It’s time to enjoy Spring produce in Kosovo. The streets are full of people selling strawberries, cherries, new potatoes and asparagus. So now it’s time to make the most of this freshest of hauls.
Asparagus is relatively new to the Kosovar palate. USAID developed a project getting farmers to grow it and it is now bang on season and a lovely addition to the Spring veg. It’s also super quick to make and you can develop some lovely dishes for any time of the day. Always cut off the very bottom of the stalks and pan fry quickly in olive oil with salt and pepper until tender. Poach an egg and place on top. You can also sauté with garlic in olive oil, salt and pepper and then toss with pasta and shred parmesan on it. Consider adding mushrooms to this to fill it out even more.
For the New Potatoes: Roast with garlic, rosemary and olive oil. Just poke the potatoes with a fork or knife. Drizzle in olive oil and toss in smash garlic covering the potatoes. Make sure you salt and pepper to taste and a sprig of rosemary to the pan and toss in a hot oven. Take them out when they are crispy on the outside but soft and fluffy inside. Serve with sour cream and or butter.
To keep those cherries and strawberries a bit longer make a quick jam with chia seeds. Chia seeds thicken liquids or semi liquids. So they make a quick and easy, low-sugar jam possible avoiding all the fuss of traditional style jam making. Just cook whatever fruit you like for 10 minutes in a pan on the stove. When soft smash it to break it down. Add chia seeds. About a tablespoon for half a litre is enough. Mix. Put into a jar and then into the refrigerator. You are done.
Enjoy the Spring!