Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Pea pancakes with sun-dried tomato pesto

Shrove Tuesday this year was full of colour.  I stumbled across a bookmarked recipe for Pea Pancake recipe in the Guardian newspaper by Bruno Loubet.  It attracted me because it was green, cheery and gluten free.  I wasn't about to serve it with poached egg as he did.  Instead I served ours with a dollop of sun-dried tomato pesto and some salad vegetables.

I had had great success with basil pesto shortly beforehand, but I didn't have any basil on hand and I needed a colour contrast.  I looked up a few red pesto recipes that were quite complex before finding a simple sun-dried tomato pesto recipe that didn't need lots of extra ingredients like basil and red pepper.  After all, I was looking for something because I wanted to use what I had on hand.

My pesto mojo is alive and kicking right now.  This was a fantastic pesto.  I didn't need much for the pancakes and had lots leftover.  It was lovely with pasta, on sandwiches or just stirred into some soup.  I loved the bright red colour.  It has a little oil sitting on the top of the batch but once it was creamy with lovely intense tomato, cheese and garlic flavours.

Once I had mastered the pesto I turned my attention to the pea pancakes.  Actually, once I cooked them, they were more like pea cakes (reminding me of these burgers that I have had bookmarked for some time).  If Sylvia had been well she might have been excited by the brilliant green colour.  As it was, she was too ill to care.  The poor wee thing sat on the couch falling in and out of sleep so our priority was to get her to bed as soon as possible.

So that is how I can remember that these were a cinch to put together and cook.  Not only was she tired but she was grizzly and wanted me to carry her around.  Then we had the palaver of trying to get her to take some antibiotics prescribed by the doctor.  I had little time and energy to get dinner on our plates once Sylvia was fast asleep.  These pancakes were no bother at all. 

Making side dishes was a bit beyond me.  I had thought about making some cauliflower cheese and roast potatoes to serve with the pea pancakes.  It would have made it a really satisfying dinner with lots of leftovers.  Instead, I added a dollop of the red pesto on the pancake stack and scattered some chopped vegies around it.  Who was I kidding when I thought I might have time for anything more!  It was a very light meal and I found myself having a cracker or two later that night spread with pesto.

I am sending these pea pancakes to Jacqueline of Tinned Tomatoes for her Bookmarked Recipes event.

Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
This time last year: A Neb at Nut Roast II - Announcement
This time two years ago: WHB Potluck pumpkin cheesecake brownies
This time three years ago: Citrus Grape Cake
This time four years ago: Garam Masala and Gravy Mysteries

Pea Pancakes
From Bruno Loubet in the Observer Food Monthly
Serves 4 (I made 11 small pancakes)
  • 350g frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper
  • butter, for frying

Cook the peas.  I did this in the microwave like my mum does - cut a tip off the packet of peas and bunged it in the microwave until they were hot.

Place cooked peas in the food processor with cornflour, egg, a pinch of salt and a grind of pepper.  Blend, scrapping down the sides once or twice.  This took me a few minutes.  Check seasoning and if you need to add some more, blend again and check it is too your liking.

Heat a frypan and melt a small knob of butter on the hot pan.  Drop dessertspoonfuls in the pan and spread out a little with the back of a spoon.  Relax, talk about the day at the office, flip over when dried out a bit.  Chop some vegies and check the other side.  They should be a lacy golden brown but still soft inside when cooked.  Serve hot or I think they would be nice at room temperature.

Sun-dried tomato pesto
Slightly adapted from taste.com.au
  • 3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1 (small) garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
Blitz sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts and garlic.  Add oil and parmesan cheese until well blended.  The recipe said to drizzle the oil but that wasn't possible in a little blender like mine and it didn't seem to matter.

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25 comments:

  1. Wow that looks and sounds like a wonderful meal. I adore peas so must try this. I love how they have stayed so lovely and pea green in colour. The pesto sounds delicious too.

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    1. Thanks Katie - and it is GF but not filling GF - though the pesto does help a bit

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  2. Brilliant Johanna, I am going to try both. Cooper loves peas, so I know he would love this.

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    1. Thanks Jac - am sure cooper would enjoy it - I think kids like vegies fried up like this - must try it with sylvia another time when she is well because usually she loves peas

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  3. Those pea pancakes look amazing!!! I am deffinetly going to give em a try!

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    1. Thanks Emily - hope you enjoy them

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  4. how awesome are these!!! Although my favourite colour is green so I am probably biased :)

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    1. Thanks lisa - biased? nah! isn't green everyone's favourite colour :-)

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  5. lovely delicious colours. That pesto would work really well with a whole bundle of meals.

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    1. Thanks Brydie - I ran out of pesto before I got to try it in as much as I would have liked - sigh - must make it again

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  6. I am loving the colours in this post - and that picture of your plate is just beautiful. If that's your dinner on a time-poor night I am beyond impressed! I'm not usually a fan of pesto but do like the sun dried tomato twist.

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    1. Thanks Kari - always easier to take photos when sylvia has gone to bed - one of the advantages of eating late :-)

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  7. I REALLY love green foods. Really. Those pea pancakes are deliciously vibrant!

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    1. Thanks Joanne - green food is fantastic - how did greens ever get such a bad rep :-)

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  8. I love peas and love the sound of these pancakes!

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    1. Thanks Ashley - they don't taste much like pancakes but it isn't so bad when a pancake tastes like peas :-)

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  9. Well I can only think that I would love these as I love peas and I love pancakes! :D

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    1. Thanks Lorraine - I think you would love these too - I think they might make a great side as well as the centre of the dinner!

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  10. Loving the green right now.

    Your pea cakes look pretty good to me. But it does sound liek the pesto makes it a real dish to enjoy.

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    1. Thanks Shaheen - the pesto gave heaps of flavour and some relief from all that green - though I did wonder about green pesto on green pancakes :-)

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  11. The color of these pancakes is just astonishing! They sound great. And poor wee Sylvia! Hope she is feeling better.

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    1. Thanks Ricki - the colour was amazing - and thanks for your good wishes for sylvia - fortunately I made these a few weeks back and she is much better now - didn't take her long to start getting better

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  12. I love the colour of these pancakes - so cool!

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  13. Waw! Your vibrant green pea panckes look judt stunning & fabulous too! :) Yum!
    And to top that goodness with your tasty sundried tomato pseto must tastes fantastic!

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  14. I love the green colour of these pancakes. They look gorgeous and really easy to make.

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