Langoustines with aubergine, seaweed and fusilloni

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  • medium
  • 10
  • 60 minutes, plus 10 hours infusing



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Sea jelly

Aubergine and seaweed purée

To serve

  • 20 fusilloni pasta
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt
  • micro herbs
Begin by preparing the sea jelly as this will need time to infuse. Place the peppermint, onion, lemon, salt and sea water into a vacuum bag and seal. Leave to infuse for at least 10 hours
After this time, pass the liquid through a fine sieve into a jug. Pour about a quarter of the liquid into a small pan and place over a moderate heat, adding in the agar agar and pectin once it reaches boiling point. Stir well, then pour back into the jug with the remaining mixture
  • 6g of agar agar
  • 10g of pectin
Cover the jug with clingfilm and place in the fridge to chill for at least an hour until set. Once set, place in a blender and blitz until smooth, then transfer to a piping bag and reserve in the fridge until ready to serve
To make the aubergine and seaweed purée wrap the aubergines in clingfilm and cook in a microwave for 10 minutes until completely soft. When cool enough to handle, unwrap the aubergines and scrape out the flesh from the skins
Heat a dash of olive oil to a pan and fry the chopped garlic for a few minutes over a moderate heat. Add the aubergine flesh, nori seaweed and the sea water. Cook for 8–10 minutes, stirring occasionally, then transfer to a blender and blitz until it forms a smooth, loose purée. Add a little olive oil if necessary, then set to one side and keep warm until ready to serve
Place the fusilloni pasta in a large pan of boiling salted water and cook for 8–10 minutes until cooked through. Drain and toss with some extra virgin olive oil while warm
  • 20 fusilloni pasta
  • extra virgin olive oil
Heat a frying pan with a little oil over a high heat and fry the peeled langoustines for 1–2 minutes until golden
Pour a little of the warm aubergine and seaweed purée into each serving bowl and divide the pasta and langoustines between them. Pipe large dots of the sea jelly around the bowl and garnish with a sprinkling of extra dried nori seaweed, micro herbs, a pinch of sea salt and a few drops of olive oil
  • sea salt
  • micro herbs
  • extra virgin olive oil
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