Pea Shoot Update

Last weekend I finally got around to using the pea shoots. After the amazing food we had in Italy I was inspired use them in a sunny summer salad or two. They have such a crazy shape to them that they add a fantastic 3D twist to what would otherwise be a normal salad.

Lush, Green and Curly Tendrils

A while ago at WI (yes, I am a member of the WI!) the lovely Rosie Lovell came in to talk to us about setting up her business Rosie’s Deli Cafe in Brixton market (If you haven’t already been you have to check it out; the food, the textiles and the atmosphere are completely unique to Brixton, it’s not like any other London market). She made us a wonderful dip with peas and feta from her book Spooning With Rosie, from then on I was hooked on peas and feta. So, what better way to begin my pea shoot experimentation than with feta?

Pea Shoot and Feta Salad

Pea Shoot and Feta Salad

As this is a salad I’ve just listed the ingredients, use as much or as little of each as you like.

Fresh Pea Shoots, whole

Feta, broken up

Fresh Mint Leaves, torn

Rocket, use as your salad base

Twirls of Lemon Rind

Fresh Lemon Juice, to taste

Olive Oil, to taste

Black Pepper, to taste

Pine Nuts, handful

The sweetness of the pea shoots is complemented by the saltiness of the feta and the twirls of lemon look so pretty twirling along with the pea shoot tendrils. This is a great tasting fresh, summer salad that looks as sunny as it tastes.

This next salad I think is a bit naughty really, you can make yourself look virtuous and salad munching whilst satisfying your cravings for sugar and cream all at once!

Pea Shoot and Goat's Cheese

Pea Shoot and Goat’s Cheese Salad

Fresh Pea Shoots, whole

Cooked Beetroot, chopped but not too small

Goat’s Cheese, (e.g. Chevre) ripped into pieces

Red Chard

Lambs Lettuce

Balsamic Vinegar, to taste

Black Pepper, to taste

Hazelnuts, handful

The sweetness and the freshness of the pea shoots works really nicely with the sugary beetroot. They both complement the creamy flavour of the goat’s cheese. Cutting through all of this is the sweet acidity of the balsamic vinegar making this salad full of the sweetness of summer.

Whilst I am mentioning hazelnuts, The Boy and I were sitting out on the balcony the other evening and discovered that one of the trees that over hangs it is a hazel! We are looking forward to collecting them in September and coming up with ingenious ways to use them.

The Boy and I wolfed down these lovely salads along with some parma ham and bread for mopping up the left oil and vinegar, delicious! So what do you think? Aren’t they just so dramatic looking? They turn your plate into a kind of  fairytale cottage garden! If you grow yourself some pea shoots I’d love to know what you did with them.

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2 responses to “Pea Shoot Update

  1. Woo-hoo! Another convert! The recipes sound great and tell us how you get on with the hazelnuts. Actually imagine pea shoot pesto, with hazelnuts!

  2. Denise Girven

    Hayley I am soooo impressed!! Salads sound and look yummy!!Roll on Summer!!Love Den

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