Another hedgerow classic via our Beach House brother, Dan. This recipe was originally taken from the great book, ‘Wild Garlic, Gooseberries and Me’ by the brilliant Dennis Cotter. I haven’t read it, but will hopefully be acquiring it soon.
This is a cracking little recipe, nice and quick to get together and you gain the infinite pleasure of cropping your own bunches of wild garlic (or ‘Ramson’ in some parts of the world), that are free and absolutely delicious.
The amazing thing about pesto, like most good things, it gets better with age (to a point!). An overnight stay in the fridge and POW, the flavours leap out at you.
We will be trying it tonight with almonds (we have a walnut shortage) and mixing it into some wholewheat penne. Yum!
Thanks and hugs to Dan and Ruth for their constant inspiration.
100g wild garlic leaves, 50g shelled walnuts, 200ml olive oil, 40g Parmesan, salt, pepper
Add all ingredients to a blender and give it a good blitz. A small food processor is best here, like the ones you would use to grind coffee.
We have pesto spread thinly on toasted oatbread, or mixed in with wholewheat pasta.
Interestingly China in the largest producer of garlic in the world, at 13 million tonnes of the stuff, followed closely by India (800,000 tonnes), then comes Egypt and South Korea. France is not even in the top ten!
Dennis Cotter is an Irish veggie chef who owns the ‘Cafe Paradiso’ in Cork. His cookbooks and approach to all things veggie cooking are always fresh and very delicious.
Heres a link to a great little garlic producer in Scotland, the really garlicky company.