Pea pancakes with smoked salmon and a little green soup

First of all, I have to thank you for the absolute positive response that I have received from you after the book cover reveal. It was refreshing to share and see how well it was received. So thank you for that.

Now I can breath.

Now, on to the peas – the green peas I cannot get enough of.

I come home with bags full of peas from the farmers’ market. English peas, snow peas, sugar snap peas… Sugar snap peas are quite delicious as they are – raw. We eat them by the handfuls.

I was working on savory pancake recipes for another story and the thought of how great it would be to fold some mashed peas into pancake batter. Creamy and vibrant green. They were perfect topped with a bit of smoked salmon, goat cheese, and some pea tendrils.

Froze half of the batch and ate them for lunch the next day too.

Then there was this green soup loaded with peas, zucchini and watercress and flavored with coriander and a touch of lemon juice. It was delicious with toasted bread and a bit of yogurt.

Both would be great for a spring brunch, don’t you think? Will have to make them for our friends next time too.

Green pea pancakes with smoked salmon and goat cheese

makes 8 pancakes

8 ounces (225 g) shelled English peas
3 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons superfine brown rice flour
1 tablespoon millet flour
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for blanching water
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 ounces (110 g) smoked salmon
2 ounces (55 g) goat cheese, crumbled
Pea tendrils, optional

Bring water to a boil in a medium pot. Season with a generous amount of salt. Add the peas and cook for 3 to 5 minutes until they are tender but not mushy. Drain them and immediately submerge them in ice water to stop the cooking process.

Combine half of the peas and the coconut milk in the food processor and puree until smooth. Mash the other half of the peas with a fork.

Whisk together the pea puree, egg, superfine brown rice flour, millet flour, salt, sugar, and baking soda. Fold in the mashed peas.

Heat a medium skillet over medium high heat. Brush with a bit of olive oil. Drop 1 heaping tablespoon of batter onto the skillet each time. When the sides start to set and small bubbles appear, flip the pancakes carefully and finish cooking for another minute or so. Repeat until all the batter has been used.

Top the pancakes with smoked salmon, goat cheese, and pea tendrils.

Pea, zucchini and watercress soup flavored with coriander and lemon

serves 4

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 celery stalk, diced
1 medium leek, white and tender green parts diced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 medium zucchinis, diced
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
2 cups (500 ml) vegetable broth
1 cup (125 g) shelled peas
1 cup (30 g) watercress, tough stems removed
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/3 cup whole-milk yogurt
Mint, to garnish

In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil. Add the celery, leek and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add the zucchini and cook for another 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Add the ground coriander.

Add the vegetable broth, cover the pot and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the peas and watercress and cook for another 3 minutes. Season with salt and lemon juice. Puree the soup in a blender.

Serve with yogurt, torn mint leaves, black pepper and watercress leaves.


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59 Responses to “Pea pancakes with smoked salmon and a little green soup”

  1. The pancakes look amazing…I’ll bet they’re absolutely divine with peas picked straight from the garden. I’ll need to keep your recipe in mind for when my peas are ready!

  2. Jillian Towne says:

    Your posts always make my day so much better. So vibrant and full of life! You are truly an inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing yet another incredible set of recipes and photographs.
    best,
    Jillian, http://www.zestandhoney.com

  3. I am certainly going to try this recipe. We recently moved to Texas and have quickly made friends with a couple who are foodies. We are enjoying getting together and creating wonderful dishes. Your photography is amazing, I want to bite into my screen.

    Have a wonderful day,
    Kathleen

  4. tinajo says:

    This looks very fresh and tempting! :-)

  5. Maria says:

    I’m going to admit that I’ve never had pea soup but this looks so silky and creamy. And love the idea of savory pancakes with the peas folded in… Just like blueberry pancakes. Great idea.

  6. Aran, gorgeous as always! Peas have been one of my babies’ first foods – so delicious, cute, easily to handle, and of course, nutritious!

  7. Green pea pancakes: what a “now why didn’t I think of that?!” moment. The farmers’ market starts today in Boston … so hopefully I’ll be eating them soon …

  8. Iratxe says:

    ¡Qué buen respuesta de tus seguidores, el libro es ya un éxito!. Jamás había oído tantas variedades de guisantes… english peas, snow peas, sugar snap peas… para mi son o pequeños y tiernos o grandes y duros. Las pancakes me han dejado boquiabierta y el puré tiene una pinta deliciosa. En Venezuela e este tipo de vainas se les llama “vainitas”, mi amiga Mercedes, maravillosa chef y admiradora tuya, por quien llegué a tu blog, tiene un blog que se llama “la vainita orgánica”, esta primera foto es como para dedicársela. Muxuak Aran.

    http://www.cocinaamiga.com

  9. These are the loveliest photos I have ever seen. I can’t even begin to imagine what a tea party at your home is like. Something magical, no doubt.

  10. Eileen says:

    What an amazing-sounding soup! With all those beautiful new vegetables, it seems like it would taste like concentrated springtime. :)

  11. Delicious! That soup looks and sounds wonderful.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  12. Valentina says:

    What a delicious green peas you. We are far from it. Thank you.

  13. Yum! I definitely want to try the pancakes!

  14. Aran,

    It was so great to meet you at Food Blog Forum in March. I was in your last photo workshop and we discussed the fact we are neighbors, but I never seem to score the “finds” you do at the farmer’s market. Of course I haven’t been in a year or so. Have they gotten much more in the way of produce? Last time I went it was mostly vendors selling jewelry, artisan products, etc. I think I saw one produce stand. I’m speaking of the one closest to us. I did much better with my organic group.

