Anthony J Sargeant, cooking, Shropshire

Asparagus Soup (part 4)

Once asparagus is softened Anthony J Sargeant adds mild chicken stock – but you could use vegetable stock. Cook all together then put into liquidiser and add seasoning as needed. Liquidise to a smooth soup adding additional liquid if needed. The result will be a saucepan of smooth delicious asparagus soup which can be put in the fridge or used immediately with a swirl of double cream and chopped chives for decoration.




Anthony J Sargeant, cooking, Shropshire

Asparagus Soup by Anthony J Sargeant (part 3)

sweat off finely chopped onion in a pan with butter (image 1)


then add the asparagus pieces and cook them off until soft (about 15 minutes at low heat – – adding more butter as needed (image 2 – below)


Anthony J Sargeant, cooking, Shropshire

Asparagus Soup (part 2)


Following slicing of the trimmings from one bag of asparagus this is the end result with very little wastage (see left of picture). Now the next stage is too cook down the trimmings. (Oh – by the way Anthony J Sargeant highly recommends Wusthof knives – not only are they excellent knives but the after-sales service is exemplary.

Anthony J Sargeant, cooking, Shropshire

Asparagus Soup

Anthony J Sargeant uses the trimmings of fresh local asparagus to make delicious soup.


Wonderful English Asparagus is in season. But when you snap off the ends of asparagus do not throw the pieces away – put them to one side (top of picture) then thinly slice with a sharp nice (see right). If you feel the stem starting to resist and becoming woody discard that last portion (see left discards).

See the next post for the following step.

Anthony J Sargeant, Landscape photography, Shropshire

Buildwas Abbey (near Ironbridge, Shropshire, England)


Photographed by Anthony J Sargeant on a sunny summer’s day. This Fabulous site is maintained by English Heritage. Tranquil and peaceful even though just a short distance from the World Heritage Site which is Ironbridge and which is packed with tourists. We had the site almost to ourselves apart from one or two other visitors as can be seen from this picture. This fabulous ruin of a 12th Century Cistercian Abbey was a victim of Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries.

Anthony J Sargeant, Shropshire

Buildwas Abbey, Near Ironbridge, Shropshire, England


Photographed by Anthony J Sargeant during a visit to the abbey on a fine summers day.

Maintained by English Heritage and open to the public it is a truly impressive building. The remains are of a Cistercian Abbey built in the 12th Century but destroyed during the dissolution of the monasteries during the reign of Henry VIII. It is a short drive away from the UNICEF designated ‘World Heritage Site’ which is Ironbridge Gorge – where the Industrial Revolution gathered momentum in the late 18th Century. But this site close to the banks of the River Severn is not on the tourist trail (thank goodness) –  it is so beautiful and tranquil. Let us hope that not too many people discover it!