Ingredients

Ricotta

1L Milk

15g Distilled vinegar

15g Lemon juice

5g Sea salt

Lemon dressing

50g Lemon juice

10g Dijon mustard

150g Rapeseed oil

Preserved onions

1 banana shallot, thinly sliced into rings

1/2 Lemon, juice

4g Sea salt

4g Sugar

100g Green lentils

100g Green beans, trimmed

100g Hot-smoked Chalkstream trout

400g Local salad leaves

Introduction

This is a dish focussing on high quality local ingredients and by-product usage which are both pillars of our kitchen at Ozone. We use a mixed salad from Minicrops (a London based vertical farming initiative), green lentils from Hertfordshire by way of Hodmedod’s, ricotta made using the ‘waste-milk’ from our coffee bar and incredible trout from Chalkstream in Hampshire which we hot smoke in-house.

Method

Start with the ricotta. Place the milk in a sauce pan (preferably some barista by-product milk but regular will work fine) and bring up to a bare simmer. Add all the vinegar, lemon juice and salt in one go and stir 2-3 times in a figure 8 motion, then let stand still and allow the curds to develop. Cool until warm and then strain through a sieve with cheesecloth and hang for around 6 hours. Keep the whey for other deliciousness!

Make the preserved onions by massaging the lemon juice, salt and sugar into the thinly sliced shallots and allow to sit for 15 minutes.

For the lemon dressing, whisk all ingredients together until nicely emulsified, check the seasoning and adjust with more lemon juice and/or salt as desired.

Finally, simmer the lentils in lightly seasoned water until al dente and blanch the green beans in salted boiling water for 45 seconds and refresh in iced water to retain colour and crunch.

Now assemble! Whisk the ricotta with around 1 tbsp of the reserved whey to make creamy, season with lemon zest, salt & pepper and then spoon and spread on the base of a large serving platter. In a mixing bowl place the preserved onions, beans, lentils, salad leaves and flake in the smoked trout. Season with desired amount of lemon dressing and gently mix, place onto the ricotta on the platter and dig in.

Celebrates local
Celebrates local
Features more veg
Features more veg
Has a low carbon footprint
Has a low carbon footprint
Sources fish sustainably
Sources fish sustainably
Wastes no food
Wastes no food
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