We are falling back in love with “old school” staples and even better when we find organic grains from the UK! We have found spelt utterly delicious and looking forward to trying more from this range too.  Check out this plant-based super salad, packed full of Sharpham park filling pearled spelt, fresh greens and roasted artichokes topped with a squeeze of tangy lemon juice.

Ingredients:

3 large globe artichokes
4 medium lemons, juiced (150ml)
2 bay leaves
2 sprigs fresh thyme
4 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
125ml white wine
60ml olive oil
150g green peas, fresh or frozen
100g pearled spelt, rinsed
20g parsley, roughly chopped
1 small gem lettuce, cut in half lengthways and again into 3 or 4 wedges
Salt and black pepper
1 or 2 tsp chilli flakes (or 1 or 2 tsp plain chilli flakes)

Method:

1. Heat the oven to 200C/400F/gas mark 6.
2. Cut most of the stalk off the artichokes and remove the tough outer leaves by hand. When you reach the softer leaves, take a sharp serrated knife and trim 2–3cm from the top. Cut the artichoke in half lengthways, so you can reach the heart, and scrape it clean.
3. Rub the heart with a teaspoon of lemon juice to stop it discolouring, then cut each artichoke into 5mm slices, place in a bowl of cold water and stir in half the remaining lemon juice.
4. Once all the artichokes are prepped, drain and spread on a 21cm x 23cm baking tray. Add the remaining lemon juice, bay, thyme, garlic, wine and oil, cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes, until tender.
5. Remove, take off the foil and leave to cool down.
6. Fill a medium saucepan with cold water, bring to a boil, add the peas and blanch for 30 seconds. Lift out the peas with a slotted spoon, plunge them into cold water, drain and leave to dry. Tip the spelt into the boiling water and simmer gently until al dente (about 20 minutes). Drain, refresh and leave to dry.
7. Put the artichokes and their juices in a large bowl, add the peas, spelt,
parsley, lettuce, half a teaspoon of salt and some black pepper, toss
gently, sprinkle with chilli and serve

With thanks to Sharpham Park for this fantastic recipe.