Broad Bean, Pea and Ricotta Crostini with Mint

broad-bean-pea-and-ricotta-crostini-with-mintYou all know how much I enjoy my veg box (CSA) from Sutton Community Farm. I just love the quality of the produce and also that it is a not-for-profit organisation which encourages schools, businesses and anyone else to visit the farm, learn all about their organic farming methods and get stuck in too. Well, a couple of weeks ago they hosted their very first Pop-Up VegBox Dinner as part of the fabulous Streatham Food Festival, in the charming new Community Space at The White Lion. With Hix Soho Chef, Joe Fox at the helm, I was really lucky to snaffle a reservation as the event quickly sold out.

It was a lovely warm summer’s evening as we gathered and mingled in the courtyard sipping delicious elderflower champagne which Joris, Head Grower at the farm had brewed in anticipation of his wedding; decorated with freshly foraged elderflowers buds and served in the most adorable 1930’s style champagne coupes, these slipped down effortlessly.  The team were working outside so we  got a sneaky peek at the cooking, prepping and plating up too. Inside, long tables had been set with hessian runners and studded with tomato plant centerpieces, terracotta pots crammed with crudités of baby carrots, radishes and asparagus sprue and served with a fresh wobbly mayo, herb and garlic dip with bread donated by local baker and farm supplier Gaye Whitwham of Sticky Mitts.

The Menu

The Menu

The starter of freshly made ricotta, broad beans which included the shoots and flowers, pickled cucumber, cucumber flowers, salad leaves and croutons, dressed with an organic rapeseed oil was simply stunning. The main course of chargrilled asparagus, served on a bed of crushed Charlotte potatoes and topped with a romano pepper stew was gorgeous – perfectly balanced and seasoned. Pudding was a glorious Mess of farm foraged elderflower and gooseberry compote, meringue, cream and shavings of white chocolate. We also got a brown paper and string tied gift to take home  – one of their printed cloth shopping bags which now lives in my handbag ready for any purchases I make.

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Starter – Broad Bean, Cucumber, Ricotta & Salad Burnet

An evocative video of the evening has been put together by Asa of Triple A Films which captures the night beautifully. It was a truly wonderful, inspirational and magical evening.

broad-bean-pea-and-ricotta-crostini-with-mintSo, in homage to that wonderful starter and to use up the broad beans in my veg box I made these delicious crostini. When it’s too hot to turn on the oven or spend too long at the stove, this sort of thing is just ideal on a warm evening with a large glass of something crisp and cold!

I am taking them with me to Angie’s popular weekly virtual party – Fiesta Friday #21, so that everyone can feel a little of the magic of that night! This week Angie has also eschewed turning on the oven and has made THE most beautiful salad. So it is only right that the party is co-hosted by Elaine@Foodbod and Julianna@Foodie On Board, both of whom make the most fabulous salads! Thank you ladies!

And since broad beans and the recipe are both Simple and in Season, I’m taking them over to the blog event of the same name graciously hosted by Ren Behan.

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broad-bean-pea-and-ricotta-crostini-with-mint

Broad Bean, Pea and Ricotta Crostini with Mint

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup of podded broad beans
  • 1 cup of peas (frozen is fine)
  • Zest of a lemon and some juice
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp finely sliced fresh mint
  • 4 thick slices sourdough bread
  • 1 large clove of garlic halved
  • 6-8 Tbsp ricotta cheese
  • Salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Bring a small pot of salted water to the boil then add the broad beans and cook for about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the peas and cook for another couple of minutes.
  3. Drain immediately and run under a cold tap or plunge into an ice bath to cool and set the gorgeous green colours.
  4. Skin the broad beans – give those fleshy skins a little pinch and squeeze the beans out.
  5. Place the broad beans and the peas in a bowl with most of the mint; grate over some lemon zest, squeeze over a little lemon juice and a little olive oil;  season, stir and set aside.
  6. Toast the sourdough and while the slices are still hot, rub one side with the  cut side of garlic cloves. The garlic will disappear into the toast.
  7. Spread the toast thickly with ricotta cheese and season lightly.
  8. Top generously with the broad bean mixture, sprinkle with a little more mint and drizzle over a fruity olive oil.
  9. Serve as part of an antipasti or as a first course.

