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Starter: Sprouting Broccoli, Soft Boiled Egg, Pumpkin Seeds & Mustard-Anchovy Dressing

Sprouting broccoli is hardy and overwinters outdoors for harvesting in spring and is paired here with salty anchovies and the humble egg, a symbol for the new life that emerges during the vernal equinox.

 

 

Reve en vert organic seasonal spring time dinner menu recipe for two

Ingredients:

1 medium egg

15g pumpkin seeds

300g purple sprouting / tenderstem broccoli

20ml olive oil

Pinch of salt and pepper

 

Dressing: 

30ml olive oil

20g dijon mustard

10ml white wine vinegar

1 clove garlic, crushed

3 anchovy fillets, finely chopped

Sprig of thyme leaves, stripped & chopped

 

Method:

Preheat the oven to its highest setting (250C). 

Place the egg into boiling water, and simmer for 6.5 minutes (7 if large), drain, then run under cold water to prevent it from overcooking. Leave to cool in the cold water, then peel and slice in half.

Wash the broccoli well, slice them in half lengthwise (quarters if large) and place in a baking tray. Toss with the olive oil, salt and pepper and cover the tray tightly with tin foil and bake for 6 minutes. Remove the foil, turn the oven to the highest grill setting and grill for another 6 minutes, until the broccoli is cooked and crisp.

Toast the seeds in a pan on a high heat until popping & golden, around 3 minutes.

For the dressing, shake together the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, anchovy and thyme in a jar until emulsified. 

Plate the grilled broccoli, top with some dressing, then add the soft-boiled egg and toasted pumpkin seeds. Top with the last of the dressing and season the eggs lightly with a little pepper.

 

 

 

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Main: Asparagus & Wild Garlic Risotto

The appearance of shoots of asparagus and wild garlic are a sure sign of springtime and are partnered together in this simple but delicious risotto.

 

 

Reve en vert organic seasonal spring time dinner menu recipe for two

Ingredients:

650ml vegetable stock

250g bunch asparagus, washed

2 tbsp olive oil

1 onion, finely diced

150g risotto rice

150ml white wine

10g wild garlic or 3 cornered leek, roughly chopped

10g parsley, or chervil, finely chopped

30g butter, frozen

20g cold parmesan, finely grated, plus extra for garnish

Salt

Pepper

 

Method

Heat the stock in a small saucepan. Snap off the dried, fibrous ends of the asparagus and place in the pan to steep whilst the stock comes up to the boil. 

Cut the tips off the asparagus and blanch for 1 min in the stock, then remove with a sieve, setting aside the tips, reserving the stock in the pan off the heat and discarding the woody ends. Cut the rest of the asparagus stems into rounds. 

In another saucepan, add the olive oil and finely chopped onions. On a low heat, sweat them gently, making sure the ingredients don’t get colour, around 5-10 mins.

Put the stock back on the heat and keep at a gentle simmer. 

When the onions are translucent, add rice and toast, stirring occasionally, until rice begins to ‘sing’ with a hiss and is becoming translucent, roughly 2 mins.

Turn up the heat slightly then add in the white wine, cooking off the alcohol and reducing the wine until barely any remains, approximately 1 min.

Add the raw asparagus stems and start adding the hot stock, a ladleful at a time, stirring frequently. After 15 mins, all the stock should be added, the rice should be creamy and nearly cooked with a slight bite. If it’s dry, add a splash of water.

Remove from the heat, stir in the wild garlic and reserved tips of asparagus. Place the frozen butter and grated parmesan on the top of the risotto, cover the saucepan and leave to rest for 2 minutes.

Using the handle, begin rhythmically pushing the pan back and forth, making the rice fold back on itself, emulsifying the butter, cheese and stock. Adjust seasoning if necessary (may not be necessary if your stock or butter is already salted).

Serve immediately. Garnish with parmesan and freshly milled black pepper.

 

 

 

Reve en vert organic seasonal spring time dinner menu recipe for two

Dessert: Pear Cake & Whipped Cream

With no fresh British fruits available at this time of year, now is the time to make use of the remnants of last year’s harvest! Certain varieties of apples and pears are suited to long term storage, and either can be used for this cake. This recipe makes 6-8 portions.

 

 

Reve en vert organic seasonal spring time dinner menu recipe for two

Ingredients:

250g pear, peeled & cubed

125g butter, softened

125g caster sugar

2 eggs

125g white or wholemeal self raising flour, sifted

1 tsp vanilla essence

 

Method: 

Preheat the oven to 160C (convection oven) or 180 (conventional oven)

Grease the sides of a 20cm tin, and line the bottom with parchment paper.

Beat the softened butter and sugar until pale.

Continue beating, adding the eggs one by one.

Add the vanilla, and fold in the flour with a spatula.

Fold in the pears.

Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared tin and bake in the middle of the oven for 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.

Allow to cool and serve with whipped cream. The next day, the cake is best eaten when it has been slightly warmed throughout.

 

 

 

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