Spring is finally here, so you will start to see asparagus in the local markets or if you are lucky in your garden. I love asparagus in risotto or a savoury pie, but it is also wonderful as a side dish. You can steam it in your Thermomix for 4 minutes (remember to bring the water to temperature before adding the Varoma on top) Serve with a simple vinaigrette of dijon mustard, olive oil, balsamic, salt and pepper. To make the vinaigrette put the ingredients in the Thermomix and blend for 1 minute on speed 6 or whisk vigorously in a bowl till it becomes creamy. You can grill the asparagus and then dress them simply with lemon juice, olive oil and parmesan cheese or you can bake them in a dish with olive oil, salt and pepper just till tender and then give them a drizzle of balsamic vinegar before putting them on the table. Try them all and let me know which is your favourite. Just remember not to over cook. You want to retain the vibrant colour and a bit of crunch!