|The goddess Persephone|
What we expect to offer in our little "Persephone work-around" hoophouse on the 29th is arugula, carrots, radishes, kale, chard, scallions, cilantro, parsley, lettuce mix, and--just maybe--our first little bit of broccoli! There are so many wonderful dishes to make with what we have, and some of the recipes can become the basis of 5 or 6 different meals.
Melinda's Winter-Greens and Basil Pesto Sauce--this is truly a laissez-faire recipe. Feel free to substitute ingredients, change amounts to suit your taste, and so forth.
- 2 to 4 bunches of winter greens of your choice--chard, any sort of kale, bok choi, arugula, radish greens, turnip greens, spinach, dandelion greens, chickweed--and you can use a LOT, because it all becomes much smaller once you pulse it in a food processor (my last batch, which made enough for several pasta meals, included 2 bunches of kale, 1 bunch of radish greens [which are a little spicy], and a bunch of turnip greens)
- scallions, if you like, roots removed
- 1-2 tbsp lemon juice
- 4 or more large garlic cloves, peeled (I use a whole small head, but I'm a garlic freak!)
- about a cup of nuts of your choice--walnuts, cashews, pine nuts, almonds--or more to taste
- about a cup of olive oil; more if needed
- about a cup of pecorino or parmesan cheese (or vegan substitute), or more/less to taste
- 1 tsp salt (or more/less to taste)
- about a half cup dried basil--start with that amount, then add more if you think it's needed
The pesto can be used classically on pasta (adding beans is nice too). Or you can coat roasted or grilled lamb chops or beef steaks with pesto and rewarm them in the oven before serving. Or you can start with a whole chicken, gently loosen the skin with your hands (while nevertheless not removing it), and rub the meat under the skin with pesto sauce (rubbing the interior with lemon juice is nice too); then roast the chicken till done. Pesto sauce can also be mixed into minestrone; it can be used on hoagies or grilled cheese sandwiches or vegetarian wraps. Whatever you do, have fun & eat well!