Spring in all her glorious abundance fills the air with fragrance and the land with the joyous bounty of flowers, blossoms and verdant greenery. One such gorgeous green is that of wild garlic and I have never seen it growing in so much profusion as it does in Tenby in Wales at this time of year.
I’ve just come back from spending a week there with my lovely friend Lis and just had to bring back a big bunch of the wild garlic to make wild garlic pesto, now I know I have made this wonderful pesto before, you can see my recipe here for wild garlic pesto, but hell I just couldn’t resist doing it again and to be perfectly honest I had completely forgotten I’d already put up a recipe for it here.
Tenby is just beautiful in the spring and I was totally blessed by the most fabulous weather just perfect for flipflops and summer dresses. Many folks even had their shorts on, but that was a step too far for my winter pallid legs (don’t want to frighten the natives) but I so enjoyed being able to go out and about without the usual four layers of clothing!
This time since we weren’t organising an event of any type Lis and I were able to really enjoy ourselves by pottering round nearby villages, investigating all sorts of fabulous little shops and cafes and some great antique places. You know me for collecting old kitchenalia for my photography (well that’s my excuse, I really just love having all this stuff to use in my kitchen every day) and I just love rummaging around looking for well-worn treasures. I found the fabulous old mortar and pestle shown in the top photo at a pretty little shop called Lily Matilda’s (great name) in Narberth. It was definitely my best buy during this trip and now has pride of place on the old Welsh dresser (very apt) in the kitchen.
While we thoroughly enjoyed our adventuring during the day we also managed to spend some time on the fabulous beaches round Tenby. I love the beach, being by the sea rejuvenates me and makes me feel whole again. This is my true Vitamin Sea!
We even managed to get out and about in the evening too and had a wonderful night at Caffe Vista where we saw Will Barnes’ Inspector Gadjo Band which was a one of the real highlights of this trip. I love jazz music and this trio were really rather special and had the whole caffè mesmerised with their amazing music.
Now back to that wild garlic pesto recipe. It is simplicity itself and all you need are four ingredients and a little seasoning and maybe some lemon juice to taste. The great thing about wild garlic pesto is that you don’t have to bother with peeling and chopping any garlic, this gorgeous greenery has all the garlic flavouring you’ll need. Bit of a result in my book.
I just used 1 cup of wild garlic leaves and stems chopped, two tablespoons of toasted flaked almonds, two tablespoons of grated parmesan and about a quarter of a cup of good quality olive oil.
While I used my new mortar and pestle to grind mine in the traditional way you can throw history to the winds and switch on your food processor and just give those ingredients a good blast of bladed motion. Taste the resulting pesto and season with salt and pepper and maybe a little lemon juice to taste.
That’s it, wild garlic pesto is so seriously simple and so fabulously tasty. Serve it with salmon and seafood, with chicken or pork or do my very favourite thing and stir a good dollop into homemade hummus for a fabulous dip.
- 1 cup of chopped wild garlic leaves and stems
- 2 tbsp flaked almonds
- 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup of good quality olive oil
- salt, pepper and maybe lemon juice for seasoning
- Toast the flaked almonds in a dry pan for approximately 1 minute till golden and aromatic. Watch these like a hawk as they can burn so easily.
- Allow to cool and then pulse in food processor.
- Add the wild garlic and parmesan and pulse again.
- Now drizzle in the olive oil till you have the consistancy you prefer.
- Season to taste with salt, pepper and maybe some lemon juice.