vegetarian Chargrilled Wye Valley Asparagus, Sheep’s Curd and Sorrel recipe by Lisa Goodwin Allen

Lisa Goodwin Allen

Lisa Goodwin Allen

18th May 2018
Lisa Goodwin Allen

vegetarian Chargrilled Wye Valley Asparagus, Sheep’s Curd and Sorrel recipe by Lisa Goodwin Allen

vegetarian Chargrilled Wye Valley Asparagus, Sheep’s Curd and Sorrel recipe by Lisa Goodwin Allen, executive chef at Michelin-starred Northcote. This dish is from her new Plant-Based Tasting Menu.

Whether you are a strict veggie, occasional meat-eater or are making an effort to eat more vegetables, the new plant-based menu includes some of the best seasonal produce around. A symphony of colour and texture is presented with Lisa's flair for classic flavours with a modern twist.


  • Serves 4
  • Chargrilled Asparagus Ingredients:
  • 8 spears of asparagus
  • 25g sugar
  • 15g salt
  • 500ml Water
  • Sheep’s Curd Dressing Ingredients:
  • 150g crème fraiche
  • 150g buttermilk
  • 10g roast garlic
  • 6g lemon juice
  • 100g sheep’s curd
  • Sorrel Oil Ingredients:
  • 200g sorrel
  • 200g grapeseed oil
  • Sourdough Crumb Ingredients:
  • 250g Butter
  • 50g Sourdough Starter


Gently peel the asparagus and remove the woody part of the stalk, either by cutting or by snapping at it natural point.
2. In a medium pan, add water, sugar salt and bring to the boil.
3. Once boiling add the asparagus and cook for 40 seconds, remove from the pan and place straight into the blast chiller to cool.
4. When ready to serve, heat a griddle pan and once hot, slightly oil the asparagus spears and place into the griddle pan to get a nice char.
5. Use a small paring knife to test the stalk, there should still be a light bite. Remove from the griddle, season with a small amount of salt, then serve.
Sheeps curd dressing
1. Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth.
2. Pass the dressing through a fine sieve.
3. Check the seasoning.
Sorrel oil
1. Place the sorrel and oil into a Vitamix blender and blend for about 6 minutes until fully incorporated and it becomes a vibrant green oil.
2. Remove from the blender but do not pass. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
Sourdough crumb
1. In a large, heavy bottomed pan, heat the butter to 190°C
2. Pour the sourdough starter into the butter and whisk vigorously to break up the starter into small globules. Continue to whisk until the starter has become golden in colour and crisp
3. Strain off the butter and place crumb onto an absorbent cloth and season with salt.
Red Butterfly Sorrel
To Serve:
Place a spoon of the sheep’s curd in the middle of the plate, and ½ tsp of sorrel oil in the centre of the curd, place 1 spear next to the curd, then the second next to that slightly higher. Add a tsp of the sourdough crumb, and finish with the butterfly sorrel on top of the asparagus.

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