Eat Seasonal

with Andrew Wilkinson of Artisan

Summer is one of my personal highlights as a chef, thanks to the abundance of fresh produce that’s available on our doorstep.

There’s nothing better than using home-grown ingredients in your recipes and this summer, I am looking forward to harvesting my pea plants and using fresh elderflowers in my homemade cordials.

It’s also the best time of year for foraging and our forager Andy Young supplies us with freshly-picked wild mint, watercress, girolles and mushrooms. It’s no surprise that we decided to focus our recent seasonal showcase event on these gems. Taking inspiration from our region’s meadows and hedgerows, we used a diverse range of ingredients to complement and enhance dishes such as saddle of rabbit and wild salmon.

For a true taste of summer – and a nod to the produce that’s growing in my own garden – I’m sharing with you a simple but delicious dish that features English peas as its star ingredient, together with a sea trout recipe that uses fennel, shallots and basil to create a delicate, balanced plate, perfect for dining al fresco.

Don’t forget, we’re always crafting new menus here at artisan that show off the finest regional produce, so be sure to pop in over the summer to sample our seasonal flavour combinations for yourself.

Sea Trout

Ingredients

4 x 150g fillets of sea trout

For the braised fennel

4 x fennel

Chicken stock

For the tapenade

300g black olives

2 x garlic cloves

4 x anchovies

Basil

Olive oil

For the sauce vierge

1 x garlic clove finely sliced

200ml olive oil

2 x shallots finely diced

1 x tsp toasted coriander seeds

50ml white wine vinegar

Method

Braised fennel. Cut the fennel lengthways into slices. Melt the butter in a pan, add the fennel and then caramelise. Once caramelised, add the chicken stock and braise until cooked.

Tapenade

In a mixing bowl, add the olives, garlic, anchovies, basil, salt and pepper and blitz. While blitzing, add the olive oil until the mix has reached a paste-like texture.

Sauce Vierge

Sweat off the shallots and garlic without colour. Next, add toasted coriander seeds and white wine vinegar. Continue to cook until the vinegar has reduced and add the olive oil. Finish with chopped cherry tomatoes and finely chopped basil.

Assemble

Spread a little tapenade onto each plate and place the braised fennel on top. Add the pan-roasted trout (cooked at 180 degrees for four minutes). Garnish with sea vegetables and sauce vierge.

Pea Cream

Ingredients

335g English peas

300ml chicken stock

50ml cream

20g caster sugar

8g salt

130g butter

Method

Bring all the ingredients up to the boil, blitz and pass through a sieve. Set the mixture aside to cool. While it’s cooling, weigh the mix. For every 400g of pea cream, add ¾ of a gelatine leaf. Pour the liquid into your desired moulds, allow it to set and then serve.

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