I had the most amazing meal at Salt Yard – a rabbit dish so good that it made me laugh, fried parsnips with truffle and rosemary honey and padron peppers were all stand out tapas that I couldn’t wait to try to recreate at home. It’s really hard to get hold of padron peppers, the only place I could source them was from Brindisa in Borough Market, where you can get a bag of 30 for around £3.50.
Also known as “russian roulette” peppers (because every once in a while you get a rogue hot one) they are addictive. They have a much softer pepper taste than capsicums and are like nothing I’ve ever tasted before. I loved them so much I even bought some seeds to try and grow myself. You can also buy them from
Cooking them at home was easy, you just heat upa couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a wok or a large frying pan and fry the peppers until nicely blistered all over. Then just sprinkle with sea salt and devour.
The parsnips were much easier to find and were just sliced very thinly, deep fried and trickled with honey and sprinkled with sea salt.