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Random Tuesday Asparagus and Footwear

Yeah, you know you’re at the Sushi Bar when both food and shoes are in the title of the post.


Much to my delight, we received our first delivery – ahead of schedule – from our CSA co-op yesterday.  Not a large delivery this early in the season, naturally, but enough to make me giddy.  It contained radishes, some baby lettuces and this:



I had no idea there was such a thing as purple asparagus, but there is.  And it was delicious in this:


Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

I LOVE spring.

Another delicious component of the stir fry – which, maybe surprisingly, had no Asian flavors at all – was another find from the Local Roots co-op on Saturday:


Dark Chocolate Balsamic Mustard

Yes, that would be Dark Chocolate Balsamic Mustard, made with Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar which I am going to order online in the next 3 minutes.  The mustard itself has quite a kick, but a wonderfully smooth, rich undertone and finish.  I put about a teaspoon in the stir fry and it was just marvelous.  Today, it’s going in a salad dressing destined for those baby greens that came with the asparagus yesterday.

And, finally, my newest pair of shoes:


Vibrams FiveFingers Treksport

Beloved and I are doing quite a bit of walking these days, and after wearing these almost non-stop for the past 3 years I have come to dislike my regular walking shoes intensely.  However, it’s rather hard to hike through the muck and mud in a pair of Crocs ballerina flats, so new shoes were in order.  I’m not going to go into whether or not barefoot running or running in minimalist shoes is adventageous or dangerous – I’m not a runner, and never will be for a variety of reasons – so let’s just suffice to say that these particular Vibrams, which are made specifically for walking/hiking over rough terrain, are what I am now wearing when Beloved and I go off the beaten path, so to speak.

Besides, I really like the odd looks I get from people when I wear them.  ‘Cause I’m just that way.

Now, head on over to Stacy’s and get your Random Tuesday on.


I wonder if Princess Nagger would eat purple asparagus since purple is one of her favorite colors…might have to try it and see! 😉 The stir-fry looks mouth-watering good (which means my mouth is watering right now…) And those shoes? I think I need to get a pair, just for the novelty of it! 🙂

Jan says:

You know, I didn’t even think that the purple color might be advantageous when trying to get a kid to eat asparagus. And the shoes? Are great – they do seem to require a “breaking in” period, though – but a bit pricey for just novelty. LOL

Be says:

I am SOOO jealous. That asparagus looks fantastic!

Jan says:

There is apparently more where that came from.

Be says:

And next year from OUR garden!

Ellie says:

Those shoes look great and all-purpose. If people are looking it’s because they’re trying to get the brand name to order some for themselves. They look great for hiking.

Jan says:

These particular model are really good for hiking. They have several different kinds – their running shoes are the most popular, but they also have a pair that are made for indoor activities such as yoga and tai chi that I want to buy next.

Kristine says:

LOVE purple asparagus! Hard to find though! The stir fry looked awesome and that mustard sounds yummy too!

Shoes cracked me up but I bet they are comfy as all get out. I need something like them for my hikes with the dog.

Happy RTT!

Jan says:

They are very comfy, but I am not used to things around my ankles and the padding on the heel is taking some getting used to. I already prefer them over my conventional walking shoes, though.

Claire says:

I love your pic of the asparagus. I have been obsessed with it lately, roasting it whenever I can. I know a lot of runners who love their Vibrams but I was thinking about getting some just for walking. Good to know they live up to the hype. Happy Tuesday.

Jan says:

See the banner up there? Prosciutto wrapped asparagus and pears, roasted, and drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette. And I posted the recipe, too! 🙂

Lori says:

Talk about yummy…we are finally getting asparagus from our garden this year…every one of us just love it…I think our most favorite way is grilled. My brother and nephew who are runners have these and love them and so does a neice that runs track.

I think it’s great that you two are getting out for walks together…I try to get my husband to come with me but he complains that I walk too fast…the little’s and I take walks just about every day but of course it’s hard to walk fast with the little’s and the fact that they have to pick up every single peice of garbage they see. Yesterday on our walk they watched some teenagers throw some garage down by the lake and were the little’s ever irate…little lady hollered “That does not make the earth or God very happy!” LOL

Happy Tuesday Jan! XX

Jan says:

LOL – I love it! Your Littles are so sweet and adorable, and Little Lady is going to be a forced to be reckoned with someday!

Lisa says:

The mustard sounds delicious. As long as one walks, I think one should wear whatever one pleases on one’s toesies:).

Jan says:

The mustard IS delicious, and I agree about the toesies. 🙂

VandyJ says:

At New years we got Turbo to try Asparagus and he actually liked it. He’s getting more adventurous in his eating every day. I’m finally seeing a pay off to the try one bite rule. I’m getting less “but I don’t like that” all the time. Now Bruiser on the other hand–that kid would exist on bread and cookies with the occasional raisin thrown in for variety.
Purple asparagus would be fun to try.

Jan says:

This made me laugh, because your description of Bruiser could have been The Young One ten years ago. Only he’d wouldn’t have touched the raisin.

Be says:


Jan says:

Yeah, and we know who won THAT battle! 😛

Be says:

teh chitlin

Sean says:

White asparagus is big here, apparently because the Germans are crazy about it. I love asparagus but the white variety tastes like wet toilet paper to me.

Jan says:

As far as I can remember, I’ve only had white asparagus once and it was marinated so I can’t confirm or deny your claim that it tastes like wet toilet paper. 🙂 But it looks anemic to me, you know?

Mama Badger says:

Hmmm, asparagas. I bet the boys would love it. And try to sword fight with it. Could be amusing.

I have stared at folks with “toe” shoes before. Whatever makes your feet happy, though. You’re the one walking on em.

Jan says:

If you feed them asparagus and they sword fight with it, you WILL take pictures, right? RIGHT??

So, does purple asparagus make your pee smell too? 🙂
Awesome shoes. I think I’d wear them JUST for the looks!

Jan says:

I honestly don’t know – it didn’t really taste any different from green asparagus – at least that I could tell – so I can’t really say if it had any different effect on any of the bodily, um, secretions it’s purported to affect. 😉

Be says:

It’s supposed to make something else taste funny too, but I am pretty sure I can’t confirm that!

I have a problem with Vibram Shoes because they spam my blog EVERY F*CKING Day … multiple times. So Dear Vibram Shoes, if you are reading this – you know why I will never buy your shoes.

Jan says:

They don’t spam mine – I just get medical advice in very broken English. Oh, and lots of “comments” telling me how my post was just the thing they are looking for to finish their master’s thesis – and their name always seems to be “gay porn cam.”

Carolyn says:

Ordering the chocolate balsamic mustard like yesterday.

LOVE purple asparagus. Our co-op didn’t have asparagus, we got artichokes though. Haven’t cooked them yet, probably tomorrow.

Jan says:

OMG, the mustard. The MUSTARD. Is DELICIOUS. I love, love, love it and am so glad I bought it, even if that tiny 3.26 oz. jar was $6.00.

And I do believe I have artichoke envy. Yes, I do.

Erin says:

Those shoes are interesting. Have been wondering what they feel like. Can you really wear them hiking?

Jan says:

Erin, with these you can – this particular style was designed especially for hiking/walking/running over rough terrain.

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