive) 12″ x 60″ x 3/4″ pine sheets, which we cut to fit the wall and painted ourselves. The brackets are from Home Depot as well. Glad you like it!

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        Lara

        June 7, 2016

        I like the words “very inexpensive,” love it when that happens with something you like! Thanks for the info. Maybe some day I can also get a range like that, wow!

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    danielle | rooting the sun

    June 18, 2016

    Absolutely beautiful kitchen, Sofia! One that most surely calls for such a beautiful and delicious asparagus feast. Wishing you the best season!

    • Reply

      Sofia

      June 19, 2016

      Thank you so much, Danielle! Happy summer to you <3

  12. Reply

    Sophie

    August 1, 2016

    The new range is such a beauty and the whole new kitchen look is so full of color. Congratulations!

    • Reply

      Sofia

      August 10, 2016

      Thank you so much :) xo

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