06/05/2014

NETTLE PESTO


Having spent 11 years with my husband, I've slowly started to recognise some birds. Although he'd love to dress himself in head-to-toe forest green Fjällräven for a small forest walk, he certainly is no true twitcher. But he's father knows his birds pretty well and therefore the hubby's basic bird identification skills are somewhere above average. When we met, I still thought that a jackdaw (naakka for the Finns) is a baby crow.

Well, we're past that phase and nowadays while taking a drive towards countryside, I keep on twitching. And proudly say out loud, "A-haa, a hawk! A goshawk perhaps?" or "Did you see that, a raven!" or "Hey kids, look, a crane on the field!".



Next step would be wild herbs then. Two years back I bought the Wild Herb Cookbook by Sami Tallberg and decided to start learning about the wild herbs. I've completely failed myself. I just can't recognise any plants.

Except the nasty stinging nettle. That I can identify.


NETTLE PESTO

200g nettles (raw young nettle tops)
2,5 l water
1-1,5 dl olive oil
35g pine nuts
35g sunflower seeds
20g parmesan, finely grated
pepper & salt

  1. Add the nettles to salted boiling water and blanch them for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  3. After they have totally cooled, squeeze as much water out as possible.
  4. Toast the pine nuts and sunflower seeds on a pan. (Separately, because the one toasts faster than the other). Set aside to cool.
  5. Place the nettles in a bowl of a food processor and add ca. half of the oil. Process until the mixture forms a paste. 
  6. Add the cooled pine nuts and sunflower seeds and pulse a few times more.
  7. Mix in the rest of the oil and finely grated parmesan.
  8. Add black pepper and salt to taste.



2 comments :

  1. Heh, tunnistan itseni tuosta huonosta lintutuntemuksesta :D minä aion tänä keväänä käydä vielä villiyrttiretkellä - sienestän, joten tunnistan kyllä kasveja aika hyvin, mutta enää pitäisi löytää sopivat paikat keräillä yrttejä, ihan tien vierustoilta kun ei viitsi. Listallani on ollut nokkonen, vuohenputki, maitohorsma, ketuleipä, ruusun terälehdet ja voikukka. Kai sinäkin voikukat tunnistat? Niiden nuppujen säilöminen etikkaan ja käyttö kapriksen tapaan kiinnostaisi!

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    1. Joo, kyllä voikukastakin vielä selviän! Tohon nuppuhommaan joskus törmäsinkin jossain, mutta autuaasti jo ehtinyt unohtaa sen. Hyvä että muistutit. Putkikasveihin ehkä en kyllä uskalla ryhtyä. Ties mitä myrkkykeisomuhennosta saisin aikaiseksi...

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