    Those peas look incredible, and the soup sounds amazing!! I can’t wait until your book comes out. It’s top on my list. :)

  15. Kim says:

    J’adore ces petits plats printaniers! J’aime vraiment autant la soupe que les pancakes… D’ailleurs, je crois bien que je vais tester ces derniers bientôt!

  16. Liza @DeliciousPye
    You are one of our fav food bloggers. Great pictures and will definitely try the pancakes. Sounds too delicious not to have a go. Thanks again for sharing!

  17. cheffingit says:

    Love the colors in your photographs! So beautiful. The recipes look delish too. The pancakes would be so fun for St. Patrick’s Day. :D

  18. cheffingit says:

    Love the colors in your photographs! So beautiful. The recipes look delish too. The pancakes would be so fun for St. Patrick’s Day. :D

  19. Mallory says:

    My goodness, so much green! I love it. And I would love to try pea pancakes, so original.

  20. Denise- its true that there aren’t very many growers in our area. Growing season is coming to an end, but in the west palm beach area I’d recommend Kai Kai farms, swank farm, Robert and Paula Farriss for eggs.

    Thanks all!

  21. Joanna says:

    I am positively salivating. These images look incredible, truly.

  22. Sandy says:

    Mmmmm, sure peas in pancakes why not? you make it look delicious! I have always loved peas and especially a homemade split pea soup.

    Love your new book cover too! Love your blog ♥

  23. Beautiful again. I can’t wait to try this pancake!

  24. Juliette says:

    These look amazing. Putting vegetables into little chunky pancakes is one of the only ways I can get my 3 yr old to eat them. I’ve tried broccoli and carrots but never peas and can’t wait to give them a go. You have made them look so beautiful, I am in awe!

  25. I have always been a fan of fresh, uncooked peas…and rather against using peas in other ways -until now. Mom would be thrilled! :)

  26. Tuuli says:

    Oy, they look tender and delish!!

  27. tutusandtea says:

    What a lovely post….as bright and refreshing as spring itself. Thank you!

  28. tutusandtea says:

    What a lovely post….as bright and refreshing as spring itself. Thank you!

  29. Picnic Lane says:

    You never cease to amaze me Aran. Can’t wait to try these pancakes. Stunning photography as usual.

    Love Kristina, the Brisbane food blogger
    xx

    http://www.picniclane.blogspot.com.au

  30. Stacy says:

    That looks very yummy!
    Loving the theme!

  31. Pea pancakes – genius! I just created a pea smoothie but this is even better!

  32. Dia says:

    Wonderful ideas! I love the pictures, and what fun pancakes!
    I got a bag of pea leaves / tendrils in this week’s CSA share & have been using them in salads. My year old grandson will love both the soup & pancakes.

  33. Carmen says:

    Uuuy yo estoy en pleno pancake de todo, ideal! bso

  34. I have always love your blog! Amazing pictures!!! Lovely lovely lovely!

  35. Thank you everyone. Hope you try the pancakes and the soup. Also made similar ones with cauliflower, roasted garlic and piment d’espelette. Really good!

  36. elissa says:

    love this! i was just looking for salmon recipes. talk about perfect timing!

  37. a. maren says:

    pea pancakes! what a good use of peas! it’s easy to forget they are a carb and just think of them as any old side vegetable. you are a veggie genius, did you know that?

  38. Sini says:

    Oh peas! A sure sign of summer.

  39. Very nice, thanks for sharing.

  40. Jus says:

    I am sure you get linked to all the time but wanted to make sure you are aware. I linked to you ;)
    http://www.duniaduara.com/dunia_duara/2012/05/blogs.html

  41. I didn’t grow up eating peas, but I began eating them as an adult. And I feel like I’m making up for lost time when I eat them; so delicious! I will definitely have to try these recipes!

  42. This looks amazing. I love fresh peas too. Right from the garden are the best. And the shoots and flowers for decorating food is such a great perk.

  43. Your photography is stunning. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  44. EA-The Spicy RD says:

    Just gorgeous~am a pea fiend and can’t wait to try every single one of these pea recipes! Wish I had my own garden full of fresh peas :-)

  45. It looks amazing! We’ll definitely try the pancakes! What a great idea! :)

  46. Chokladtossig`? titta gärna in i min chokladvärld! :)

  47. Thanks everyone. I actually froze some of the pancakes and has them for lunch again last week. Hope you try them!

  48. your photography is so calming, the lush green in the shots is literally making my stressed out heart slow down :) Thank you for making me happy on a busy monday.

  49. Androw says:

    Very nice post. The recipe sounds good. Thanks for sharing.
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  50. This soup looks amazing! It reminds me of a soup I had in Paris last May. Can’t wait to make it!

  51. {christelle} says:

    Oh, j’adore ces photos so much !!!

  52. I come to your blog by chance and I’m fascinated, photography, recipes, presentation .. opbra whole art.

    I stay here, and following you a little snooping in your kitchen. Forgive my translation.

    Happy Sunday!

    Carmen
    http://www.dietamediterraneasana.blogspot.com

  53. susan says:

    tonight I am forced to make dinner using pantry staples. This is going to pair beautifully with my pumpkin soup! thanks for always inspiring!

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