Asparagus makes an excellent salad, the white or green stalks are great when pan-fried or grilled, steaming would be a good idea – but I cook them à l’anglaise, as the French say when they mean: in water. It’s fast food but it’s great.
Cooking may be fun most of the time – but when you really go for it, it turns into hard labour. That is certainly true for the classic French dish called tourte, a bourgeois marvel of culinary decadence which basically combines two elaborate dishes into one.
A home-made terrine makes the pride of each amateur chef. A poor man’s feast in former times, it has turned into an almost ceremonial dish nowadays. Here are some basic rules for how to do it at home.