From the Cooking Class at the Wine School

Arugula, Fennel and Olive Salad

cooking class

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 small shallot
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Fine sea salt
  • 1 5-ounce package arugula
  • 1 fresh fennel bulb, trimmed, halved, sliced paper-thin
  • 1/3 cup oil-cured black olives, pitted
  • 2 cups Manchego cheese shavings

Mix the lemon juice, shallot, salt and mustard in small bowl. Gradually whisk in oil.

Toss arugula, fennel, and olives in large bowl with dressing. Sprinkle cheese over.

 

Chilled Pea & Shallot Soup

cooking class

  • 3 large shallot
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 5 mint leaves
  • 1 pound of fresh English peas1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp Salt

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. If you oven doesn’t go that low, set it to the lowest setting possible. Toss the shallots with 1 tsp of olive oil and place in a small roasting pan, and cover with aluminum foil. Roast for 2 hours.  (Note: we want our shallots cooked, but not caramelized which starts to happen around 230 degrees).

Combine  the water, mint sprigs, English peas, and the cooked shallots. Puree with an immersion blender until creamy. Add salt, 1 tbsp olive  oil, and the cream and continue to puree.  

When serving, finish with a drizzle of olive oil.