If you use Fresh thyme leaves instead of crushed dried thyme leaves, please note that these tends to be infested with aphids, thrips and other insects. Please check “Special Instructions” below for instructions on insect inspection.
1 lb. fresh asparagus
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1/2 cup dark ale or dark beer
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed dried thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
Add asparagus to boiling, salted water (about 1-inch) and cook, covered, about 2 minutes or until barely tender. Drain and place the asparagus on a serving platter. Cover and keep warm. In a bowl combine the mustard, ale, honey, garlic, thyme and salt; mix well. Pour the dressing over the cooked asparagus.
Fresh Herbs and Insect Infestation:
Fresh thyme leaves and other herbs (including thyme, basil, cilantro, dill, oregano, parsley, rosemary and sage) are often used as spices or garnishing. Aphids, thrips and other insects may often be found on the leaves and stems of these herbs. Insects tend to nestle in the crevices between the leaves and branches of herbs. These insects can curl up and stick to the leaf once they come in contact with water.
In order to determine if a particular bunch of herbs is infested prior to washing, bang it several times over a white cloth. This is most important when checking oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme. If only one or two insects are found, proceed with the steps below. If three or more insects are detected in a particular bunch of herbs, it should not be used.
1. Soak herbs in a solution of cold water and vegetable wash. The proper amount of vegetable wash has been added when some bubbles are observed in the water. (In the absence of vegetable wash, several drops of concentrated non-scented liquid detergent may be used. However, for health reasons, thoroughly rinse off the soapy solution.)
2. Agitate the herbs in the soapy water, in order to loosen the sticking excretion of the bugs.
3. Using a heavy stream of water, thoroughly wash off the soap and other foreign matter from the herbs.
4. Check both sides of each leaf under direct light.
5. If one or two insects are found, rewash the herbs.
6. If any insects are found after repeating the agitation process twice, the entire bunch must be discarded.