Jo Pratt's new book focuses on delicious fish dishes that can be easily tweaked to suit a vegetarian diet. Simply follow the recipe with the Jo's suggestion, detailed at the bottom of the recipe.
"Scallops are delicious and require very little cooking time, and are best when served a little rare in the middle. As for the orange coral attached to the scallop, it’s perfectly edible. Some people like it, some don’t – so you can leave it on or take if off, as you prefer. "
- 20g dried porcini mushrooms
- 300g puy lentils
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
- 200g baby plum tomatoes, halved
- 2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Olive oil, for frying
- 12-16 fresh scallops
- Bunch of asparagus (approx 250g), halved lengthways if thick
- Flaked sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Place the porcini in a small bowl and pour over 300ml of boiling water. Set aside for about 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, put the lentils, bay leaf and garlic in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil. Cover loosely with a lid and simmer for around 20-25 minutes, until the lentils are just tender yet still holding their shape. Top up the water if you need to during cooking, then drain, remove the garlic and bay leaf, and set aside.
- Heat a frying pan and add the extra virgin olive oil. When hot, add the halved tomatoes and toss them in the pan until they take on a little colour. Add the drained lentils, the porcini and their liquid, the parsley and lemon juice, and season well with salt and pepper.
- In a separate frying pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil over a high heat.
- Season the scallops with salt and pepper and put them in the pan, cooking over a high heat for about two minutes on each side, until they are nicely golden.
- Remove the scallops from the pan, pour in a drizzle more oil and add the asparagus. Fry for a couple of minutes while you are plating up.
- Divide the lentils between four plates. Arrange three or four scallops per person and a few asparagus spears on top. Finish with a twist of black pepper and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
MAKE IT VEGETARIAN
As delicious as scallops are, you could swap them for some pan-fried cauliflower. For this, you need to cut a small cauliflower into fairly equal-sized florets. Heat a good drizzle of olive oil in a large frying pan. Add the cauliflower and cook for three to four minutes until deep golden. Flip over and continue to cook, shaking the pan until the cauliflower is browned, for another five to six minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve as you would the scallops.
The Flexible Pescatarian by Jo Pratt is published by White Lion Publishing (£20), available to buy at books.telegraph.co.uk