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Pea Pesto and Caramelized Honey Bacon Sandwich with fresh Marjoram

Pea Pesto Honey Bacon Sandwich

My first green pesto in 2015! It’s made with peas from my freezer as nature isn’t exactly ready for my summery cravings yet, I’ll have to wait a couple months. This is the only frozen vegetable you’ll find in my kitchen, throughout the whole year as long as they are not in season. I like to add them to easy pasta dishes, especially with asparagus, mustard and leak, and salads (like my potato salad with rucola pesto and peas). The legume’s vitamins and taste are well preserved in these little green balls of summery freshness when they are frozen and they often taste much better then the fresh ones from greenhouses.

Frozen peas have another lazy advantage, they save me from peeling them which I can enjoy at times but today I wasn’t too unhappy about this circumstance. It made the preparation for our sandwich a very quick pleasure. I blanched the tiny legumes for just a minute to keep them crunchy before I mixed them in the blender with fresh marjoram, a little garlic, lemon juice and olive oil. I ended up with the prettiest bright green pesto, the colour was mesmerizing! It was a thick and luscious paste, full of fresh flavours combined with the marjoram’s flowery aroma. I combined it with crisp breakfast bacon fried with a spoonful of honey, the caramelized saltiness was a delicious addition to the pesto’s sweet and velvety smoothness. When a sandwich is made with such tasty ingredients it can easily deal with strong, dark bread. I went for a nutty whole wheat bun, topped with linseeds, sunflower and sesame seeds, the whole composition was hearty yet fresh and light at the same time. May spring come soon to pursue all my culinary cravings that have been waiting for months!

Here’s the recipe for another one of my legume pestos: Fava Bean Pesto with Mint!

Pea Pesto Honey Bacon Sandwich

 

Pea Pesto Honey Bacon Sandwich

Pea Pesto and Caramelized Honey Bacon Sandwich with fresh Marjoram

For 3 sandwiches you need

fresh whole wheat buns, cut in half, 3
breakfast bacon 6 slices
honey 1/2 teaspoon
olive oil

For the pesto

peas (fresh or frozen) 200g / 7 ounces
garlic, quartered, 1 clove
fresh, young marjoram leaves, chopped, 3/4 – 1 teaspoon, to taste (mind that it’s very aromatic), plus a few leaves for the topping
water used to cook the peas 1-3 tablespoons
freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 teaspoon
olive oil 2 tablespoons
salt and pepper

Blanche the peas and the garlic in boiling salted water for 1 minute, reserve 3 tablespoons of the water, drain and quickly rinse them with cold water. Purée the peas, garlic, chopped marjoram, water used to cook the peas, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a food processor until smooth, season to taste.

Heat a splash of olive oil in a heavy pan and fry the bacon on medium-high for a few minutes on each side until golden brown and crisp. Add the honey and caramelize for 1 minute.

Spread the pea pesto on the bottom side of the buns, lay the bacon on top and sprinkle with a few marjoram leaves. Enjoy!

Pea Pesto Honey Bacon Sandwich

 

Pea Pesto Honey Bacon Sandwich

 

Pea Pesto Honey Bacon Sandwich

 

Pea Pesto Honey Bacon Sandwich

A Sandwich with cinnamony Celery Root Mousse, Caramelized Bacon and Rosemary

A Sandwich with Celery Mousse and Caramelized Bacon

Another obsession reached my kitchen, winter roots! I feel totally inspired by parsnip, celery roots, rutabaga and beetroot at the moment, luckily, as this is what I’ll get in the months ahead of me! I know that at one point in the near future I would give a lot for a Maltese summer tomato, crunchy lettuce from the field or a juicy cucumber, but for now I’m absolutely happy and in peace with nature’s offers.

Without any intentions or plans, this week became an ode to the root. It started on Monday, with my cider and beetroot orzotto, before I savored hearty parsnip in a velvety soup along with sweet pear on Tuesday. Today, it’s celery root, blanched and puréed with lemon, cinnamon and cream into a smooth spread for my sandwich. When it comes to roots, I like to refine their earthy taste with a strong contrast which is caramelized bacon and woody rosemary for this week’s sandwich. I packed these strong flavours on top of thick slices of a rustic French loaf of farmer’s bread and, although they are all very dominant on their own, they all merged together in my mouth!

For those who don’t share my passion for roots, tomorrow, I’ll give you a break!

A Sandwich with Celery Mousse and Caramelized Bacon

 

A Sandwich with Celery Mousse and Caramelized Bacon

A Sandwich with cinnamony Celery Mousse, Caramelized Bacon and Rosemary

For 4 sandwiches you need

rustic bread 4 thick slices (or 8 if you want to close the sandwich)
celery root, peeled and cut into small cubes, 250g / 9 ounces
heavy cream 50ml / 2 ounces
freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/2 – 1 teaspoon
cinnamon 1/8-1/4 teaspoon, to taste
salt and sugar
breakfast bacon, thin slices cut into strips, 120g / 4.5 ounces
olive oil
fresh rosemary needles a small handful

In a sauce pan, bring salted water to the boil and blanche the celery root cubes for about 6 minutes or until soft. Drain them and and purée them in a blender with the lemon juice and cream. Season with a pinch of salt and sugar and cinnamon to taste.

In a heavy pan, heat a splash of olive oil and fry the bacon until golden brown and crisp. Add 1 leveled teaspoon of sugar for the last 1-2 minutes to caramelize the bacon.

Spread the celery root mousse on the slices of bread, pour some of the bacon juices over it and sprinkle with bacon and rosemary.

A Sandwich with Celery Mousse and Caramelized Bacon

 

A Sandwich with Celery Mousse and Caramelized Bacon

 

A Sandwich with Celery Mousse and Caramelized Bacon

 

A Sandwich with Celery Mousse and Caramelized Bacon

 

A Sandwich with Celery Mousse and Caramelized Bacon