Boil the eggs hard, peel and grate them on the sieve fine.
Cut the ham into small strips.
Cream of Asparagus soup
Melt the butter in a large saucepan and stir in the flour.
Cook for two minutes over low heat until the flour is cooked.
Allow cooling to room temperature.
Peel the asparagus with a vegetable peeler.
Break the woody bottom from the asparagus and get rid of it. Do this by holding the bottom of the asparagus and flex at ⅔ from the bottom.
Cut the top off of the asparagus ( about ¾ inch (two cm0) and cut the remainder of the asparagus into small pieces.
Add the asparagus tops along with the stock and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
Cook the asparagus for about 10 minutes.
Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a plate.
Put the rest of the asparagus in the remaining broth in the pan and cook for 20 minutes.
Then puree the asparagus with the stock in a blender.
Pour the asparagus broth with the cooled flour, while stirring with a whisk.
Heat the soup for about 5 minutes and then pour in the cream.
Season with salt and pepper.
Ladle the soup into a soup bowl and spoon 1 tablespoon asparagus tips on top.
Garnish with strips of ham and grated egg.
1. Asparagus - By breaking the woody part of the asparagus instead of cutting it, you are at exactly the right point, avoiding the fleshy part into your soup and keeping most of the asparagus for your soup. 2. Alternatives -Asparagus - Replace the white asparagus with green asparagus.Ham - You can also replace the ham with smoked salmon (for a luxury version). For a vegetarian soup, replace the ham with slices of mushrooms which you lightly fry in butter.Cream - You can also use cooking cream to ensure that the soup does not curdle.3. Storage -Cool this soup quickly and then keep it covered in the refrigerator for 2 days. Heat it until it is warm, but not yet boiling. The soup can curdle because of the added cream.Do not freeze this soup. Because you have added cream, it can curdle.4. Nutrition - With this recipe, you can fill four large soup bowls. The nutritional values are per soup bowl, including topping.