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Ingredients

2 smoked haddock fillets 

100 g podded garden peas, crushed until coarse 

100 g sliced asparagus 

2 tbsp freshly chopped mint leaves 

150 g brown basmati rice 

180 ml of vegetable stock 

85 g of toasted pine nuts 

Handful of chopped parsley 

Half a red onion, diced very finely 

Olive oil

For the cheddar and chive sauce

60 ml milk 

60 ml cream 

1 tbsp butter 

1 tbsp flour 

1 egg yolk 

1 tsp chives 

Sprinkling of cinnamon 

1 cup of finely grated cheddar cheese

Method

Place 2 smoked haddock fillets into an oven pre-heated at 180 C and heat for approximately 20 minutes, or until cooked through. 

Begin your rice side dish by heating 1 tsp of olive oil in a frying pan and cooking the diced onion for 5 minutes. 

Add in the rice and then the vegetable stock, bringing to the boil. 

Reduce the heat to low, then cover the pan with a lid and cook for approximately 20 minutes or until the rice is fluffy and the water is absorbed. 

Remove the rice from the heat and add to two small side bowls, scattering with pine nuts and chopped parsley. 

Season with salt and pepper.

Blanch the asparagus and podded peas in boiling water for approximately 90 seconds, before dropping into iced water to maintain their bright green colour and crunch. 

Meanwhile, make the sauce by melting butter in a saucepan and adding in the flour, whisking with a folk for 1 minute. 

Combine the milk and cream, then add to the saucepan slowly, whisking until the thick. 

Add in an egg yolk and cook for 30 seconds, on a low heat. 

Next, add the cheese to the sauce mixture and stir until well combined. 

Add the cinnamon and season with salt and pepper, then remove from the heat. 

Plate up the podded pea and asparagus salad, placing the haddock atop the salad, and drizzling the cheddar and chive sauce on top of the fillet. 

Scatter the mint leaves around the dish for extra flavour, and serve with the rice side dish and a lemon wedge. 

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