Tuesday 4 August 2015

FOOD: Pea, Broad Bean and Mint with Goats Cheese on Crackers

 I love summer for one thing - the food, oh and being able to sit outside to eat the food. There's nothing better for getting you in the holiday mood than eating al fresco!
Recently I've wanted to mix up what I'm eating for lunch, there was far too much emphasis on bread. I got bored and wanted to explore meals that didn't focus on bread - out went the sandwiches, soup and bread, beans on toast, eggs on toast etc. That's where this pea, broad bean and mint dip/spread thing (not sure what to call it) with goat's cheese came about - it would be delicious as a dip or with crackers. Let's be honest, it would also be amazing on toast! It's simple, relatively healthy and completely perfect for summer picnics.
What you need:
300g frozen peas
300g frozen broad beans
6 fresh mint leaves
5 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves
1 lemon, zest and juice
Black pepper and salt
100g soft goats cheese
Your choice of crackers, I used ryvita
Pea shoots, to serve

What to do:
1) Cook the peas and broad beans for about 3 minutes in boiling water. Drain and run under cold water, repeat at lease twice.
2) Put 3 tbsp of olive oil in a large pan and very gently cook the garlic. You're wanting to take the raw edge off the garlic, rather than cook it. Pour the oil and garlic into a jug to cool.
3) Blitz the cooked peas, broad beans, mint, lemon juice and 1 tbsp olive oil together. You can blitz it to the texture you prefer, personally I prefer it on the chunkier side. Season with black pepper and salt. Empty into a bowl and drizzle with the last tbsp of olive oil.
4) To serve, spread the goat's cheese onto a cracker, top with the pea, broad bean and mint spread thing and pea shoots.
If you're going to take this to a picnic I'd recommend taking the pea spread thing in a tuppaware container, separate to the crackers and goat's cheese, as it will make the crackers less crunchy. 

What's your favourite picnic food?

Feel free to leave me a comment :)

Helen x
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  1. This sounds lovely Helen, so fresh and healthy. And your so right, eating outside, be it in the garden or on a picnic with the sun shining, is just a million times better than eating inside.
    Angela x
    Only Crumbs Remain

  2. This is a great idea - I love that you call it a pea spread thing haha! It's come out so green, it must be good for you too! Sabrina xx #twinklytuesday

  3. So healthy! I've been terrible recently, when it's perfect salad weather, I've been eating bread for lunch! Soup and bread. It's no wonder I feel bloated! Terribly my favourite picnic food is sausage rolls and mini sausages haha! All the yummy things that make me feel a bit bleaugh by the end of it! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    1. I know what you mean about bread - it's all I seem to eat sometimes! I couple of weeks ago I challenged myself to not eat any bread for a week and I blogged about my lunches here - http://treasureeverymoment01.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/food-diary-week-of-lunches-without-bread.html - if you need any inspiration :)

      Helen x

  4. Love this, fab alternative to bread. Thanks for linking up x


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