Today we harvested and ate our first home-grown purple sprouting broccoli from our garden. It was tasty. The tastiest broccoli I've ever had! And there's lots more to come, so we're very excited.The purple sprouting broccoli takes a few months to grow, and this plant was sowed last summer. We didn't think anything would come of it after the winter, but lo and behold- there was broccoli after all! It's easy to grow; we're growing it in a grow-bag on the patio in our garden.
Another thing I discovered this week, apart from home-grown broccoli, is rocket pesto. Just as good as normal pesto, but far cheaper to make yourself. This recipe is from 'The Vicar's Wife's Cookbook' by Elisa Benyon:
50g pine nuts (roasted in a dry frying pan)
1-2 cloves of garlic, peeled but left whole
zest of 1-2 lemons
125g rocket (I used less than this)
ca 100ml olive oil
70g grated Parmesan or Grana Padano
I wouldn't necessarily follow the measurements very strictly, but add a little at the time, taste it and maybe add some more until it looks and tastes right. Put the ingredients into a food processor (or a pestle and mortar) and put it on full speed until you have a sloppy pesto (not runny). Enjoy this with your pasta, or even better: marinate a couple of chicken breasts in lemon juice for half an hour. Put them in an oven proof dish and cover with the rocket pesto and then a slice of mozzarella on top. Add some salt and pepper and stick it in the oven for about 20-25 mins. Yum! Really tasty.
Happy weekend to you all!