Asparagus with Orange, Ginger and Sesame Oil


We love, with a capital "L" this recipe from the the Urban Peasant, James Barber. We think it's perfect for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner as it incorporates two known aphrodisiac's, Asparagus and Ginger. This recipe serves 4 so we'd suggest cutting it in half.


* 1 bunch asparagus
* 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
* 2 tablespoons oil
* 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
* 1 clove garlic, grated
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 orange, juice, and, zest
* sesame oil

1. In a dry fry pan, toast the sesame seeds over medium heat until golden brown. Set aside. Trim the bottoms of the asparagus stalks and cut the stalks into bite-sized pieces
2. In the same fry pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat and add the ginger.

3. Cook for 1 minute, then add the asparagus and salt. Toss and add the orange zest and juice.
4. Reduce the heat to medium, cover and let cook for 3-4 minutes.
5. Drizzle with sesame oil, toasted sesame seeds and serve.

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