Pasta + Steamed Asparagus with Lemon & Anchovy Butter

I decided to cook something nice for myself and sis for lunch the other day. I choose to cook Steamed Asparagus with Lemon & Anchovy Butter because the dish is very basic and simple. Moreover I have a large chunk of asparagus bought from Cameron the other day.

Dreamcatcher, don’t say I didn’t make good use of The Naked Chef book ya. Too bad I can’t cook something nice for you.

The ingredients and method below are based on the cookbook – The Naked Chef (page 143) plus some individual tweaking. Hope you don’t mind Jamie.

~50g of anchovies
~80g of butter (don’t put lotsa butter)
freshly ground black pepper
juice of 1/4 lemon
600g of asparagus

Note: I didn’t add any dried chili as I’m lazy to search for it in my mom’s larder.

Wash the asparagus thoroughly and rinse well. Chop the asparagus to your preferred size and shape. Then steam the asparagus in a steamer (I used a stainless steel bowl over boiling water). Steam the asparagus until tender.

Wash the anchovies and chop it finely in a food processor. Add 1/4 of a lemon juice, butter and pepper into the chopped anchovies. Problem is my butter is still hard like a rock. I toasted the anchovies, lemon juice, pepper and butter into the asparagus and let the butter melt over the hot boiling water.

And TADAAAA… I get this:

I cooked some shell pasta to be eaten together with the dish. The end results? A very yummy feast!!! 🌟 for myself. Sis said “Ho Chiak!”. Ohh and I add bits and pieces of Kraft Singles for garnish and flavor. Mom and dad said don’t use butter next time. (so maybe can use olive oil? hmm)

Bon AppΓ©tit

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  • Reply Jemima October 31, 2006 at 12:54 pm

    Trust me to drop by before my lunch-break. *salivating* :drool:

    Seriously, both dishes look “HO CHIAK”.

    :star: :star: :star: :star: :star:

    Enough stars or not? πŸ˜€

  • Reply Jason October 31, 2006 at 1:01 pm

    Looks yummy! πŸ˜€ :star: :star: :star:

  • Reply dreamcatcher October 31, 2006 at 1:10 pm

    hmmm… :thinking: “HO CHIAK!” bcoz this is the best dish u cooked so far out of all the insipid dishes u made b4 this kutt!!! heh!heh! don’t expand ur nostrils just yet!! :devil: :devil:

    i’d say commendable effort tho’, ur not that lazy afterall. πŸ˜€

  • Reply moz monster October 31, 2006 at 3:07 pm

    Looks really nice and good. :drool:

  • Reply Gallivanter October 31, 2006 at 3:08 pm

    Amen for ikan bilis :praying:

  • Reply wuching October 31, 2006 at 3:14 pm

    u chia me eat lah! :drool:

  • Reply Che-Cheh November 1, 2006 at 9:43 am

    Jemima, wah so many stars…enough! TQ TQ

    Jason, taste even yummier.

    Dreamcatcher, urggh of coz this is not the best dish I’ve cook. :beat_up:

    Moz Monster, hehe tq

    Gallivanter, ohh ikan bilis is heaven!

    Wuching, if you come to KL, I chia you eat.

  • Reply kleio November 1, 2006 at 2:38 pm

    Honestly, first look at the Asparagus pix I tot it was plucked from some cook book or recipe site :drool: – So, when can i come to your house? *hint*

    And, please do use alota butter please πŸ˜€ Love em’ butter :drool:

    So, i guess a shall give you :star: :star: :star: :star: :star: (judging from the photos, that is. Laugh, I wonder when are we going to get smell capability thru the internet :thinking: LOL)

  • Reply sophie November 1, 2006 at 2:58 pm

    wahh.. this is unbelieveable. :suprised:
    btw, it looks yummy.. :drool:

  • Reply Che-Cheh November 2, 2006 at 9:38 am

    Kleio, hahaha really ar. Looks like I have pro photographer capability! And thank you for the starrrrrsss.
    Soon my friend, not only you can have smell capability through the net but you can teleport to my place for a dinner.

    Sophie, Why unbelievable? coz I can cook? :laughing:
    Thanks. πŸ˜€

  • Reply szer November 2, 2006 at 12:54 pm

    Eh, Kraft singles as garnishing??? I think that’s a big No-No when making any kind of pasta coz its meant for sandwiches/burgers. safer to go with Parmesan cheese or shredded mozarella cheese… πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Che-Cheh November 3, 2006 at 1:54 pm

    Szer, haha ya I know but then I seldom buys Parmesan/Mozarella…therefore I just use Kraft singles as sub. Hehe

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