“quicker than you can cook asparagus”, as according to the Roman emperor Augustus.
Good advice for the asparagus, no matter what the century – cook that sperage quickly. No mushiness allowed. Just the taste of green - and a little butter, perhaps.
Asparagus are just boiled, not too well done, and then eaten with Oil, Vinegar, and Pepper or otherwise with melted Butter and grated nutmegs.
- 1661. The Sensible Cook, Rose ed. p. 48.
And now in the original Dutch:
Aspergies worden flechts ghekoockt/ niet al te murruw/en dan gegeten met Olie/ Azijn/ en Peper/ of anders met gesmolten Boter en geraspte Notemuskaten.
- (p. 63 . fasc page)
illustration from University of Minnesota Libraries.