Ice-cream pants and an asparagus radish salad

Of late, there seems to have been much just cause and reason for celebratory eating. A good portion of this happy eating has included the devouring of some excellent ice-cream and gelato.

So much so, that this Cheergerm has been forced to coin the phrase ‘ice-cream pants’.

Definition: when ones trousers/waistbands/knickers/undies/jeans/skirts have become ‘ever so uncomfortably tight’ due to the over indulgence of delicious ice-cream. An example sentence would be:

‘Oh dear, I have ice-cream pants.’

One could be forgiven in thinking that you had spilt ice-cream on your pants. (Whilst this has been known to happen, it is a rare occurrence for the true connoisseur of ice-cream.)

In essence, when you experience the state of ‘ice-cream pants’, it simply means you have been eating a bit too much of the good stuff. It is an indication that you need to reign it in, just a tad.

To counter ice-cream pants, salads such as these will be thrown down my gob on a regular basis. I will also be exercising more and am about to set off on a walk, it will be a long one. A few days or so.

The Hornsby Market had the most divine bunches of Prince like purple asparagus and rosy red radishes. A brand new packet of lemony sumac spice was sitting in the pantry, crying out in its little sumac voice ‘eat me, eat me’. The crunchy, spicy radish goes beautifully with the earthy delicate asparagus and this zingy, sweet dressing. The purple asparagus loses a tad of it’s vibrancy when cooked but still tastes delicious.


2 bunches asparagus (I used purple), woody ends removed and trimmed into 5 cm pieces
4 medium radishes, sliced finely. (I did mine on a mandolin.)
2 tbl extra virgin olive oil
1 tbl white wine vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tsps honey
1 tsp sumac
1/4 tsp salt
Zest of one small lemon
Black pepper to taste

Boil the asparagus in salted water for two minutes until just tender then immediately refresh the asparagus in cold iced water. Once the asparagus has cooled, drain well and pat dry.
Place asparagus and radish on a shallow platter or in a salad bowl.
Place the vinaigrette ingredients into a small bowl, whisk until combined and pour the mixture over the radish and asparagus. Toss the salad gently.
We ate this with the most awesome bowl of monster cold king prawns (well, the lads and I did) and a scrumptious potato salad.

Cooking Note: Sumac is a deep red, purple spice used mostly in Middle Eastern and Greek cooking. It has a tangy, lemony flavour. It is wonderful sprinkled over a plate of tomatoes or sliced avocado. It can also be used in a marinade or in a dressing, as is done here.

A slight Cheergerm adaptation of a recipe from the Taste of Home website. Link follows the photos.

22 thoughts on “Ice-cream pants and an asparagus radish salad

  1. I haven’t seen any purple asparagus in my travels- the salad looks great but, well, the big fat prawns on the side make the total package very appealing. Yes, I have icecream pants, too much wine pants. and other indlugences pants too. I like the expression. I might adopt it.

    • Yes, the salad was delish but those prawns, my oh my. I think ‘wine pants’ has a certain ring to it too! My ice-cream pants certainly have wine and other elements thrown in as well. I think the ice-cream just tipped me over the edge. But what a way to go!

  2. Oh I do so love sumac in cooking! I feel for the ice cream pants though and I know quite a few people trying to shake their muffin top before Christmas this year… I traditionally wait until 4 January before I flick on my guilt switch. Trying hard this year!

    • It’s lovely isn’t it? And such a great colour. 😊 Yes, I try not to get too ‘bodyist’ but have had quite a lot of celebrating, since October…its all caught up a bit. My ice-cream pants were earned fair and square!

  3. Ice cream pants! I love this. If only mine would melt a little before Christmas comes and makes them worse….you are right to alternate the celebrations with some healthier salad days. Looks delish!

  4. Ice cream pants sounds scary-cold to me!
    But what lovely purple asparagus. We don’t see that around here. Just the “white” stuff now and then, and lots of standard green. It is a favorite veg of mine, except that it is difficult to pair with wine.

    • More scary than anything! I don’t see a lot of white but the purple is gorgeous isn’t it? Would be great shaved raw into a salad as well. I hear you, it does have an unusual flavour that makes wine matching tricky. Certainly a white, Riesling isn’t a bad match. (Or I just drink whatever is in the fridge, also not good for ice-cream pants….)

  5. Well, Cheergerm, even though the windows are hoary with frost and I’m gulping down pot after pot of toasty nutty warming green tea, the picture at the end made me leap into late spring salads and had me drool with envy. It was sooo beautifully prepared and photographed. Wow.
    And the sumac? That’s a cracker of a spice. Love it. I’m going to tuck this one away for a few months down the road, but I’ll live vicariously through you today.

    • Awww, thanks Mrs P, it was a fun one to photograph due to those lush colours. You have described your winter so cosily that I am thinking of getting on a plane and flying there….umm, on second thoughts, I will just live vicariously through you and keep enjoying our sun for a bit. Sumac is a beauty, lovely in a marinade for chicken tenderloins. Mmmm….

  6. Love that purple asparagus. I just used sumac in a dressing much like yours for a purple sprouting broccoli salad – yum! It really adds a bit of zing. But, ice-cream pants? You crack me up with the wonderful, wacky things you come up with!

    • Sumac snap on purple veggies! It’s a great colour isn’t it!? That broccoli salad sounds delish. My mind is indeed a wondrous (terrifying?) place. I guess we have had muffin tops, so now it’s ice-cream pants….what’s next I wonder? (Apart from some exercise and self-restraint?)

  7. I have ice cream pants. And chocolate pants. And…you see where I’m going with this.

    Seriously though, this looks all kinds of nom! I love how appealing you make healthy food look.

  8. A.PROMPTreply

    Ice-cream pants? Now that is too funny. Am going to have to pass that phrase around. Did want to compliment you on these delicious pictures! Sometimes I think the pictures are my favourite part of your posts…….a feast of colour!

    • Oh thanks Madame Prompt! Lovely feedback about the pictures, yes indeedy. I think my pants are now ice-cream and pierogi/pepper pants! Holiday life and eating needs to cease and some exercise need to be done.

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