Sarah Howson, manager of Sandleigh tearoom in Croyde shares a recipe for pea and fresh mint soup.
AT Sandleigh, we make a fresh soup for the tea room daily. We grow a lot of the vegetables and herbs in the walled kitchen garden so take inspiration from what we are harvesting. At this time of year we are planting out our new pea plants. Here is a very simple recipe for pea and fresh mint soup. Enjoy!
Dice an onion and finely chop a few stalks of celery and add to a pot with a glug of olive oil.
Add a couple of chopped garlic cloves and soften.
At this stage we add fresh herbs from the garden – a handful of what is there really – parsley, a touch of rosemary and some thyme. Then add a quantity of cold water to the pot and bring to the boil.
Add the peas (frozen will be fine if you don't have fresh) and a sliced leek. Stir in a good quality vegetable stock and cook through. Turn off the heat and add a handful of shredded fresh mint along with more fresh parsley and salt and black pepper.
Blend and serve with fresh bread.
You can add cream or creme fresh or even ham to this soup if you fancy it.