May is full of public holidays, which is just awesome. I love sleeping in! The weather is still nasty and cold, but I’m still hopeful that it will warm up soon.
What I love the most about spring is the return of local produce. Especially tomatoes and cucumbers are so gross during the winter months. Those Spanish or African greenhouse vegetables are just no good, sorry. But now my favorite plant foods are finally delicious and affordable again. I even found local strawberries this week! *happy dance*
Without a doubt, the star of German spring vegetables is asparagus, especially the white variety. Its season is very short, lasting only from early May to late June this year, so the people around here have been hoarding the precious white spears like crazy. I personally prefer green asparagus, but decided to give the white ones another chance, because my husband loves them. Well, I’m still not a fan. They are just too stringy and a little bland.
Asparagus is traditionally served with Hollandaise sauce, which is basically just egg yolk and butter. I decided to use this cheesy cauliflower sauce instead, to lighten things up. It was quite good, but very different from the original, of course.
This is a classic clean-out-the-fridge meal. I found some button mushrooms that were already starting to get mushy, so I fried them up, and put them on a pile of brown rice. I also added a scoop of black soy beans and chopped green onions. Oh the randomness!
I’ve also enjoyed a lot of smoothies lately. Most of the time, I add frozen kale and cocoa powder, which results in a very ugly brown color. I swear it tastes better than it looks. Usually.
Any tips on how to make a green/brown smoothie look more appealing?
What is your favorite spring vegetable or fruit?