- 25g butter
Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…
- 6 spring onions, sliced
Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…
- 6 tbsp dry white wine or vermouth
- 200g carton crème fraîche
- pinch freshly grated nutmeg
One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury…
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill (optional)
- juice ½ lemon
Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…
- 700g young broad bean in pods (to give about 175g/6oz shelled beans)
A member of the legume family, broad beans are pretty hardy and adaptable - they grow in most…
- 175g young asparagus
Labour-intensive to grow, asparagus are the young shoots of a cultivated lily plant. They're…
- 350g spirali or spaghetti
- 100g smoked salmon, cut into small pieces
Melt the butter in a pan, then fry the spring onions for 1 minute, until softened. Add the wine and boil hard to reduce to about 2 tbsp. Stir in the crème fraîche, season well and add the nutmeg. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2-3 minutes until slightly thickened. Stir in the dill, if using, and squeeze in a little lemon juice. Set aside.
Blanch the shelled broad beans in boiling salted water for 2-3 minutes. Drain into a sieve and hold under running cold water to cool. Drain again and peel off the outer hard skin – make a nick in the tops and pop the beans out.
Trim the asparagus – if it’s young, it won’t need much cut off the stems. Cut into halves or thirds. Cook the pasta in salted boiling water as per pack instructions, adding the asparagus 3 minutes before the end of cooking time. Cook until “al dente”.
Drain well, reserving a little pasta water. Toss the hot pasta and asparagus with the drained broad beans, smoked salmon and sauce, loosening with a spoonful or two of pasta water, if necessary. The heat of the pasta should reheat the sauce and slightly cook the smoked salmon, but stir over a gentle heat to warm through if necessary. Serve immediately.