Thursday, 4 September 2014

We Grow & Gather - Rocket..

 When we began planting in late summer, we haphazardly threw whatever we had on hand into the earth, added some water and hoped that mother nature would do the rest.  The plan was to enjoy whatever blossomed and to our surprise, one of our most bountiful crops has been our humble rocket. 

 Rocket just seems to be one of those fabulous plants that one minute is sweet and small, providing lovely little leaves for salads and pastas and the next is five foot tall, covered in beautiful wispy white flowers and growing in every available patch of earth.  

As we make way for our Spring seedlings, it's most certainly time for a harvest. While the leaves aren't quite tender enough to enjoy in salads anymore, they are perfect  for making rocket and almond pesto, inspired by our abundance of both delights. 
Rocket & Almond Pesto
(inspired by this recipe)

1 cup of rocket
1/2 cup of of whole almonds
1 large clove of garlic
1/4 cup of aged Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons of olive oil (a little more if needed)

Pop the almonds and garlic on a baking tray and into the oven until they are lovely and roasted and smell wonderful, about 10 minutes should be enough.
Add the rocket, almonds and garlic to the bowl of a food processor and blitz until well combined and but still nice and chunky.
Then slowly add in cheese and oil and blitz again until you are happy with the consistency and flavour.
 Add a few rocket flowers to garnish and then enjoy on homemade pizza or as a fabulous dip.

What have you been growing and gathering lately?
Much Love
xxx

PS. Previously in our Grow & Gather series.. Oranges.

5 comments:

  1. Oh this makes me ache for early spring days, rather than autumn! Never mind, I'll just have to wrap myself up in woollies and go out mushrooming instead!

    We don't have a garden at present, but are very keen on foraging - now the holiday makers have all left the valley again there should be plenty of mulberries (wild blueberries) left for us to pick on the mountainsides.

    xx

    ps: I've been following your gorgeous blog for I don't know how many years and have only just plucked up the courage to say hello! So hello from France!

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    1. Hello lovely Fran. thank you so much for your beautiful comment. So sweet of you to say hi. Your Autumn plans sound perfect. How wonderful to go foraging too! What fun. Wishing you a beautiful weekend. Sophie x

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  2. I had the same idea this week only chose cashews instead!

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    1. Oh yum! Cashews would be wonderful! I must try some using them next time x

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  3. Love the twist on traditional pesto. Must try it!

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