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Herbs and nuts ‘pesto’…

I had a green day this week; I basically had lots of lovely fresh herbs in my fridge and decided to use some of them in some pastes.

I made a coriander and walnut paste that I’ve made and shared before – I’d forgotten just how tasty it is! And I also threw together a kind of pesto idea at the same time..

This is made of lots of fresh parsley and not as much coriander, several handfuls of almonds and cashews, garlic, olive oil, a little lemon juice and some parmesan. You could easily use nutritional yeast instead of the parmesan to make it vegan if you wish. 

I was careful not to overblend this once I’d added the nuts to retain some crunch. 

It was so good, and, as ever, even better the next day once it had had time to develop the flavours. All you really need is a spoon to eat something like this, but I did force myself to add it to some meals instead. 

Including adding it to bulghur wheat with lots more fresh herbs, dried barberries and grilled aubergine slices one day..

…and similar again but with a pile of grilled courgettes instead the next day…

I did also eat some with some edamame bean spaghetti too, of which I don’t have a photo, and it worked well stirred through the warm ‘pasta’. 

I do love a concoction, especially a successful one!!! 

I hope you’ve had a good week, I’m taking my green concoction to this week’s Fiesta Friday, being looked after this week by the lovely Jhuls and Monika, and for now I’ll leave you with a shot or two of the semolina sourdough loaf I have just baked…

Coriander two ways, new kitchen goodies and Fiesta Friday…

This weekend it is my honour to co host Fiesta Friday, along with Quinn from the blog Dad What’s 4 Dinner. We hope that lots of you will join us and bring your wonderful dishes. 

Before I get onto my dishes of food, let me show you my beautiful new actual dishes; this time last week I was visiting the BBC Good Food Show as a guest of the lovely Gill from Sytch Farm Studios. The show was as busy as ever, full of great food, new products and lovely kitchenware, none more so than the items that Gill makes by hand..

…of which several just had to come home with me…

…along with the board that was made by Gill’s equally talented partner, Jon. They are such a wonderfully creative pair and I love everything they make! This beautiful bowl just makes me smile daily..

…look at that colour!!! I love it πŸ™‚ 

Anyway, enough of my Sytchware love affair, let’s talk coriander..

I buy at least two huge bunches of fresh coriander weekly, rarely without a plan, but it always gets used, whether in salads, sauces, curries, dips; this week was the same. 

And then I saw a post on Instagram by a lady that I follow for a Georgian style walnut and coriander paste; it included spices, and garlic, olive oil and pomegranate molasses…what’s not to like???? 

So this is my version, and it was lovely!!! I used a mixture of walnuts, almonds and pumpkin seeds (both of which I’d already roasted), mainly because I didn’t have enough walnuts. You can use all walnuts or mix it up. 

Ingredients

A large bunch of fresh coriander, leaves stripped from stalks (don’t throw the stalks away – details below)

A handful of fresh walnuts

A handful of almonds

A handfuls of toasted pumpkin seeds 

2-3 cloves garlic, peeled 

1-2 tbsp ‘khmeli suneli’ spice mix – I made may own from this recipe 

A couple of good glugs of pomegranate molasses and the same of olive oil

Method

All in a blender and whizz it up, keeping it still a bit rustic, not too smooth. Add additional olive oil and/or pomegranate molasses to taste if necessary 

I found that it thickened up a bit by day two and I loosened it up with a bit of water 

Use it as a dip, spoon it over roasted vegetables, as a filling for a roasted sweet potato, or eat straight from the bowl with a spoon…or mix with chickpeas like I did as a side dish…

And of course, I whizzed up some of these chickpeas with some tahini and water to make a dip which I enjoyed with my lunch today..


With a pile of leftover stalks I decided to whizz them up into something else – I end up with so many stripped stalks in my kitchen, I literally spend hours and hours stripping parsley and coriander leaves from stalks, I view it as a form of meditation, but recently I’ve started utilising the stalks too – and so on this occasion I created a paste/pesto with coriander stalks, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and za’atar, and it worked really well..

Ingredients

A pile of coriander stalks

A handful of toasted pumpkin seeds

A handful of toasted sunflower seeds 

2-3 garlic cloves, peeled

2-3 tablespoons za’atar spice mix

Lots of olive oil

Salt to taste 

Method

Whizz in a blender, keeping it rustic and maintaining some crunch from the seeds 

Again, if you have some left and it thickens overnight, loosen up with a splash of water 

Use as a dip, as a pesto, whatever you fancy! I added it to all sorts of dishes and salads.

I hope you like my coriander ideas, and that you’ll join us at Fiesta Friday and see what everyone else brings along. 

Happy Friday! 

Wild garlic love..

 
I have been seeing lots of posts and recipes using wild garlic, not least from the fabulous Kellie from Food to Glow, and I have been desperate to try some, but not brave enough to forage for it myself! As the name suggests, wild garlic grows wildly, in our countryside, but like all foraged goods, you really need to know what you’re looking for. It’s very easy to pick the wrong thing and poison yourself, so be sure you know what you’re looking for before you don gloves and grab scissors and basket….! 

Kellie recently posted this photo and description on her Instagram account, which was extremely useful.. 

  …especially when someone recently tried to sell me some supposed ‘wild garlic’ that looked more like the poisonous version that Kellie talks about!!!!! Luckily I referred to her photo before eating it πŸ™‚ 

This weekend I purchased some REAL wild garlic.. 

 
..and immediately revisited Kellie’s blog for her wild garlic pesto recipe. So good!!! I just whizzed up the (carefully washed) wild garlic leaves with pine nuts, Parmesan, olive oil and lemon juice.. 

  
…so tasty!!!!! The wild garlic gave the pesto a slight sweetness that you don’t get from normal garlic. Overall the flavour is milder than standard garlic and supposedly does not taint your breath, but as my menfolk have become immune to my garlic breath now, I couldn’t tell you whether it did or not! 

 And absolutely gorgeous atop a roasted sweet potato yesterday… 

 I’m so glad I finally got to try it, I’ll definitely be on the look out for more, but only from knowledgeable foragers! 

Such pretty flowers on it too, and they are also edible and very tasty..  

     I hope you’ve had or are having a great Monday, I’ll be back on Wednesday with a stunning ‘What would you feed me?’ guest post xx