A Charmed Life

eat – chilled asparagus and almond soup


soupfordaysI don’t gush over food very often but today I am sharing my current favourite recipe – chilled asparagus and almond soup – created by the Hemsley sisters. I love asparagus so I am always on the lookout for new asparagus recipes and I found this gem in their cookbook The Art of Eating Well (great book for those who love healthy flavoursome meals and also for those reluctant cooks like moi).

This is an ideal summer dish, but to really get the full benefit of the flavours I would recommend teaming it with a glass of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.


chilled asparagus and almond soup

4 servings

for the soup
100g flaked almonds. For NF version, substitute with pumpkin and/or sunflower seeds.
1 small onion, roughly diced
1 large leek, roughly diced
1 tsp ghee
1 large garlic clove (crushed)
2½ tsp fresh tarragon, chopped (or 1 tsp dried)
600g asparagus, trimmed (about 12 spears)
1¼ litres vegetable stock (or homemade chicken bone broth)
2½ tsp fresh lemon juice
salt and black pepper (chilli powder optional)

for the topping
½ tsp lemon zest
½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil


1. Toast 25g of the almonds in a dry, large saucepan and set aside for garnishing later.
2. In the same pan gently fry the onion and leek in ghee for 5 minutes until softened, but not browned. Add the garlic and tarragon to the pan and fry for another minute.
3. Prepare the asparagus by snapping off the woody ends. Add the spears and remaining 75g almonds to the pan. Stir, add a pinch of salt and black pepper, then add the stock.
4. Simmer gently for 5 minutes, with the lid on, until the asparagus is tender.
5. Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice. Blend carefully, in batches if necessary. Taste and adjust the seasoning (I like to add a pinch of chilli here).
6. Chill and remove from the fridge just before serving, then garnish with the toasted almonds, lemon zest and a swirl of extra virgin olive oil (can be eaten hot as well).


The Greeks spoke of it in love poetry, the Kama Sutra advises drinking it as a paste, it is said the French once dined on three meals of asparagus the day before their wedding in hopes of increasing their libido for the big night ahead. Did you know that asparagus is considered an aphrodisiac? Aside from its obvious phallic shape, asparagus is also packed with vitamin E, calcium and potassium, which aid in cleansing the kidneys and urinary tract as well as increasing sex drive and the production of sex hormones in both men and women. The aspartic acid found in asparagus helps to neutralize excess ammonia in our bodies, and that’s important because excess ammonia can lead to fatigue and sexual disinterest, and where’s the fun in that?

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Author: akiwigirlabroad

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2 thoughts on “eat – chilled asparagus and almond soup

  1. Sounds like a great recipe. I will try it warmed up- as winter is fast approaching.

    I had no idea thet asparagus was an aphrodisiac!

  2. Sorry, dear, this is not for me, I am not an Asparagus fan, you on your own on this one.

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