by Kate Ford | The Veg Space
Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
Makes 16 croquettes
300g mashed potato
100g peas (cooked and drained)
large handful fresh basil, chopped
2 tbsp pine nuts, chopped
3 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes or vegan parmesan (optional)
1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed, or 2 tsp ready-chopped garlic / garlic purée
5 tbsp chickpea (gram) flour
100g Sweet Chilli Dried Peas blitzed into crumbs
plain flour for dusting
vegetable oil for frying
- Mix together the potato, peas, basil, pine nuts, vegan parmesan/nutritional yeast and garlic in a large bowl.
- Tip the chickpea flour into a smaller bowl and mix to a paste with 5 tbsp water – the mixture should be roughly the consistency of beaten egg, so if it is too thick add a little more water, and if it is too thin, a little more flour.
- Tip the breadcrumbs or crushed dried peas into another small bowl.
- Flour a clean worktop or chopping board, then take a quarter of the mashed potato mixture and roll it into a long sausage shape. Cut the ‘sausage’ into four equal lengths, then repeat with the remaining potato mixture.
- Heat the vegetable oil in a large, deep frying pan or saucepan – the oil should be about half a centimetre deep. Take each croquette, dip it first in the gram flour mixture, then into breadcrumbs (it is easiest to do this with two forks), rolling it around until fully coated. Place into the oil and repeat until you have 4 or 5 croquettes frying at once (don’t overload the pan), turning occasionally until they are golden brown all over.
- Remove from the pan onto kitchen paper to remove any excess oil, then repeat until all the croquettes are cooked. They can be eaten straight away, or refrigerated and reheated in the oven when needed.
You can find the full blog post by Kate Ford from The Veg Space here.
Makes 1 standard jar mayonnaise
Prep time: 5 minutes
2.5tbsp soya milk
2tsp cider or white wine vinegar (check your chosen brand is vegan)
1-2tsp wasabi paste (depending on how hot you like it!)
35g cooked peas
250ml oil – olive, sunflower, rapeseed or a combination of these
1. In a blender or food processor, blitz together the soya milk, salt, vinegar, wasabi and cooked peas to a smooth paste.
2. Slowly add the oil in a very small and steady stream, whilst the motor is still running. The mixture will thicken and emulsify until a thick and glossy mayonnaise is formed. Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week.
See the full blog post here.
Guess what? It’s Great British Pea Week! Yes, it’s a thing!
Launched by the Yes Peas! Campaign and UK pea growers, freezers and machinery companies, Great British Pea Week aims to increase awareness and understanding of the provenance and heritage of peas, giving British consumers a reason to celebrate peas during harvesting time (July – August).
Maybe you already knew…
- The UK is proudly the largest producer and consumer of frozen peas throughout Europe
- From July, approximately 700 pea growers will harvest 2 billion portions of peas to feed Britain for the year…yep that’s nine zeros!
- Britain is 90% self-sufficient in pea production with 35,000 hectares of peas grown in the UK each year. That’s about 70,000 football pitches.
But you definitely didn’t know this!
- On average everyone in the UK eats nearly 9,000 peas per year!
- The world record for eating peas is held by Janet Harris of Sussex who, in 1984, ate 7175 peas one by one in 60 minutes using nothing but chopsticks!
To coincide with #greatbritishpeaweek we are running our biggest ever giveaway with a pea themed package of goodies worth over £200!!
For your chance to win simply head to our Instagram page
and follow the instructions. Good luck!
We recently entered into a Dragon’s Den style investment competition, ran by the Grocery Accelerator; whereby we had to pitch to a room full of industry experts and FMCG investors for £60,000 in return for a slice of our business.
There were over 300 applicants with just 6 winners chosen.
Being the first time either of us had done something like this it was quite a nerve-racking experience. To make matters even more tense, it wasn’t just the one pitch we had to do, we then had to follow up with another pitch on stage at the Speciality Fine Food Fair in Kensington Olympia…… Oh did I mention there were just a few thousand people around watching?!
Anyway, we patiently waited until Tuesday afternoon just before the show was finishing when they announced the winners. 12 businesses had been shortlisted but only 6 were going home with the cheque….first winner….Polar Pops……second winner….wait for it….. TAKING THE PEA!!! Woo hoo bloody hell we won! Alongside the fantastic people and promising food start ups; Polar Pops, Naturelly, Salt Rite, Jim Jams and Equinox Kombucha we’d won investment for 60,000 pounds!
It took a while to sink in, but what an achievement if we do say so ourselves.
We’ve had some fantastic coverage since winning too; from The Grocery Accelerator, The Grocer, ESM Magazine, FoodBev Media.
I guess you could say now the real work starts but we couldn’t be more excited to see what the future brings for Taking The Pea. Please help spread the word and don’t forget to….
Hello and welcome to our brand spanking new website! Here, we hope to keep you up to date with our journey and exciting new developments on our way to launching our delicious savoury peas.
Our peas are home-grown green marrowfats; that have been seasoned with vegetarian friendly ingredients and roasted to make them nice and crunchy. Each one of our 4 delicious flavours (Sweet Chilli Salsa, Cheesy Peasy & Onion, Smoked Ham and Wacky Wasabi) has been carefully created with the nations favourite crisp flavours in mind. Finally, they are sealed tight in our foil fresh packs, which have been conveniently served considering healthy snacking and portion control; each provides less than 145 calories per packet (not per serving as other savoury snacks misleadingly state).
At Taking the Pea our mission is to:
Give peas a chance
Be active, be healthy whilst ‘Taking the Pea’
We believe that healthy eating doesn’t have to be inconvenient, pompous or taken so seriously. Healthier versions of our much-loved savoury flavoured snacks should be available and easily accessible for everyone to enjoy. With a cheeky sense of humour and unpretentious appeal we want people to experience tasty guilt free snacking with our home grown crunchy flavoured peas.
Marketing, selling and networking is full steam ahead and we are excited to announce that our peas will be available to buy here online and also at LOAF a trendy, independent cafe on Tottenham Court Rd in London.
LOAF is a crossbreed of the New York style coffee shop and the classic British caff and we think they are the perfect place to be the first to sell Taking the Pea’s peas.
In fact, we conducted much of our market research with LOAF customers and so they played a huge part in shaping our brand and products, and so we are excited that they too are able to see and try the final products very soon.
So I guess all there is to say now is….. Watch this space!