Chilled Spring Pea and Tarragon Soup

This soup actually takes just a few moments, but pushing it through the sieve takes a little longer. Have a bit of patience if you want something silky smooth, but if you like the texture, just omit that step. In any event, sweet peas and floral tarragon shine bright in a creamy springtime soup that’s superb served warm or chilled.

This recipe was made for one of my workshops I run at Della Terra.


Chilled Spring Pea and Tarragon Soup

4 tablespoons Tarragon Olive Oil, divided, plus more for serving
1 bunch (about 7) green onions, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons Premium White Balsamic Vinegar
6 cups fresh or frozen green peas
3 cups water
Fine sea or Himalayan salt to taste
Ground white pepper to taste
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Fresh tarragon, for serving

Heat 2 tablespoons of the Tarragon Olive Oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the green onions and garlic. Cook until softened, about 3 minutes.

Add the Premium White Balsamic Vinegar, bring to medium-high heat, and cook until reduced to half, about 1 minute.

Add the peas, water, a few dashes of salt and white pepper. Reduce to low heat, cover, and let simmer for 20 minutes.

Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Using an immersion blender, blend until smooth, drizzling in the remaining Tarragon Olive Oil and lemon juice while blending. Press through a fine sieve to strain, if desired.

Refrigerate until serving. Garnish with fresh tarragon and additional olive oil before serving.

Sweet Corn and Olive Oil Ice Cream

Featuring the sweetness of locally grown corn with a medium Picual olive oil, this ice cream is a unique combination that will stand on its own for dessert. Australian Picual has a natural creaminess with a slight bitterness, making it an ideal addition to rich coconut milk and fresh corn.

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Sweet Corn and Olive Oil Ice Cream

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4 large or 6 small ears fresh corn, shucked
1 can full-fat coconut milk (I’m a fan of Thai Kitchen)
1 1/4 cup unsweetened nondairy milk (I always use So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Beverage for ice cream)
1/2 cup agave nectar
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup medium Picual olive oil, plus more for serving

Use a sharp knife to slice the kernels off the corn cobs. Put the kernels in a large saucepan. Put the cobs in the saucepan, as well, breaking them in half if necessary. Add the coconut milk, nondairy milk, agave nectar, and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, then remove from heat. Cover, and let stand for 1 hour. Remove the cobs.

Using an immersion blender, purée the mixture until smooth (if you don’t have one, transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth). Pass the mixture through a fine sieve, pressing down on the solids to get all the flavor. Discard the solids. Add the olive oil in a steady stream, whisking constantly, until smooth. Refrigerate the mixture until cold, at least 8 hours or overnight.

After the mixture has chilled, transfer the mixture to your ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Enjoy right away for soft serve ice cream, or put it in a container and transfer it to the freezer for 4 hours, for a perfect consistency. Drizzle with olive oil, if desired, before serving.

If you don’t have an ice cream maker, check out the instructions here.

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