Denmark is expensive. Scratch that – Denmark is VERY expensive. At first you just assume that the Danish Krone is one of those silly currencies with big numbers and low conversion value (true of the Malawian Kwatcha, more on that later) but the high price of living really sneaks up on you.
At an exchange rate of about 5 DKK to the USD, they really aren’t messing about. So I was rather shocked to discover that my first single bag of groceries cost 40$ and was gone in 3 days. EEK!
That being said, produce is really great here and I do think it is possible to live quite well on a fairly modest budget if you are willing to (a) eat a little less than you might normally in North America and (b) get creative about food combinations. Thus, on Friday I roasted up some prosciutto-wrapped asparagus and had it with a glass of OJ. Not a bad meal all-in-all and a great way to enjoy a taste of summer freshness without breaking the bank. Om nom nom.
TRY IT YOURSELF
– 2 slices of prosciutto/ bundle of asparagus spears
-bundle = 5-6 spears (note: I made pretty large bundles because my prosciutto was less-expensive and more salty. You can go for 3-4 spears if can get less salty prosciutto
Preheat oven to a roasting 450F (230C).
Wrap the prosciutto around the asparagus and place the bundles side-by side in a baking dish.
Bake for 15 minutes (or until the asparagus is tender and the prosciutto is crispy) – I had them in for a bit longer and it wasn’t a problem. Enjoy hot!