This weekend was notable not just for the fact that it was the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, but, on a more personal level, by the fact that I picked asparagus for the first time.

With a hardcore-foodie friend visiting from Sydney, it seemed rude not to get stuck into some seasonal produce, so we took a trip over to Secretts ‘Pick Your Own’.

Armed (in a good way) with knives and a punnet, we were pointed in the direction of the best crop and set to work. Despite the stress of supervising my two children with the sharp blades, the only thing severed was the spears and we soon had quite an impressive haul. It was cheap too at less than £5 per kilo.

From field to plate in less than two hours made for a delicious lunch; we kept it simple by serving the asparagus with melted farmhouse butter, honey and rye bread and some amazing British cheeses that we picked up in their farm shop.

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