ASPARAGUS AND ABSENCE

I begin a commissioned writing project today that will demand fierce concentration, so I’ll be scarce on the blogs for the coming month. A blessing I guess, at this time of blank mind and lack of inspiration.

I overcooked the meat last night, but that’s OK, because it was nice to visit with my dear friend and the fresh asparagus was compensation enough for the other culinary transgression.

It’s not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong;
not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich;
not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned;
not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity.
Francis Bacon (Snr)

Asparagus trivia of the day:
The effect of eating asparagus on the eater’s urine has long been observed:
“asparagus… affects the urine with a foetid smell (especially if cut when they are white) and therefore have been suspected by some physicians as not friendly to the kidneys; when they are older, and begin to ramify, they lose this quality; but then they are not so agreeable” (“An Essay Concerning the Nature of Aliments,” John Arbuthnot, 1735)

Asparagus “…transforms my chamber-pot into a flask of perfume.” Marcel Proust (1871-1922)
There is debate about whether all (or only some) people produce the smell, and whether all (or only some) people identify the smell. It was originally thought this was because some of the population digested asparagus differently than others, so that some people excreted odorous urine after eating asparagus, and others did not.
– Wikipedia

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13 thoughts on “ASPARAGUS AND ABSENCE

  1. Mmmmm those olives look good! I love asparagus, I especially like it served with melted butter and parmesan. Good luck with the project.

  2. Also: The word :asparagus” is related to the Latin word “asparges”, which means “to purge.” (See Psalm 51:9) From that, it is easy to assume the affects of asparagus have been known for a long time! (References to the plant as food go back thousands of years.) During early English times, asparagus was also known as “sparrow grass.” (I guess because of how it was pronounced.)

    We were lucky enough to have inherited an asparagus plant when we moved to our present home two years ago. It has produced more than we can eat each year (and that’s a lot), and is a favorite give-away among our friends, who I suspect each May to July, invite us over for that purpose only!

    Good luck on your writing commission!

  3. Very interesting…the males in my family complain of this whenever they eat it so I don’t cook it often anymore. good luck on your writing assignment.

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