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On a hot summer day nothing is better than eating fresh, seasonal foods prepared at home using your own home grown ingredients. This recipe is ideal to use your peas collected at this time of year. Serves 2-4.
- 9 oz fresh peas
- 4 oz/110 g mint leaves
- 1 lemon
- 4 oz/110 g pumpkin seeds
- 6 dates, pitted
- 1 small chili
- 50 ml plain yogurt
- 1 small lettuce
- 4 stalks celery
- 6 spring onions
- Salt and pepper to season
Place some cold water into a bowl, preferably adding ice to keep temperature low. Bring 1000 ml water to boil in a pan.
Add the peas to the boiling pan for 30 seconds, and then remove them and place in the bowl of iced water for 10 minutes. You do not wish to overcook the peas in order to retain their crispiness.
To prepare the dressing, remove the seeds from the chili and cut into small pieces. Cut the lemon in half and collect the juice. Remove the mint leaves from the stalks. Place the dates, chili, lemon juice, mint into a bowl and blend until they are smooth in consistency, adding 2 tablespoons of water. Stir in the yogurt.
Cut the lettuce, celery and spring onions into small pieces and place in a serving bowl. Add the peas, pumpkin seeds, celery, spring onions and salt.
Mix the ingredients, adding the mint and date dressing.
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