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Amanda Eliasch’s A Rat’s Tale

Amanda Eliasch, Lisa Borgnes Giramonti, Julie Anne Rhodes, Julia Verdin


I think some sweet & sour asparagus would best compliment this, don’t you?
Sweet & Sour Asparagus

sweet & sour asparagus

Servings: 4

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, tough ends removed
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


1). Bring water to boil in a large saucepan fitted with steamer insert and lid. Prepare an ice bath, a large bowl of water with 1 cup ice cubes in it. Add asparagus and steam until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Remove asparagus and dump into ice bath to stop the cooking process and preserve the bright green color. Drain asparagus.
2). Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine vinegar and sugar, mix until sugar dissolves. Add cloves, cinnamon sticks, celery seed, salt, and oil. Mix until well incorporated. Add asparagus to the bowl, toss well. Let marinate up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
Serving Suggestions: Great with any Asian-style dish or to add a little panache with grilled meat, chicken, and fish.
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  • September 6, 2009
    10:36 am

    Hi Julie Anne.So good to hear that you are working on a memoir, or should I say "lifestyle book". How exciting this must be for you.Be sure to let us know when it will be released. This Aussie mum cannot wait to get a copy.Aussie mum, Melbourne, AustraliaP.S. Sweet & Sour Asparagus is very fitting indeed.

  • September 6, 2009
    4:17 pm

    Hi Aussie Mom…It is just a cookbook, I don't know where they got the "tell all" part, but will definitely let you know when it comes out.Jewels

  • September 7, 2009
    12:16 am

    Thanks Julie Anne.I'm sure it will be more than "just a cookbook". It will no doubt be "The Ultimate Cookbook" in my over populated cook book library.I have tried a number of your recipes over the past couple of months and they have been sensational. Your Auntie Vera's Buttermilk Pancakes are a huge hit in our household. My husband absolutely loves it. We only had it with maple syrup but I am planning to make it with blueberries in the near future. My nephew and neices expect it everytime they come for a visit. They are sooooo good.Thank you for your great blog and very tempting recipes.Aussie Mum