Asparagus Festival, ‘Under Milk Wood’ and Duck Egg Dinner

27 May

1   My lovely neighbour told me about the Cornwall Asparagus Festival which was being held just down the road in the Penventon Park Hotel. It was a delight! I watched Arty Williams Chef at The Cove, Maenporth, a local award-winning restaurant, demonstrating a beautiful dish of Asparagus, Goat Cheese with a Red Wine and Caper Dressing. It looked, smelled and tasted wonderful – a real treat for the taste buds!

Arty Williams at the Asparagus Festival

2   I arrived home to find Richard Burton on BBC Radio Four reading the opening of ‘Under Milk Wood’ by Dylan Thomas which hundreds of my former pupils will be able to tell you is my favourite piece of literature of all time! Another wonderful treat!

3   There were Duck eggs, from The Cornish Duck Company, on sale at the festival as well as asparagus from the largest growers in Cornwall, John and Jenny Keeler from Tregassow Farm  so for supper tonight we’ve had Delia Smith’s Sauteed Asparagus with Duck Egg and Parmesan. Beautiful!  The recipe is up on my Recipe page.

Sauteed Asparagus with Duck Egg and Parmesan


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11 responses to “Asparagus Festival, ‘Under Milk Wood’ and Duck Egg Dinner

  1. on thehomefrontandbeyond

    May 28, 2012 at 9:52 am

    so many who do these lists set the goal at 10–I like three – it is easy to find three in seconds
    waiting for the recipe

  2. Nae's Nest

    May 28, 2012 at 8:54 am

    This looks wonderful

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 28, 2012 at 9:02 am

      It was and really light but satisfying. When I get a moment I’ll put the recipe up.
      Thinking of you

  3. mybeautfulthings

    May 28, 2012 at 8:27 am

    From one of my ex-pupils:
    Lorraine Cran: I bought a copy of Under Milk Wood years later as I loved it when we read it in your class, the idea of secret worlds behind walls x

    I really like that!

  4. Choc Chip Uru

    May 28, 2012 at 7:19 am

    A festival for asparagus is more than deserving – the vegetable rocks everyone’s socks 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 28, 2012 at 7:23 am

      Doesn’t it just – and it has such a short season, it need to be celebrated 🙂

  5. katehobbs

    May 28, 2012 at 2:39 am

    Loving all of these. Richard Burton – I can hear that wonderful voice now, and “under milk wood” takes me back to my school days. I remember it from way back when……. Now I’m showing you my age!

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 28, 2012 at 8:28 am

      That was the one I used to play in class when we studied it, the new version didn’t quite have the same gravitas! 🙂

  6. on thehomefrontandbeyond

    May 27, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    you have inspired me – here are my three for today
    1. brunch with friends
    2. watching “Community” with my family
    3. Downton Abbey

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 28, 2012 at 8:29 am

      It’s lovely to think I have inspired you just as Three beautiful Things first inspired me! 🙂


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