There's nothing like the first picking

      Despite the cold nights and the lack of rain the purple sprouting asparagus is making a spirited start to the season and, like the first beer or lager when you have a real thirst on, the first picking and the first meal of the season is the best.
      Today it will be poached eggs on sourdough toast and asparagus soldiers to dip into the yolks, just fantastic. The remainder of the picking who knows? Some small asparagus tarts made with the tips and the tarts are delicious hot or cold or maybe an omelette filled with the asparagus tips.
      And there'll be more at the weekend, or maybe before. Brilliant.