It was the Dirty Weekenders' annual charity ceilidh last Thursday, and there was a raffle to raise money for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, so I decided to make some pesto as a raffle prize. I got all the leafy ingredients from Roslin Glen, which is a Dirty Weekenders project location, and one of my favourite places in the world.
I collected Allium ursinum (Ramsons), Allium paradoxum (Few-flowered Leek), and Allaria petiolata (Garlic Mustard), all of which are really easy to identify and in full growth at the moment (late April). I used the following recipe:
# Ingredients * 100 g garlicky leaves * 50g Parmesan grated * 50g pine nuts, toasted * Olive oil * Lemon juice, to taste * Salt & pepper # Method 1. Blitz all of the leaves in a food processor until homogenized, but not pasty 2. Add the parmesan, olive oil, lemon juice, blitz again 3. Toast the pine nuts in a frying pan until fragrant, then add to mixture 4. Blitz again, but keep some chunky pine nuts 5. Season
Few flowered leek:
The finished pesto:
Bonus flower, a Grape Hyacinth (Muscari sp.):