This mouthwatering recipe was created for us by our great friend Sue Nelson at Yorkshire Food Finder. It looks almost too good to eat!
Serves: 4 as a main course or 6 as a starter
200g podded peas (400g in their pods)
150g podded broad beans (600g in their pods)
3 ripe plum tomatoes, deseeded and diced
Big bundle of mint, finely chopped
3 tbsp lavender pickle (see below)
3 tbsp extra virgin Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil
For the aioli:
Large pinch of saffron
1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 tbsp Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil’s mayonnaise
For the lavender pickle*:
500ml cold water
250ml cider vinegar
1½ tbsp coarse sea salt
120g caster sugar
6 garlic cloves
3 bay leaves
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tbsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp dried lavender or 2 sprigs fresh lavender
2 packs Staal Smokehouse Hot Smoked Trout
Lavender flowers to garnish
1. First make the aioli. Soak the saffron in the tablespoon of lemon juice then combine with the minced garlic and mayonnaise. Set aside for later.
2. To make the lavender pickle, put all the ingredients in a non-reactive saucepan, bring to the boil to dissolve the salt and sugar, remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
3. Double pod the broad beans – push the beans out of their pods and place in a bowl. Pour over boiling water and leave to stand for a couple of minutes then refresh in cold water. Split the grey skin with a finger nail or sharp knife and push out the green bean kernel.
4. Put the prepared broad beans in a pan of boiling water and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the peas and cook for a further minute. Refresh in cold water and allow to cool.
5. Finely slice the shallots and mix with the lavendr pickle. Stand for 5 minutes then add the 3 tablespoons of Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil. Season.
6. Mix together the beans and peas with the diced plum tomatoes and the mint. Toss in the shallots and lavender pickle with rapeseed oil and mix well.
7. To serve, place a large pastry cutter or ring (size depends on whether you’re serving it as a starter or main) in the centre of a plate or shallow bowl and spoon some of the salad into it, patting down gently. Lift off the ring – some of the salad will fall gently off the pile but that’s fine.
8. Flake the Staal hot smoked trout and serve on top of the salad. Serve the aioli on the side in a little pot. Garnish with the lavender flowers.
* The lavender pickle is also excellent for brining vegetables such as onions, carrots, baby turnips. Will keep in the fridge for up to 1 month.
You can buy our Hot Smoked Trout in our online shop by following the link below:
Hot Smoked Trout
To find out more about Sue Nelson and Yorkshire Food Finder, visit their website at www.yorkshirefoodfinder.org.