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91 thoughts on “Broad Bean, Pea and Ricotta Crostini with Mint

  1. I love this, Selma. I make a broad bean crostini without the peas and mint and a bit more mashed than yours. I never thought to add peas, but it seems a good thing to do – particularly if they are fresh. So soothing popping beans and peas from their pods!

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    • I had a friend coming round and there wasn’t really enough broad beans for 3 servings so I added the peas and it was really wonderful – we were all fighting to get at the last peas and broad beans that had escaped onto the serving plate! I do love shelling and popping too…

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  2. Looks absolutely delicious and perfect for a summer lunch! I love the green color, it does look so fresh and absolutely like summer.
    This dinner sounds lovely, Selma. A teeny tiny bit jealous… But so happy for you! Happy Fiesta Friday. :)

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  4. What an aweosme event to attend to?
    That was an inspirational starter Selma! Beautiful and lush. What you did with the crostini was amazing and made it a completely finger food. Serves on sourdough. Wow. The sourdough must have complimented the salad very well.

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    • Thanks and so easy too…did you get a chance to try out any of the restaurants during the Streatham Food Festival? And I hear that there is a fab new place in Tooting Bec called The Imperial….it’s all happening in sarf London!

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  5. This looks amazing. I didn’t realise you were so close to me. I live in Epsom. I was in Sutton today doing a dressmaking class at Sutton Adult Education College. Thank you for sharing about Sutton Community Farm. I had no idea there was a place like this so near. I am about to make your chocolate and raspberry torte you posted a while back ready for a BBQ tomorrow. I hope you have a great weekend. Emma xx

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    • Thanks Emma – I am in Streatham so not far at all! Take a look at their website – I have posted a link if you click on their name. Their veg boxes are really reasonable and they do so much for the community. I am so thrilled that you are making the cake!! You must let me know how it goes – I have a Facebook page if you want to post a pic there…Enjoy the BBQ tomorrow – I am off to Taste London – hope it’s not too mobbed!

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  6. The event sounds amazing, what a wonderful experience :) and your dish looks stunning, the colours are just gorgeous xx and now you’re off to Taste of London???? I am beyond jealous!! Thank you for bringing your lovely crostini to this weeks Fiesta Friday, enjoy the party xxx

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  7. What a fun event, Selma. I wish I could go to something like that. I love my CSA too and always look forward to my box. I haven’t seen any beans in them yet, but will keep my fingers crossed. Our CSA is sponsoring a pick your own tomatoes day late next month, and I will try to go to that. Your crostini with the bean and pea mixture looks delicious, so green and hearty. I can’t wait to find some broad beans and try this.

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  8. That pop-up dinner was F A N T A S T I C. I have always wanted to go to one as it usually had that true-to-food feel with all the best ingredients and surrounded by people who loved food. You are so lucky; I am so happy for you :)

    Also, this crostini looks so good and so appropriate for Summer, Selma. Eventually, I have to stop turning on the oven, and this recipe will be so perfect for dinner after a trip to Farmers Market.
    I am loving this so much :)

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    • Okay, so I have just had a meander through your blog – it is brilliant in it’s honesty and you certainly have a way with words, that is for sure; I am still chuckling over your plans to paint the walls red – slicing the tomatoes in half first might be an easier option! You have far too many things in West London including the tube and that wonderful Michanicou vegetable shop that everyone raves about…so perhaps a little journey south might be in order to sample the epicurean delights of Streatham, Brixton and Tooting? Thanks for the follow Simon – I’ve really enjoyed your blog!

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      • Haha I’ve never tried the Michanicou shop – next time my bus gets stuck in holland park I’ll have a look in! Hammersmith is the one hole in West London’s foodiness – we have an amazing butchers but everything else comes from sainsbury’s or chiswick high road. Thank you for your kind comments – I need a good look through yours, those beans have me salivating!! A trip south is definitely in order, other than an interview in Teddington I’ve never been further south than Lower Marsh market near the Old Vic! Streatham here we come!

