What an easy and yummy start to summer. I can make these in the morning and eat them in the car on the way to work. One-handed, simple, fresh.
I used a piece of halved baguette from Le Pain Quotidien in Sydney's Leichardt, but one from Chouquette or Rock n' Roll Deli would be great too. I sliced some cold unsalted butter and put it on the bread, as well as some ham off the bone. (Good, dry ham, not that slimy packaged stuff.) With the asparagus, I just cut it into likely-looking lengths, put them into a plastic container and poured boiling water over them. Then I went to have a shower. When I got back I drained the spears (crisp and vibrantly green) and popped them on top of the ham, added salt and pepper and the baguette lid. Fab.