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How to make Foodpairing dishes around pea?

After a period of dry weather, the heavy rains of the last days boosted the plants in the garden. We harvest this week dwarf peas like Charmette.

So how do we start to make recipes with produce like pea?
First of all you start looking in the Foodpairing explorer what types of peas we have. For the moment we only have a regular fresh pea.

Looking into the Foodpairing tree of fresh pea, we notice following combinations:

  • Classical ones such as carrot, potato, cod, chicken
  • Less obvious ones such as white chocolate, vanilla, gin, apricot, passion fruit.

For the next vegetarian dish with pea, we have relied on the less obvious ingredients:
Pea – apricot – passion fruit – hazelnut – coffee – peppermint

Why these ingredients?

When tasting fresh, raw peas you will notice the mealy texture. To reduce this texture we made a puree of peas, but this is also too heavy. By adding peppermint you make it lighter. Fresh peas are also sweet, so you can add a sweet component like apricot. To balance this dish we need something acid. An alternative to adding lemon is e.g. passion fruit. Peas work very well with roasted ingredients like coffee, but instead of adding just coffee, we made a crumble with hazelnuts.


  • 200 g apricot puree
  • 50 g passion fruit juice
  • 6 g pectin
  • 50 g sugar
  • 65 g flour
  • 35 g hazelnut broyage (50% hazelnuts mixed with 50% sugar)
  • 40 g butter
  • 10 g powdered sugar
  • 15 g brown sugar
  • ground coffee to taste
  • 200 g pea puree
  • 2 leaves of peppermint
Apricot jam:

Mix the ingredients in a cooking pan. Bring to the boil. Cook for at least 5 minutes. Stop the cooking process when you have reached the desired viscosity.

Coffee crumble:
Mix all the ingredients till you have the structure of a crumble. Bake golden brown in a pre-heated oven of 180°C. Cool down.

Pea puree:
Mix the pea puree with the peppermint. Season.

Fresh peas:
Boil some pea pods al dente.
Remove the peas from the remaining pods and finish the dish with the fresh peas.


Continuing the ‘how to replace’ we looked for ingredients which take a lot of time to make…. like brown stock and replaced them with ingredients very easy to make.
In the following dish with pigeon, passion fruit, chocolate and belgian endive we replaced the brown stock with…freshly made coffee. If you mix this coffee with the other ingredients for the sauce you obtain a sauce where you can’t distinguish the coffee anymore, tasting like you would make it with brown stock.
So next time you don’t have time to make brown stock, just make a fresh brewed coffee.

Pigeon of Anjou, Belgian endive, passion fruit, chocolate and…coffee

Ingredients for 4
2 pigeons
Sauce: 15 g butter
            2 g garlic
            50 g shallots
            0,2 g bay leaf
            0,2 g star anise
            50 g mushrooms
            15 g butter
            180 g bones and legs of pigeon
            0.4 g baking soda
            50 g of red wine
            10 g soy sauce
            150 g fresh made coffee
            80 g water
4 Belgian endive heads
100 g girolle mushrooms
chocolate powder:        30 g white chocolate
                                    pinch of grated lime peel
                                    50 g tapiocamaltodextrine (malto Texturas)
passion cream:             100 g white chocolate
                        40 g passion fruit coulis
40 g hazelnuts
ground coffee beans
herbs to garnish
butter for frying
salt and pepper
Scorch the pigeons slightly with a blowtorch to remove feather remainders. Remove the entrails. Remove the fillets. Chop the carcass and legs into smaller pieces.
Season the fillets with butter and salt. Bake the fillets in hot butter, according to the desired cuisson.
Keep the baked fillets warm in an tin foil wrap.
Sauce without brown stock
Clean the shallots, garlic and mushrooms and chop them. Fry in butter with bay leaf and star anise. Remove from the pan and add water and butter. Season the chopped pigeon carcass and legs with pepper and baking soda and allow them to brown in the hot butter. Add the fried shallots, garlic and mushrooms. Bring to heat and add the red wine. Add the soy sauce, coffee and water and allow the sauce to reduce. Season to taste, strain and finish with a knob of butter. Keep warm
Belgian endives
Clean the endives. Season with salt and pepper and fry briefly in butter. Add some water. Allow to simmer on low heat. Remove from pan and drain. Then brown the endives in hot butter. Season to taste
Girolles mushrooms
Clean the girolles mushrooms with cold water. Dry them with a towel. Fry the mushrooms in hot butter and season with salt and pepper.
Chocolate Powder
Melt the chocolate. Stir in the zest of the lime. Add malto and stir with whisk until a fine powder is obtained
Cream of passion fruit
Heat the passion fruit coulis and stir in the chocolate. Allow to set while stirring regularly. Put the cream into a piping bag.
Roast the hazelnuts in the oven at 180 ° C. Let cool and chop coarsely.


This was a quote we got from Hayden Lambert on Foodpairing :

Bernard, I love the site and I know the boys here at the merchant hotel use it often in conjunction with the flavour bible. It allows me to combine flavours that as a bartender I had no idea would work well together!
Here is a drink I created and helped me win the 42below cocktail world cup london final!”
Catch 42 #2
50mls 42Below pure vodka
30mls Clear Tomato juice (plum tomato’s)
17.5mls Clear Passion fruit puree
15mls clear lime juice
10mls Monin sugar syrup
1small pinch of salt
Cherry tomato garnish
Vodka links to passion fruit and tomato to passion fruit. For Bloody Mary the spices make the link. Go to Foodpairing trees to see the dynamic Foodpairing tree of Grey Goose Vodka.