Remember when I made that awesome Salad with rocket and fresh kardamon (watercress) (Nasturtium officinale) a few weeks back?
Well after making a couple more salads everyday, there was still some kardamon and rocket left. Although I loved the salads I didn’t want to eat any more so I decided to make a pesto with what was left and see how it works. When I finished it, I tried just a little bit to see how it turned out. Again, the flavour of the cardamom and the rocket was very strong and peppery and I had to add something in to balance it.
The only thing I had at home and could use were frozen peppers (I always have some in the deep freezer, just in case I need some). I added and tasted, added and tasted and YES, finally it was perfect.
I made this pesto a week ago and used it in a few recipes. Today I made the last one and hope to find some fresh kardamom again so that I can make some more soon. However, as all of you commented that you could not find any fresh cardamom, I believe that even if you use only the rocket it will still taste awesome.
I am submitting this recipe to Sweetnicks, who is hosting this week’s Weekend Herb Blogging, created by Kalyn of Kalyn’s Kitchen.
- 3 – 4 sprigs of fresh Kardamom (watercress) (just the leaves)
- 3 – 4 sprigs of rocket
- 1/2 cup of peppers (yellow, red, orange)
- 50 grams (about) of goat cheese
- 1 spoonful wine vinegar
- 15 (about) grams of pine nuts
- 1/2 cup of Extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large garlic clove
- salt and pepper to taste
The quantities are just indicative as I did not weigh them but you can see in the photo below what I used.
Wash and drain the rocket and cardamom. Combine them in with the pine nuts and some olive oil and pulse a few times in a food processor. Add the peppers, the vinegar, garlic and salt and pepper and pulse a few times more.
Slowly add the remaining olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the cheese and pulse again until blended. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Makes 1 cup.
Serve with pasta, or as a dressing to salads, over baked potatoes, or spread over toasted baguette slices.
Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,