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.

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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)

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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)

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Anthony J Sargeant, cooking, Shropshire

Asparagus Soup (part 2)

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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.

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Anthony J Sargeant, cooking, Shropshire

Asparagus Soup

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

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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.

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Anthony J Sargeant, Shropshire

Buildwas Abbey, Near Ironbridge, Shropshire, England

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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!

 

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Anthony J Sargeant, Landscape photography, Shropshire

Shropshire was very wet this morning

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Photographed on the 31st March 2018 by Anthony J Sargeant from a the bedroom window of his Shropshire home looking east across the water meadows that surround the small River Corve that normally runs through the middle. This morning after torrential rain and some weeks of melting snow on the hills the river flooded out across the meadows.

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Anthony J Sargeant, School

“A Hard Day’s Night”

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On the 24th August 1964 Anthony J Sargeant went to see this film at an afternoon showing at the Streatham Odeon with his then girlfriend, Jo Gamgee, who went to Mary Datchelor’s Girls School in London (there were a lot of boy-girl friendships between the girls who went to Datchelor’s and the boys who went to Haberdashers’ Aske’s which school Tony had attended).

Jo lived in one of those large early 19th Century houses in Lancaster Avenue, Tulse Hill in South London. When he arrived that afternoon her older sister Janice was helping her finish making a flared cotton skirt – remembered as being of a small floral print material (a bit Laura Ashley’ish) worn with white cotton knee socks as was the fashion at that time in the 1960s.

Tony remember both sisters with great affection. He was subsequently dumped by Jo – in retrospect probably quite rightly (but nonetheless greatly regretted by Tony) for being inebriated at a Saturday night party at the Bellingham Road home of one of his friends, Bert Baker.

Tony hopes both sisters had an interesting life – choosing that word with care – it is probably the best for which we can hope.

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