ROAST NEW POTATOES AND CREAMED SPINACH
500g new potatoes
5 tbsp olive oil
250ml double cream
3 tbsp grated Parmesan
2 cloves garlic
4 tbsp flaked almonds
Handful pea shoots (optional)
Set the oven at 200C. Wash the potatoes, place each one flat on a chopping board, then score them deeply with a knife at 0.5cm intervals, taking care not to cut right through to the chopping board. Toss them in the olive oil, making sure it gets between the slices, then place the potatoes in a roasting tin in a single layer. Bake for 45 minutes until they are golden and fudgy. (I like to turn them over halfway through.)
Wash the spinach, put the leaves and a thin film of water into a large saucepan, cover tightly with a lid, and place over a moderate heat until they start to relax and turn bright green. Remove, refresh in a colander under cold running water then squeeze the leaves with your hands, pressing out most of the water. Roughly chop the spinach then return to the empty pan, add the cream and grated parmesan, and salt and pepper. Warm gently.
Peel and finely slice the garlic. Melt the butter in a shallow pan, add the garlic and cook until golden and lightly crisp. Remove and set aside. Toast the almonds in a dry pan till fragrant and lightly browned.
Spoon the sauce onto plates, add the roast potatoes, almonds and crisp garlic. Scatter a few pea shoots over the top if you wish.