I'm a bit distracted. In the best way possible. In the way I get now and then when I'm excited about an idea or a prospect. It started in Portland last month, when I had a happenstance chat with a couple of ladies I admire very much. They gave me the little nudge I needed to start thinking more seriously about a project I'd been casually tossing around in the back of my mind for years. Something fun, something related to what I already do, but something I haven't (exactly) tried before. Vague, I know. It's early in the process. Anyway, the rabbit hole is deep, and I feel like I'm way down in it. I've been caught up in inspiration boards, and ideas, and list-making, and all the things that happen when an idea shifts from the abstract to "let's try it?"...Correspondingly, meals have been scavenged from whatever ingredients are within eight feet of where I'm currently sitting. Which, let's be honest, doesn't always yield something I'm proud of. That said, lunch on Monday was pretty great, and dead simple. I smeared avocado across toasted day-old slabs of sesame bread, layered a bit of arugula and a few stalks of garlicky caraway-sprinkled asparagus on that, then finished it up with a few pepitas.
These little open-faced tartines took less than ten minutes to pull together, and ended up being the epitome of spring. I suspect I'll be eating more of them in the coming weeks. Give them a try, and in the meantime, I'm going to try and make a few things happen on this end so I can share a more details related to what I've been up to. xo -h
Avocado Asparagus Tartine
You can actually slice each tartine into four or five bite-sized pieces for a nice appetizer option as well.
4 toasted slabs of whole grain bread, rubbed with olive oil and a bit of garlic
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 lb of asparagus stalks, trimmed roughly the length of your bread
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 avocado, pitted and smashed
a couple handfuls of arugula, tossed in a bit of olive oil
a handful of toasted pepitas, or almonds, or sunflower seeds
A few minutes before you want to eat heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot add the asparagus, and a pinch of salt and cook for about thirty seconds. Add the garlic and caraway, and cook another thirty seconds, or until the spears are a vibrant green. Remove from heat, and assembly the tartines.
Give each piece of bread a generous slather of mashed avocado. Top that with a bit of arugula, a few asparagus spears, and a generous sprinkling of pepitas or seeds.
Prep time: 5 minutes - Cook time: 5 minutes