Top this one up with refreshing sparkling water.
400g skinned Atlantic salmon
2 star anise
10g coriander seeds
5g garlic, crushed
5g fennel seeds
50g Maldon sea salt
50g caster sugar
1 sprig thyme, picked
5g white peppercorns
3 baby beets (keep the leaves)
40g caster sugar
100mL white vinegar
2 bay leaves
4 black peppercorns
Mix salt and sugar together in a bowl. Place remaining ingredients into a food processor and blitz roughly.
Add to salt and sugar mix. Cover the salmon with the mixture and wrap tightly in cling film.
Cure in the fridge for two days, turning every eight hours or so.
Place baby beets into a saucepan and cover with water. Add a pinch of salt and boil for about 20 minutes or until soft. Allow to cool and peel by rubbing the skins off.
In a separate saucepan, place in all ingredients and warm slightly until the sugar is dissolved.
Cut the beets into quarters and place in the pickle mixture.
Thinly slice the salmon and place on four plates. Add beets and garnish with wasabi peas and a touch of lemon juice.
Use baby beet leaves and samphire, tossed in olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper, for garnish and serve with horseradish cream and crusty bread.