Bundles of asparagus are boiled upright to ensure evenness of cooking. As a vegetable dish, or a starter, asparagus is usually served simply with a Hollandaise sauce or melted butter. It can be served as a starter wrapped in Serrano or Parma ham or the tips can be added to scrambled eggs for a luxurious breakfast dish. Asparagus can also be roasted in a little olive oil or char-grilled.Its strong flavour lends itself to quiches, tarts,soups and terrines. It can also be added to a cream sauce and used to fill pancakes.Ingredients and flavours that go well with asparagus include tarragon, butter, ricotta,mascarpone, parmesan, Greek yoghurt, lemon,bacon and ham. Dishes made using asparagus as a garnish are known as ‘à la Princesse.