Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder have a restaurant at Lime Wood hotel called Hartnett Holder & Co. They grow everything on site and even make their own charcuterie. One of the dishes they do is a BRILLIANT sharing platter that looks just like a vegetable patch, and this is my version of that dish, complete with a cheat’s olive soil. The pickled veg are just awesome on their own but this whole salad platter makes a really cool starter or part of a buffet (which, by the way, I’m all about bringing back…)
35 minutes, plus marinating
100g pitted black olives
100g toasted mixed seeds, sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds are best)
½ teaspoon salt
300g goat’s curd
2 tablespoons rapeseed or really good extra virgin olive oil
For the vegetables
500ml white wine or cider vinegar
200g golden caster sugar
60g fine salt
1 thyme sprig
1 small dried chilli or a pinch of dried chilli flakes
60g cauliflower, cut into florets
60g romanesco cauliflower, cut into florets
60g purple cauliflower, cut into florets
a small bunch of baby carrots, trimmed and tidied
2 baby fennel bulbs, cut in half lengthways
12 radishes with leaves
Melt the vinegar, sugar, salt, thyme and chilli in a saucepan, and then pour over the vegetables in a large non-reactive bowl. Cover with cling film and leave until cool – this will take about 2 hours.
To make the olive soil, place the olives in a food processor and blitz. The blitzed olives will be quite wet so lay them on some kitchen paper and squeeze out the excess liquid. Transfer to a bowl.
Next, blend half the seeds with the salt in a food processor until they’re dust. Transfer to a bowl, add the remaining seeds and mix well.
To serve, mash up and spread the goat’s curd in a line on the base of a large platter, then spread a line of the the olive soil and finally a line of seeds. Arrange the vegetables in rows on top to make it slightly resemble a vegetable garden. Drizzle with the oil, bring to the table and scoff straightaway, either by scooping up and plating or just dipping into the elements.
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