Roasted sumac asparagus and rap

Macklemore, aka Ben Haggerty, is part of a rap duo called Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. These modern day musical poets produced an album the lads and I love, named The Heist. Imagine tuneful rap with a social conscience. Naturally, half of the album is full of ‘swear’ words, hence, the boys do NOT listen to those songs.

Kid 2 was recently singing this song he made up. I wrote it down verbatim.

Macklemore swears a lot
In his songs
But he’s an awesome singer and rapper
I never heard him say a rude word
But I know that he does
He sings them quietly
It is the ‘S’ word
But I wouldn’t know it if I heard it
My maniac mum loves Macklemore even if he swears a lot
Which is weird cause she doesn’t like swearing
Even though she says the ‘S’ word

Just to be clear.

I never did.

Well, I may have but I am NOT a maniac.

This is more of an idea than a recipe, albeit a delicious idea. The lemony sumac was the bomb when paired with the sweet roasted asparagus.

If only McDonalds sold these little darlings in french fry boxes. ‘Will you have asparagus with that?’


2 or 3 bunches asparagus
Olive oil to drizzle
1 tsp sumac
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 180C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
Wash and trim the asparagus, place on the tray.
Drizzle the asparagus in olive oil, add the sumac and season with salt and pepper to your taste. Mix well to ensure the asparagus is well coated in the seasoning.
Cook the asparagus for ten to 15 minutes until tender.
Remove from oven and et voila! As easy as that. A great accompaniment to a vast array of whatever takes your fancy. That evening we ate it with roasted carrots and pork fillet steaks that had been marinated in mustard seeds, honey, oil and vinegar.

A Cheergerm creation

26 thoughts on “Roasted sumac asparagus and rap

  1. Very funny! You have quite a poet in the family. I particularly like the paradox of those last few lines ๐Ÿ™‚
    Mmmm, roasted asparagus is soooo good. I will have to try this. And the luscious box of Maldon salt did not go unnoticed! My favorite salt!

    • He can tend towards the poetic sometimes, in between playing with Lego and shooting Nerf guns. If he does continue to write poetry I hope he finds another subject! (As I wriggle in discomfort…) Yes, adults who say one thing and do another….think he may be cottoning on? I love love Maldon salt too! This asparagus really is delicious LM.

  2. I love his lyrics! And the fact that this sweet little lad is so perceptive.
    My mom had the mouth of a sailor while I was growing up. And then working in the music industry, I was further bathed in the house of foul language. It stopped being shocking. The funny thing is, is that my 19 year old scientist daughter’s lingo would make your jaw drop, but my 16 year old son (who also is fully submersed in the music biz) would never EVER use foul language in my presence. He would find it shocking to even think about doing so. Go figure.
    Love the sumac touch. Again, my 19 year old’s boyfriend is from an Iranian family, so when they cook together here at my house, everything is sprinkled with it. I’ve really grown to love it. I now shall try it on the spears.

    • He is a source of constant amusement, isn’t that why we had kids? Your mum sounds totally ace! It’s not that I don’t swear, just that I have tried to do it quietly, or when the kids weren’t around..l am actually a fan of a well placed expletive. Especially if it’s funny! Or is required to announce the gravity of a situation. (Ie …Beep! I have spinach in my teeth and have been walking around all day!) Kid 1 will say ‘I am saying a swear word in my head right now!’ How lucky are you that you get to eat Iranian food prepared at home! The asparagus is great this way, hope you get to it Mrs P!

    • I know, how cool would that be? These is a place outside of Sydney somewhere that you can buy cooked green beans in a ‘French fry’ type packet but I haven’t been past that way as of yet.

  3. Oh now this is a cool post Mrs. Germ
    Kid 2 isn’t half bad and he sure has his eye on mom…ahem

    But I love their album too, impatiently waiting on the next, meanwhile I’ll just enjoy these pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks Ms C! He he….I know..they watch too closely….come on Macklemore and Lewis, get a wriggle on. We are waiting….in the meantime we can continue to cuss, cook and eat. ๐Ÿ˜

  4. A.PROMPTreply

    Oh, don’t you just hate that when you realize they’re onto you? How adorable he sounds though. Looks like you’re going to have a writer on your hands with this one…..perhaps you should start him blogging to give him a headstart! ๐Ÿ™‚ Very much look forward to sharing the asparagus recipe!

    • Thanks Mrs P! It’s both hilarious, cute and a little bit annoying, ha! Strangely enough, he does take an interest sometimes in what I blog. Who knows where it will lead!?This asparagus recipe is a delicious little easy idea. Enjoy!

  5. Amy

    We are definitely Macklemore fans in our house too – case in point: my boyfriend had a ‘Thriftshop’ themed birthday party a few years ago. Sumac does seem to be in the air! And I am totally on board with petitioning McDs to serve these in french fry boxes. I’ll have the supersize roasted sumac asparagus box please!

    • Ha! Love the idea of a thrift shop birthday party, very cool. The idea of a super sized sumac asparagus box cracks me up, what would our chances of a successful petition be? Rock on sumac. โ˜บ๏ธ

  6. Very funny – I can just see the McDonald’s server asking if one would like asparagus …no more chips (AKA French fries). I can just imagine the great flavour that sumac imparts. Asparagus season is almost upon us….

    • It would be a blast, I wonder what other delicious meals they would serve alongside the non-fry asparagus frys/chips? English asparagus is fabulous, you are almost there!

    • Thanks Mr Food! Kids are a constant crack up hey? Let the Sumac appreciation club commence, welcome back from your travels. Can’t wait to see how the inspiration hits you. I imagine with a big smack of lemongrass and chilli, right in the chops?

    • Thanks Mrs S! It was yum, he he, he…you can sprinkle this stuff on everything! (Well, you know, edible stuff…) pop on Tomatoes, marinade chicken breasts in it with olive oil and pan fry, sprinkle on avocado….a delish lemony Middle Eastern spice. My endorsement money should come through soon! Just kidding!

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