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  9. Hi Selma! This looks like a fabulous event! You were so lucky to attend this celebration of food! Your recipe just screams summer with its vibrancy. I can just feel the crunch of the crostini paired with the ricotta, veggies and mint! Thanks so much for bringing us your beautiful creation! I am going to go now and try to create some calm in the chaos that your dish has created! Look they are using their elbows to get to your dish…rowdy bunch!

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    • Oh, you have made me laugh! It’s those Moscow Mules that Ngan is blithely making to order – have you seen all the vodka empties?? The pop-up dinner was fabulous. I have been so lucky to become involved with the local food scene here – I so enjoy meeting all the amazing artisan makers as well as the foodies who populate this tiny area of South London. Have a wonderful weekend!!

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  10. How absolutely gorgeous Selma. Love crostini, and you’ve created all this so beautifully for such a worthy get-together. Your photos as usual are absolutely beautiful. The Streatham Food festival just sounded right up my alley, I can just imagine the array of foods that were displayed. Thanks for bringing this “cooling” idea for dinner. It’s just too darn hot to turn the oven on.

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    • Thanks Loretta – there are lots of food festivals going on at the moment – in fact there was another one on the same weekend as ours. Tomorrow I am off to Taste London – some of London’s top restaurants gather in Regents Park and are serving tapas sized portions of their most popular dishes…I will come back and tell you all about it!

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      • Oh I’d love to hear all about it Selma, take pics too. I am prob heading to England in August now, it’s been delayed a tad. We should def try to meet up, I hope I can make the time, it seems like I’ll be all over England.

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        • When you know your dates and arrangements, let me know if you have any time at all and we can make some tentative plans to meet – it would be such a shame not to. Perhaps I can come and meet you somewhere – email me all the details Loretta xx

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  11. What an incredible experience to be able to attend that dinner. We had something similar here in Cleveland, sponsored by the local farmers market and I was so disappointed I couldn’t make it the night they were having it. I shall vicariously through yours. :)

    I’m actually working on my own link up party celebrating CSA’s, local business and farmers markets. If and when I get my act together, hopefully in the next week or two, I’d love for you to attend and maybe bring this delicious crostini to the table.

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  12. I love the super vibrant green color! Needless to say it also looks delicious! After 2 weeks of unhealthy foods I am now craving loads of fruit and veg and this looks delicious and just like summer on a plate!
    Happy Fiesta Friday and midsummer! :)

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  13. I can’t wait to check out the video; sounds like my kind of dinner. You guys are lucky to have such great weather (although we can’t exactly complain either). Such a fresh and elegant crostini.

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    • Please do take a look at the video when you have a few mins – you will not regret it! Everyone donated their time and services to make the event a success and that include the video – amazing night..

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  14. Selma.. this is such a wonderful post…. first, I love the bright vibrant colors of that gorgeous crostini…. The peas, broad beans, mint and ricotta would go so happily with a lovely glass of white wine… I mean… I’d really be in a happy place. I’m so making this. …And then…. I LOVED that video… it made me want to be there… sitting, and laughing and talking with everyone. I mean, everyone there looked as if they were already my friends. What a happy video! It is almost 6am here, and you just set the tone for my day. Thanks for that… <3

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    • The video is just wonderful Prudy – thanks for taking the time to view it. I just love creative ventures like this – everyone there (even some of the diners) had volunteered their time and services to make the event a success. The room had been donated, as had the bread, the crockery, cutlery and glasses and the media man plus video. Just amazing really.

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    • Thanks Sally! What I forgot to include is that the chef had to cook with whatever had been grown, was ready and had been harvested for the dinner! The menu was planned the day before – imagine! I would have been a nervous wreck with that sort of time limitation but he pulled it off beautifully.

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  15. Selma, I was not sure if I had commented on this post? Well if I did already it really is worthy of more than one comment. These crostinis are simply divine with the mixed green colors. Peas and Ricotta on brown bread…what could be better?

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    • Hi Thalia – thank you for such a lovely comment. The crostini is a bit of a fave round here – it’s just so easy to make and to eat. Perfect when it’s too hot to cook too…thanks for stopping by :)

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