Asparagus

One Last Springy Lunch

June 26, 2014

Every week we take a peek inside the lunches of the luckiest kids in Brooklyn. Read on, suppress your jealousy, and get a little brown bag inspiration.

I thought it was time for some greenery, and a last taste of asparagus before the season comes to a close. This asparagus and pea dish is a handy one to know, for lunches and dinners alike.

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Heat a generous layer of olive oil in a deep pan over medium-high heat. Add a smashed garlic clove. When you smell the garlic, add sliced asparagus and season with salt. Cook for a minute, then add raw peas. Cook for another minute, moving things around the pan a bit. Stir in roasted and sliced spring onions. When the asparagus is just cooked on the edges but still firm, scrape the mixture onto a serving plate so the vegetables stop cooking. Let the dish cool to room temperature, then shower with torn basil leaves and a squeeze of lemon juice. Serve, making sure you save some for lunches the next day.

Alongside this spring dish, I packed the kids some smoked ham and halved figs. The pastries are Midge's Naughty Rhubarb Scones; if you haven't made them yet, get on it while rhubarb is still around! They're light and buttery with a crackly sugar shell, well worth the 5 minutes it takes to assemble the dough.

What's in your lunch today? See some of the twins' past lunches

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Written by: Amanda Hesser

Before starting Food52 with Merrill, I was a food writer and editor at the New York Times. I've written several books, including "Cooking for Mr. Latte" and "The Essential New York Times Cookbook." I played myself in "Julie & Julia" -- hope you didn't blink, or you may have missed the scene! I live in Brooklyn with my husband, Tad, and twins, Walker and Addison.

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Dimply D. June 30, 2014
Okay, I'm officially inspired to be that mom. Luckily my eldest is still in preschool so I have time to practice. Thank you :)
 
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Amanda H. June 30, 2014
Wait until this week's post -- you'll see I go the other direction sometimes, too!
 
ChefJune June 27, 2014
Walker and Addie's lunches always look SO good. They surely are adventurous eaters. Good for you for encouraging that!
 
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Amanda H. June 28, 2014
Thanks June! The figs were not eaten by one of my kids (so I ate them).