Sunday, 3 August 2014

Hen night supper club recipes: lovage and sorrel soup with hay smoked oil

Menu

House-made Red gooseberry Cordial with Lemon Balm and Prosecco
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Lovage and Sorrel soup with hay-smoked oil

Watermelon, Feta and Mint spears

Croustades with Tomatillo & Jalapeno salsa
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Courgette Flower (soo expensive right now) Tempura stuffed with Cream Cheese and Summer Truffle drizzled with Honey
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Vine-leaf wrapped Baked Salmon

Potato Salad with Sour Cream and Fennel Pollen flowers

Radicchio with Baby Leaves, Pickled Blackberries and Heritage Radishes
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Tiered Pavlova with Violet, Rose and Orange Blossom Meringues, Strawberries and Cream


Lovage and sorrel soup

 Lovage and Sorrel soup with hay-smoked oil

Lovage is an old English herb, reminiscent of celery, sometimes known as 'love parsley'; Sorrel is a lemony leaf. The combination makes a refreshing summer soup. I garnished it with some hay-smoked rapeseed oil I bought in Denmark.
I have lovage and sorrel growing in my garden. I tried to use as much as I could from my kitchen garden for this meal. Julys good weather has meant that the garden seems a little confused about the season; my blackberries, jalapenos and tomatillos are ready early. 

Makes about a litre (enough for 6 people)

500g (2 or 3 cups) lovage
100g (1 cup) sorrel leaves
1 litre (4 cups) vegetable stock
250ml (11/2 cups) creme fraiche
Sea salt to taste
Pepper to taste
A few drops smoked rapeseed oil

Wash the lovage and sorrel, remove the thick stems. Make the stock, and in a powerful blender mix a little of the stock and the herbs together until finely blended. Then add the rest of the stock and the creme fraiche. Blend until smooth. Season and when serving add a little flavoured oil.
If you want a thicker, heartier soup, add half a kilo (4 potatoes) of boiled potatoes to the stock and blend that in.
Lovage and sorrel soup

The next Secret Garden supper club is on September 21st. 
Tickets here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/284184

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