Thai-Inspired Asparagus Salad with Fried Meyer Lemon

April 16, 2010

A&M are joined by The Amateur Gourmet himself, Adam Roberts, as they make clintonhillbilly's Thai-Inspired Asparagus Salad with Fried Meyer Lemon. Together, A&M&A discuss asparagus-trimming policy -- to snap or not to snap? -- and teach each other cool tricks for frying and blanching that help cooks get away from exacting instructions for temperatures and times. 

At one point, the phrase "Amanda Hesser gone wild" is actually uttered, and things get a little PG-13 -- it's safe to say you'll never think about blanching asparagus the same way again. 

You can see more of the delightful Adam Roberts at, on Twitter @amateurgourmet and in his book The Amateur Gourmet.

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mrslarkin April 19, 2010
Had to watch this again. It's Monday morning, after all, and I needed a chuckle to start my week! Great spoon-in-the-hot-oil trick, Adam! I've used wooden chopsticks for this, too!
GreenChef April 18, 2010
Terrific video. Very refreshing with simplicity. Thanks, we all need a dash of simplicity in our lives. The recipe is fabulous. Can't wait to share with family and friends.
Merrill S. April 18, 2010
Thank you!
clintonhillbilly April 18, 2010
Hey! You are right about my screen name, I did live in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, but I just moved to L.A. in August. I miss Clinton Hill!
Merrill S. April 18, 2010
A-ha! So we're not so dumb after all...
Rhonda35 April 18, 2010
You gals are total crazy cats! Love it! I like your videos and don't think they need anything (except the mics - which I am running my donation campaign to get - so, all you Food52 followers, let me know if you want to chip in so you can hear every word of Amanda and Merrill's fabulous instructions!)
One question, when eating the Thai asparagus with the fried lemons, are you supposed to eat them together as two components of the same dish? I only ask because you all ate them separately - I would cut them up as I ate them and put a little bit of everything on my fork.
Merrill S. April 18, 2010
It's delicious all together!
MrsWheelbarrow April 17, 2010
The salad looks fantastic. Cannot wait to try with the fresh fresh fresh asparagus I just picked up. Oh, this video make me giggle. Thanks for a good time this Saturday morning.
cook2live April 16, 2010
good recipe and cool but no offense your videos are horrible. bad shooting bad editing. i wish you had the working class foodie shot your show, i found them through your site actually and there show is the best show on the web even if their just amateurs.
Amanda H. April 17, 2010
Thank you for your comment and sorry you don't like our "no-budget" videos. We do them in one take with a Flip camera and edit them in one day. It's our food version of Dogma 95. Yes, we could use some microphones. Yes, we could use some lighting. But until we have more money, we're aiming for fun/informative over polish. Hope you'll reconsider!
mrslarkin April 16, 2010
Hee hee! That was fun! Minds out of the gutter, ladies! ;)
SAShuman April 16, 2010
So fun two of my favorite blogs cooking together! Thanks for the great tips!
aargersi April 16, 2010
You guys are silly! Love the video ... I confess to being a snapper, will think twice form now on!!