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Wild garlic pesto recipe

18 Mar

I confess that I am addicted to wild garlic. When I saw this spring’s first leaves appear in a crate at Booth’s vegetable stall in Bermondsey, I made a beeline for it. As I’ve been busy, it’s been in the fridge for a week. I decided to make a wild garlic pesto, so I can keep some of this delicious taste of spring to hand, once the season is over.Image

For the pesto you will need:

  • 80-90 grams parmegiano reggiano, cubed
  • 100 grams pine nuts
  • 200 grams wild garlic (leaves and stems)
  • 120 grams olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste

I used my Thermomix for this, but you could use any food processor, adjusting for mixing times accordingly.

Cube the parmigiano reggiano, put in in the TMX bowl and grate at speed 8 for 10 seconds.

Add pine nuts and wild garlic, whizz at speed 6 for 10 seconds. Scrape down and repeat. Your pesto should look fairly smooth by this point.

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Weigh 120 g olive oil into a measuring jug, turn TMX to speed 4 and slowly pour in the oil. It should take about 40-50 seconds.

Add salt and pepper to taste. The pesto at this stage will taste pretty strong, like raw garlic. Hence you will want to cook it through a bit when you use it.

I made some tiger prawn linguine with mine, and mixed in the pesto to cook through a bit at the end with the pasta. Delicious.

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Festive cranberry sauce recipe

1 Dec

There’s nothing better than a homemade cranberry preserve to serve alongside your turkey, cockerel, goose or whatever fowl you may have on your Christmas table. This would make a lovely Christmas gift for friends or family too.

Cranberry sauce

Here’s an easy recipe that I’ve adapted for the Thermomix. If you don’t have a Thermomix, all you have to do is bung it all in a saucepan. I don’t really know why people go out and BUY cranberry sauce. I bought my fresh cranberries at M&S, Waitrose also sell them, and you can find them at markets as well. Any white wine will do.

Makes about 1L of sauce

Ingredients:

600g fresh cranberries
240ml or 210g white wine
240g caster sugar
zest of 1.5 oranges or 3 clementines (I used 1 orange and 1 clementine)

Method:

Put all of the above in your TMX bowl.
Cook at 100/20 minutes/reverse/stir speed/MC on
Taste to see if you want it sweeter. If you do, then add more sugar and put on as above for another couple of minutes.

If you are doing the saucepan version, this will probably take about 15-20 min as well, but you’ll need to stir every now and again to prevent it sticking at the bottom.

The cranberries after cooking in the TMX

Cranberries in TMX

Cranberries in TMX

Orange and clementine zest

Orange and clementine zest

Orange and clementine zest

The finished product:

Cranberry sauce

Cranberry sauce

cranberry sauce