- 140g cauliflower, cut into small florets
A brassica, like cabbage and broccoli, cauliflower is a mass of tiny, tightly packed flower…
- 150ml milk
One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…
- ½ vanilla pod, seeds scraped out
- 2 knobs of unsalted butter
- 4 slices pancetta
Pancetta is Italian cured pork belly - the equivalent of streaky bacon. It has a deep, strong,…
- drizzle maple syrup
The rising spring sap of a number of varieties of maple tree…
- 50g fresh porcini or chestnut mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- 6 scallops, with or without roe, it's up to you
This is the bi-valve shellfish with a flat, fanned bottom shell and domed fan shaped upper shell…
- a few chives, snipped, to serve
Put the cauliflower, milk, vanilla pod and its seeds into a small saucepan with a pinch of salt. Cover and simmer for 10 mins until the cauliflower is tender. Drain the cauliflower, reserving the milk and discarding the vanilla pod. Whizz the cauliflower until smooth in a food processor, adding a knob of butter, seasoning and enough reserved milk to make a nice, smooth consistency. This can be made up to a day ahead, then reheated in a pan or microwave.
Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Cover a baking tray with a sheet of baking paper, lay the pancetta on top and cook for 8-10 mins until crisp. Drain on kitchen paper, drizzle with maple syrup and set aside until serving. 3 Fry the porcini in half the olive oil in a hot pan for about 4 mins until starting to brown. Keep warm.
Heat the remaining oil and butter in a frying pan and season the scallops. Fry the scallops for 1-1½ mins on each side over a high heat until caramelised. To assemble, spoon the purée onto plates, top with porcini, scallops and pancetta, then sprinkle with chives.