RECIPE: Grilled Asparagus Salad

05/02/2014 at 04:57 PM ET

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Christian Seel

David Posey

Grilled Asparagus Salad with Spring Onions, Goat Cheese, Egg & Chamomile Peanuts
Serves 6 as an appetizer

1 lb. green asparagus
1 lb. white asparagus
2 tbsp. peanut oil
Salt to taste

Break green and white asparagus by bending both ends, letting the asparagus break at woody end. Lightly coat the asparagus in peanut oil, season with salt and grill until tender, about 2 minutes.

Charred spring onions
½ lb spring onions
1 tbsp. sugar
Salt to taste

Cut onions in half lengthwise, keeping the greens intact. Sprinkle the onions with a little salt and sugar, and char, cut side down, in a hot pan. Cook until lightly charred and tender.

Goat cheese mousse
4 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped to hard peaks
1½ cup soft goat cheese, at room temperature
1 tbsp. salt
½ pound firm goat cheese, set aside to be grated over the dish

In a large clean bowl, whisk cheese and salt together until smooth. Gently fold cheese and cream together, adding a 1/3 of the cream at a time, folding until well incorporated.

Hard boiled eggs
6 eggs

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Gently lower the eggs into the water, reduce the heat and simmer for 12 minutes. Remove eggs from water. Crack and carefully remove shell. Chill eggs.

Fish sauce vinaigrette
1½ cups parts neutral flavored oil
1 cup champagne vinegar
1 tbsp. fish sauce
1 shallot, finely minced
3 springs of thyme, leaves pulled and chopped
1 tsp. salt

Mix all the ingredients together. The vinaigrette will keep well in the refrigerator, and is delicious on any salad or kale.

Chamomile peanuts
2 tsp. dried chamomile, ground fine
1 tsp. clove, ground
1 tsp. dried mint leaves, ground
1 tsp. salt
1 pint peanuts
2 tsp. peanut oil

Toast peanuts lightly in peanut oil until golden. Mix together chamomile, clove, mint and salt, set aside. Drain peanuts on a paper towel and while still hot, toss with spices. Cool to room temperature and chop roughly.

To serve
1. Lightly warm grilled asparagus and toss with vinaigrette to coat.

2. Dollop a spoonful of goat cheese mousse onto a plate. Place asparagus on top of the mousse and scatter peanuts on top of asparagus. Grate egg and firm goat cheese on top of the salad, covering everything. Scatter a few leaves on thyme on top.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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