Weather is still most beautiful in Berlin these days. On Sunday, I visited a good friend of mine in her garden. We had a great time with other friends of hers dropping by here and there and with her friendly new garden neighbors handing over some grilled kebabs. It was such a friendly gesture, and I have to admit that I tasted some as well. Gosh. It was indeed delicious – but I am used to my vegetarian nutrition since so many years now that I feel no desire to repeat the carnivore guest experience. Good girl ;-). But I do feel a great desire to do something else soon again: to crawl the patches for early wild herbs.
I was allowed to do so on Sunday already – and so I picked a handful of goutweed. I do this regularly in spring when doing bicycle tours with friends, but believe it ore not: Each year I have already forgotten what it looks like and somebody has to show me again. As most gardeners hate the tiny plants because they invade the patches and spread as if there were no tomorrow, this has been no problem. Lucky me – my pickings made a good spice for a green asparagus soup in the evening.
In general, it’s high time for wild herbs now, whether you find them in the garden or somewhere in the woods. Get inspired by some other recipes as well if you like: I spotted a beautifully decorated Elderflower Lemoncake at Sam’s very nice blog le pirate and some fine wild herbs creation at Antjes always inspiring blog lifestyle in grün (here and here and here, these recipes are in German language).
And here is some of Sunday’s garden (and soup) happiness:
Today’s urban shots
Well, there are other options for urban wilderness experience as well. Later this week, Arne and me met at one of our favorite cafés in Auguststraße and spotted – apes. Apes on the wall. Many apes, doing ape-like exercise on the wall and pointing into the sky, one of them with a baby ape in its arms. No living creatures, of course, but a most beautiful and poetic peace of art work. We later learned that the installation by the Indian artist N. S. Harsha is called „Tamasha“ (which might translate to hurly-burly) and had been presented just the day before. We instantly fell in love with it:
Here’s my recipe
This post is more about the beauty of a garden and the beauty of art, and my asparagus soup is so simple that I can’t call this a recipe. Nevertheless, here is how I prepared the little spring treat: For two small appetizer soups as a tiny starter for dinner, clean and cut into pieces 250 g of green asparagus (you can take white asparagus as well or maybe zucchini). Cut a garlic clove into fine slices, also two shallots. Wash a good handful of young goutweed and cut off the big stalks. Take some beautiful leaves on the side for decoration. Heat some oil in a pot, add garlic and shallot, add the herbs and let simmer for a moment. Add the asparagus, fill vegetable stock in (the vegetable should be slightly covered). Let simmer until the asparagus is done. You might want to take off two nice spears for decoration – I mostly forget about such distinguished things). Add salt and pepper and some milk (you can also take cream, get’s more rich then of course) and blend until you get a nice foamy texture. Decorate with the rest of the goutweed leaves (and the spears) and some lemon zest. Done!