Simple Asparagus Lunch



We are lucky enough to live in a world with both bright Spring asparagus and perfect eggs.  I approach both with extreme reverence… and then I smash them together on a plate and call it lunch.  Praise the Lord.

It’s time for another Simple Lunch!  I’m usually smashing lunch together on a baguette, as evidenced by this avocado, and these edamames.


This Simple Lunch is slightly more refined.

It was inspired by, and consumed while reading Very Fond of Food.  This book is tender and earnest in equal measure and I love it, I love it, I love it!


It feels like this Spring is full of new air, big love, bright green vegetables… and this orange monster (always…).

Let’s keep the recipe for this Simple Lunch as easy as possible.

–  Make a hard boiled egg.  I lower an egg into a pot of room temperature water.  Water covers the egg.  Over medium heat, bring the water to a low boil.  Cover.   Remove from heat.  Wait 12 minutes.  Remove egg.  Rinse in cold water and peel.

–  Bring a medium saute pan of water to a low boil.  Salt water.  Add asparagus and allow to boil for about 3 minutes.  Use tongs to remove the vegetable.  Arrange on a plate.  Top with sliced egg.  Sprinkle with extras.

–  I love extras!  This dish is graced with grey sea salt, coarse black pepper, blood orange olive oil, and… a cute napkin.  It is everything ever.

The Simple Lunch.  Inspired.

66 thoughts on “Simple Asparagus Lunch

  1. I love the idea of asparagus and eggs. It does sound like Spring.
    Vegetables and eggs can be a wonderful combination. So Good!

    Joy,I really,really love your cookbook.
    I’m so glad you decided to write it.

  2. Love, love, love asparagus. Love Spring (where is it?) Already have many hard boiled eggs. This is going to be a lovely appetizer for Easter Dinner.
    Love you…..and Jules. He has definitely grown from that little ball of orange fluff into a full grown ‘Joy’. Am impatiently awaiting arrival of your cookbook! It must be Spring as it seems I am full of Love!

  3. This is exactly what I was looking for today for my lunch! Thank you Joy. You are always an inspiration for my brain and belly!

  4. If I buy chalkboard paint, will you come over and write on it? I love your handwriting! (I know- weird thing to post about when the asparagus and egg looks so simply beautiful and delish, but I’m an odd ball)

  5. This looks really healthy, and good!!!
    If you guys are craving chocolate and super simple recipes just google “thebakingapprenitce”
    Hope you like it, its one of my favorite baking blogs!

  6. Oooh! I have been craving boiled eggs recently and the asparagus is out (as evidenced by my most recent post) so this is going on the list of must-makes. Disclaimer to anyone who looks at my blog: It’s not really about food but always is and my photography will never be at Joy’s level but it’s still fun to take these pics. Joy, I am inspired by your unabashed approach to pattern-mixing and use of color so please share feedback if you are so inclined!

    1. I know you asked for Joy’s feedback and not some random from the internet, but don’t ever think you need to put a disclaimer about your blog. If you love it and it makes you happy, that’s all that matters :) P.S. I think your pattern mixing on your most recent post is pretty “Joy the Baker”-ish too

  7. this looks so delicious! it’s crazy how simple it is!
    I’m going to try this soon as a side dish to maybe some chicken
    for i don’t think asparagus and an egg will satisfy my hunger :S

    as always thanks for sharing this joy (:
    can’t wait to get my hands on your cookbook, can’t believe i don’t have it yet!

  8. i love sophie’s new cookbook. have you seen ‘the delicious miss dahl’ produced by the bbc {on you tube}? it’s sooooo great. and the food looks delish… that black backdrop makes the colors pop out even more. yummy… happy easter Joy! xo

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