Deo’s birthday is right around the corner, in less then 2 weeks, so the heat is on. See, my husband likes his birthday calm, peaceful, with a special selection of minimal guests and fancy meals. I, on the contrary, like my birthday with a whole bunch of people, in a club, with no food at all. Meaning I don’t have to cook and will enjoy the day making myself pretty :) But it’s Deo’s birthday we are talking about, so as you can imagine I’m all in the cooking, experimenting and testing phase. Hopefully I’ll have some time left to make myself pretty for his special day too :)
The inspiration behind this fancy pea mousse came from a Dinner party I organize for the girls, where we will enjoy 7 course raw & vegan menu in the stunning atmosphere of one of the newest restaurants in the city, but more about it later :) While thinking of the different courses I came up with the idea of a simple, yet delicious pea mousse…
The base for the mousse is peeled peas (I couldn’t help it), avocado, lemon grass, mustard and rice milk, and the texture is achieved with agar-agar and water.
The mousse turned out light, soft, creamy and absolutely gorgeous.
For garnishing I used red currants, limes, black & white pepper, oranges and karambola, but if you are preparing this dish for non vegans I imagine it will taste divine with a slice of soft brie cheese or smoked salmon…
- 1 cup peas
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/3 cup rice milk*
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon lemon grass
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- 1/2 juiced lime
- 1 teaspoon agar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
1. Bring to a boil the peas with 1 cup water and the lemon grass.
2. Remove from the heat, pour the water out and peel the peas*
3. Bring to a boil the agar with 1 cup water and the rice milk, until completely resolved.
4. Add everything in the blender and blend until nice and smooth, for about 1 minute.
5. Pour into small cups and place in the fridge to harden.
* You can skip the rice milk or substitute it for another vegan milk, but the rice one is sweet, so if you decide to skip it – add 1 teaspoon liquid sweetener to achieve the same taste.
* You can also use raw or canned peas, and can skip the peeling part if your blender is powerful enough to smoothen the pea’s shell. If you decide to peel the peas, it’s super easy – just squeeze it between your fingers and the shell comes off.
Preparation time: 40 minutes
Makes 10 small shot cups.
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