Bika’s Artichokes With Green Peas, Broad Beans and Sabayon of Verjus

Artichokes have a special place in Fisun Ercan’s heart – and in her new cookbook, Racines, published in March.

After 14 years spent wowing Montreal with her Turkish restaurants, Su and Barbounya, chef Fisun Ercan and her partner have moved to pastures new – specifically, an 1850s farmhouse where she can grow her own produce and cook it for customers in her spacious kitchen barn. In some ways, it’s also a journey into her past and the way her mother cooked in the small Aegean village where Ercan grew up. Everything is harvested by hand or bought from neighbours who share Ercan’s respect for natural, sustainable growing, and the lucid flavours she conjures onto the plate are a revelation.

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Bika’s Artichokes With Green Peas, Broad Beans and Sabayon of Verjus

Bika’s Artichokes With Green Peas, Broad Beans and Sabayon of Verjus

Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 6 fresh artichokes trimmed (see tip)
  • 2 carrots cut into thin rounds
  • 1 shallot halved
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh peas or frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup broad beans peeled (or frozen broad beans, thawed)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp verjuice

Instructions
 

  • In shallow saucepan or skillet with fitted lid, arrange artichokes, carrots and shallot. Add water, oil, lemon juice and salt, and bring to a low boil over medium heat. Reduce to low, cover and simmer until vegetables are tender but still keeping their shape, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let artichokes rest, covered, for about 30 minutes. Drain the artichokes and reserve the cooking liquid.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium pot of boiling salted water, briefly cook peas until tender, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove peas with slotted spoon and place in a bowl of cold water; repeat with broad beans. Drain and pat dry.

Sabayon

  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk egg yolks, verjuice and 1 cup of the reserved artichoke cooking liquid. Place on top of a pot of simmering (not boiling) water and cook, whisking constantly and removing periodically if mixture becomes too hot, until mixture has thickened, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • To serve, place artichokes in a shallow platter, garnish with carrots, beans and peas and spoon sabayon overtop.

Notes

Cooking time may vary depending on the size of the artichokes.
Don’t throw out the remaining cooking juice; save for a soup base or use it as a base for a vinaigrette.

Recipe excerpted from Racines by Fisun Ercan. Photography by Sylvie Li. Published by KO Éditions. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.
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