Consider this as less of a recipe than it is a collection of techniques which you can use to make your perfect springtime grain salad. Replace barley with spelt, blanch broad beans and asparagus, garnish with toasted almonds or walnuts, finish with watercress and mint - the possibilities are endless!
Preparation time 30 minutes Cooking time 30 minutes Serves 2-3 people
INGREDIENTS 200g Barley 200g fresh peas 50g peanuts 1 lemon 2 stalks spring onion 2 stalks spring garlic A handful of rocket leaves or any other peppery herb Extra virgin olive oil as needed Salt and pepper to taste. Ice is useful but not necessary EQUIPMENT Chopping board and knife Baking tray lined with baking paper Medium sized pot Medium sized pan Colander or strainer Tongs Rubber spatula or wooden spoon Zester Mixing bowl METHOD 1. Begin by bringing a pot of water up to the boil. While the water is coming to a boil shuck your peas (remove the outer pod using your fingers) and have them ready for blanching. Get a bowl ready with some ice water and have a colander or strainer ready to drain the peas. Heavily salt the boiling water as if you were cooking pasta, when you taste it it should be almost as salty as the sea! Blanching is the process of quickly boiling vegetables and cooling them quickly in ice water to stop the cooking process. This works wonderfully to cook beauti