It means “Asparagus Week” in German. This, together with the Christmas Market and to a simultaneously more subtle and obvious extent, the party instinct (including Oktoberfest), must be one of those German or at least Bavarian things that after a while, you just stop questioning and learn to accept. Late April is the time for spargel and a return to the beer gardens we’ve missed all winter. It’s part of the annual ritual around here.

Spargelwoche Speiseplan - the menu for Asparagus WeekSo, here’s the Spargelwoche menu for the cafeteria at work. Chickenbreast with asparagus and lime-Hollandaise sauce. Catfish with asparagus and herbal Hollandaise sauce. Grilled veal cutlet with asparagus and tomato-Hollandaise sauce. For a little change of pace today there were pork steaks with asparagus and a pepper-butter sauce. And for those of us who feel Vatican II* is just too irreverent, fresh filet of salmon with asparagus — and a return to the Hollandaise upon which we’d become chemically dependent. Well, maybe I’ve managed to avoid getting hooked on the H — I was on a trip to another plant on Wednesday (they were having *Wildwoche!* with rabbits and supposedly wild chicken and other game), and today I scarfed up some left-overs from a great dinner Sarah made last night. So there will still be a little blood in my veins instead of a mixture of butter and lemon juice emulsified with egg yolks by the time we depart for France early next week. Which is good, because I’ll need it.

Do you think the inherent risks associated with all that butter are evened out by an annual drop in UTI rates?

6 thoughts on “Spargelwoche!”

  1. Tammy

    See, being in business park isn’t too bad. You do get the Cantina. I miss the Spargel!

  2. Cliff

    Right – it’s actually been pretty good. Much better, in my estimation, than Matthias made it sound. Best parts:

    * it’s cheap
    * it’s flat-rate pricing for individual menu components (a whole bowl of olives at the salad bar costs the same as a bowl of dressing at the salad bar, and the same as a “normal” bowl of salad) so I can mix and match however I want
    * there’s a good level of variety in the offerings – much moreso than the menus of the restaurants in the office park where I used to work

    Have you ever noticed the little factoid thingy (which I wrote, yay!) in the upper right corner of our blog that randomly changes with every page loaded? One of the factoids about us is that there are foods we enjoy here and now that were unthinkable back in Michigan. Spargel is definitely one of them. I might even consider trying green asparagus sometime as a result of my new appreciation for the white variety. Other foods in this category (for me, at least): Brussels Sprouts and the aforementioned olives (I dig both green and black ones).

    Congratulations, Mom. It only took about 30 years. :-)

  3. Carolyn

    Actually, Mom and I had asparagus last night! We must have been channeling you!

  4. Nargan

    I still hate the asparagus, but I do love me some Hollandaise sauce. Since it’s such a popular sauce, does that mean Eggs Benedict can be found pretty regularly. If so, I’m pretty jealous.

  5. Cliff

    You know what? I’ve yet to have a breakfast at all in Europe where Eggs Benedict were offered. Most European breakfasts — at hotels, etc. — are more like what I’d eat as lunches: rolls, cheeses, *lunch*meats. Where I have seen eggs at all, they’re soft- or hard-boiled or occasionally scrambled. One place offered real omelettes with some of the saltiest bacon I’ve ever had.

    Maybe that’s not such a surprise, given the (supposed) origins of the dish. Lots of American stuff has been adopted here, but breakfast isn’t one of them.

  6. Mom

    I AM SO HAPPY! I am almost as happy as I was when Dad decided sun-dried tomatoes are really good. I feel vindicated.
    Plus, since I had dinner by myself tonight as Dad is still at the cottage, I ate nearly a pound of asparagus by myself. So tomorrow I will be feeling lighter!

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