-->

Cooking with Nasturtium

In our garden classroom, we are always looking for ways to minimize waste and recycle resources back into the garden. For example, if our cooking class has food scraps left over, our way of recycling them is to feed them to the worms to turn into rich compost for our garden beds. But what if we don't have worms at home? Are there recipes we can cook that utilize the entire ingredient and don't leave scraps? Why, yes!

IMG_0530.JPG
Nasturtiums are one of our favorite things growing in the garden! They don't need much attention to thrive and yet they still provide the garden with vibrant reds, oranges, yellows and greens. In addition to being beautiful, both nasturtium flowers AND leaves are edible! You can add the nasturtium's peppery flavor to many things, but one of the tastiest ways to eat nasturtiums is in pesto! This pesto can be a spread in sandwiches, used as a sauce for your pasta, a marinade on chicken or fish, or a fun addition to your breakfast eggs!
 Try to pick the smaller, dark green leaves for this as they have the biggest peppery flavor.
Nasturtium Pesto
Ingredients
2 cups packed nasturtium leaves, plus a handful of nasturtium flowers
1-2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup walnuts
juice of 1/2 large lemon
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Method
Put everything but the salt and pepper into a food processor and mix until smooth.  Add salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!
**Note: You can freeze this pesto for future use...that is if you have any leftover
1 reaction Share

Recipe: Pickled Watermelon Rind

Pickled Watermelon RindIn the garden we are regularly left with pounds of food scraps to compost.  So when we discovered pickled watermelon rind our ears perked right up at the idea of another garden snack!  What a great lesson in resourcefulness for all of us!!

 

Read more
1 reaction Share

2010 Wrap-up

 

 

Read more
2 reactions Share

Cooking in the Garden: Fruit and Cheese Quesadillas

 

 

Read more
2 reactions Share

Cooking in the Garden: Mini Pizzas and a Solar Oven

 

 

Read more
1 reaction Share

Cooking in the Garden: Herb Cream Cheese Lettuce Wraps

 

 

Read more
1 reaction Share

Cooking in the Garden: Vegetable and Herb Pasta

 

 

Read more
1 reaction Share

Featured

Please watch this fantastic video the wonderful folks at Andrew Jackson Elementary made to raise $5k for the Seed to Table program at their school!