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Pea salad, curd, pine nuts, blossoms, white asparagus and carrot juice dressing

You'll need

  • 8
  • spring onions, trimmed
  • 1 tsp
  • olive oil, plus extra for dressing
  • 8
  • white asparagus spears, peeled, shaved into thin strips with a peeler
  • 400 gm
  • podded peas (about 1kg unpodded)
  • 8
  • zucchini flowers, stamens removed, torn
  • ½ cup (loosely packed)
  • torn flat-leaf parsley
  • 60 gm
  • roasted pine nuts, finely chopped
  •  
  • Sheep’s milk curd
  • 250 gm
  • sheep’s milk yoghurt (see note)
  • Juice
  • of ½ small lemon
  • 50 ml
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  •  
  • Carrot juice dressing
  • 200 ml
  • carrot juice (about 2 carrots)
  • ½ tsp
  • cumin seeds
  • 100 ml
  • extra-virgin olive oil

Method

  • 01
  • For sheep’s milk curd, combine yoghurt and ½ tsp sea salt flakes and mix well. Line a bowl with damp muslin, spoon mixture into muslin, gather edges and tie with string. Hang muslin in refrigerator over a bowl to drain (8 hours). Transfer curd to a bowl, add lemon juice and olive oil, season to taste and mix to combine. Refrigerate until required.
  • 02
  • Preheat a char-grill pan over high heat, brush spring onion with oil, char-grill, turning occasionally, until just tender (4-5 minutes).
  • 03
  • For carrot juice dressing, strain juice through a fine sieve into saucepan, bring to the boil over medium heat with cumin seeds, simmer until juice is reduced to 100ml (5-7 minutes). Remove from heat, whisk in oil, season with salt, strain through a fine sieve, set aside.
  • 04
  • Blanch asparagus and peas separately in batches (10-20 seconds for asparagus; 2-4 minutes for peas), drain, refresh and drain again.
  • 05
  • To serve, divide sheep’s milk curd among plates. Toss vegetables separately in a little olive oil, twist asparagus with a fork to make nests, place on curd with peas, top with spring onion, zucchini flowers, parsley and pine nuts and serve drizzled with carrot juice dressing.
Note Sheep’s milk yoghurt is available from health-food shops.

This recipe is from the November 2012 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people
  • 35 min preparation
  • 15 min cooking (plus draining)
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At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people
  • 35 min preparation
  • 15 min cooking (plus draining)

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