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Gina Cardwell’s Spring Recipe

October 2, 2011

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Gina’s Spring tomato and grilled asparagus pasta

Gina: This simple and delicious recipe is perfect for those with limited time and cooking abilities. It incorporates local produce that can be easily purchased on a sunny Spring Saturday morning from the Christchurch Farmers Market.

Spring tomato and grilled asparagus pasta

Serves 3-4

  • 1 bunch of baby asparagus (from Christchurch Farmers Market) – Broadfield
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 250g Penne pasta
  • 5 medium tomatoes (from Christchurch Farmers Market) – Milly Satchel
  • 5 tsp extra virgin olive oil + 2 tsp balsamic vinegar, whisked
  • 3 cloves smoked garlic, sliced (from Christchurch Farmers Market) – The Original Smoke and Spice Co
  • 2 pinches chilli flakes or more- depending on how much spice you like!
  • Italian parsley, finely chopped

Parboil asparagus for 5 minutes

Heat 1tsp oil in a griddle pan (or similar) and grill asparagus on high for approx. 5 minutes.

Bring salted water to the boil, add pasta and cook for 12 minutes, then drain.

Cut tomatoes into 1/8ths

Fry sliced smoked garlic in a dash of extra virgin olive oil until lightly browned

Place all ingredients in a bowl and toss until lightly coated

Top with shavings of parmesan cheese if desired

Easy as that!

Recipe by Gina Cardwell, who is a personal friend of mine and who has recently joined me at the market on Saturday mornings. Here’s to many more good times and delicious market breakfasts!

This is Gina’s entry for the Feast of Canterbury & Two Spoons Spring Recipe Competition


Ingredient notes from Zo:

If you’re on the lookout to try some new olive oils, balsamic or parmesan in Christchurch, try Mercato or Med Foods, both independent & locally owned. They have an outstanding range. For parmesan you can also try Canterbury Cheesemongers.

36 Comments leave one →
  1. October 3, 2011 2:11 pm

    This looks light, clean, healthy, savory, and lovely. :)

  2. Brayden permalink
    October 3, 2011 7:57 pm

    Looks rather choice!

  3. October 3, 2011 9:46 pm

    looks nice and healthy :)

  4. Anna Morris permalink
    October 3, 2011 9:58 pm

    Looks delish Gina! I’ll look forward to trying it sometime ;-)

  5. Rob permalink
    October 3, 2011 10:35 pm

    Omnomnomnomnom

  6. Nicky permalink
    October 3, 2011 10:59 pm

    Looks yummy and easy to make!

  7. October 4, 2011 3:43 am

    This looks wonderful, now if only it were spring here!

  8. Michael permalink
    October 4, 2011 10:02 pm

    I saw this and I instantly thought “spring”! Looks good.

  9. October 7, 2011 12:48 pm

    Two words: wow, I want to eat it

  10. Slam Dunk ! permalink
    October 7, 2011 1:01 pm

    Now that sure looks like a tasty treat!

    Fresh and Easy!

  11. Matt Fanselow permalink
    October 7, 2011 1:02 pm

    Yum!

  12. Viranchi permalink
    October 7, 2011 2:03 pm

    Ooo this looks amazing! So quick and easy too.

  13. Lizzy permalink
    October 7, 2011 6:47 pm

    Yum, looks good

  14. Mamma Mia permalink
    October 8, 2011 5:18 pm

    Deliziosissimo, buonnissimo, fantastico!!!!

  15. Pappa Mia permalink
    October 9, 2011 2:41 pm

    Tastes as good as it looks!!

  16. Carthi permalink
    October 11, 2011 8:30 pm

    YUMMY!!!

  17. October 12, 2011 7:53 am

    Yum!!

  18. October 13, 2011 9:18 am

    Looks delicioso!

  19. Erica permalink
    October 13, 2011 9:01 pm

    Yum, sounds delicious!!! And healthy :)

  20. Natalie permalink
    October 13, 2011 9:12 pm

    Looks great, and easy to make!!

  21. Annette permalink
    October 13, 2011 9:28 pm

    Looks good Gina!!

  22. Jennifer permalink
    October 14, 2011 2:35 pm

    Yum-looks delicious!!

  23. Jan permalink
    October 16, 2011 10:07 pm

    Looks good, I think I’ll try in the next few days :D

  24. Steph permalink
    October 24, 2011 12:25 pm

    MMMM looks super tasty! I will have to make this one!!!

  25. Will permalink
    October 26, 2011 9:29 pm

    Om nom nom

  26. simone sörgel permalink
    October 27, 2011 4:37 am

    hmmm yum yum…. looks so tasty! i’ll try it! well done Gina!

  27. Amy permalink
    October 29, 2011 11:00 am

    Looks amazing, can cook it for me any time! :)

  28. David permalink
    October 29, 2011 5:16 pm

    yum, nice Gina!

  29. Sam (THC) permalink
    October 29, 2011 6:14 pm

    Magnifique!!!

  30. John (THC) permalink
    October 29, 2011 6:23 pm

    Excellent, I am flabbergasted!!!

  31. Travis permalink
    October 29, 2011 6:26 pm

    looks yummy!

  32. vicky permalink
    October 29, 2011 6:30 pm

    yummy yums looks great

  33. Deb permalink
    October 30, 2011 5:59 pm

    yum

  34. Jack permalink
    October 30, 2011 6:21 pm

    om nom nom!

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