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Menu Plan for Spring II: Week 10, Friday

Asparagus with Quail Eggs
Pasta with Shrimp, Avocado and Olives
Sautéed Spinach

Cooking time: 30 minutes for menu      Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     You can use the cute little quail eggs or regular eggs.  If you use quail eggs,  hard boil the rest for snacks (5 minutes) and salads. I couldn't decide what kind of sauce to use for the pasta, so I just used lemon and oil... It was exactly right!  We'll use more fresh lemon tomorrow for the asparagus.

Asparagus with Quail Eggs

Total time: 20 minutes
    Asparagus is one of two foods (the other is bacon) that etiquette says one should eat with ones fingers, rather than a knife and fork.  For this, dip the tips in the egg yolk.... A fork will be needed for the rest of the eggs, however... And the rest of the quail eggs? Hard boil them for snacks (5 minutes)

Asparagus with Quail Eggs Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Tip:  If using quail eggs crack them and put them into 2 small bowls, 3 eggs each, to make frying them easier.  They'll be ready to slide into the hot pan.  The shells are a bit tougher then chicken eggs so it requires a bit more effort.

Shrimp, Avocado and Olive Pasta

Total time: 25 minutes
     This is a simple pasta dish. Without a proper 'sauce' all of the individual tastes come through clearly, creating a symphony of well-balanced, fresh, savory flavors.

Shrimp, Avocado and Olive Pasta Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Sautéed Spinach 

Total time: 10 minutes
   This is quickly done and best if done at the last minute.  A sprinkling of lemon juice and sea salt is all that's needed to let the spinach shine.  The leaves should be barely wilted.

Sautéed Spinach Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
medium skillet with lid (used 2X), small nonstick
skillet, pot and colander for pasta, large skillet

Put water on high heat for pasta
Clean shrimp if needed
Trim asparagus, cook
Slice green garlic or onion/garlic
Slice olives
Slice cherry tomatoes
Prepare spinach
Snip herbs
Make Vinaigrette

Remove asparagus from heat
Fry eggs
Start to cook pasta
Arrange vinaigrette, asparagus on plates
Add eggs, Serve
Done?  Sauté green garlic
Add shrimp, sauté
Drain pasta
Cut avocado
Add oil, lemon, capers, olives, tomatoes to shrimp
Add pasta to skillet, heat through
Stir-fry spinach, finish spinach
Add avocado, herbs to pasta
Serve