Chilled English pea soup with lemon curd and goat cheese

Chilled English pea soup with lemon curd and goat cheese

Sprout, Chicago

As pea season draws to a close in much of the country, Sprout chef de cuisine Jeff Sills pays unusually rich tribute to the springtime vegetable.

He purées blanched pea shoots, pea tendrils, basil and mint with grapeseed oil, emulsifying the mixture, and adds some citric acid to maintain the green color. He mixes in a generous amount of half and half; seasons it with sugar, salt and pepper; and chills the mixture.

He then puts two tablespoons of lemon curd in t

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