Stuffed Courgette Blossoms With Basil & Pine Nut Pesto

| 26 May 2014

Eat your flowers. They make a beautiful table decoration, are interesting, sensual, delicate, unexpected and delicious. All those things. As we are heading towards June, we will see more and more edible flowers available. Best place to get your flowers? Grow your own: such as nasturtiums, onions or pansies. Forage them wild: such as lilacs, jasmine, primrose or hawthorn. Or get them at your local farmers market or health food store: such as zucchini or artichokes.

Flowers are delicate and do not require complicated ingredients and combinations to go with them. It is really an opportunity to simplify and play with just a few yummy, great quality ingredients and let them do the talking. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

It is a perfect dish for parties, outdoor summer dinners and any other occasion when you are feeling playful, flowery and simple.

Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms with Basil & Pine nut Pesto

(serves 2-3)

Ingredients:

1 cup of organic basil (packed)

50g pine nuts

1-2 TBLS organic extra virgin olive oil

pinch of sea salt

A packet of zucchini flowers (8-10 units)

A drizzle of olive oil

juice of 1/2 lemon (optional)

Method:

For the ultimate flavour experience prepare everything by hand, using non-metal tools such as ceramic knife and mortar & pestle – with delicate ingredients like these you will feel the difference and will taste the love that your hands put in. Remember, making food with your hands is a rewarding, healing and nourishing experience.

Use mortar & pestle to ground the pine nuts. Chop the basil finely and ‘massage’ the ground pine nuts and salt into the greens.  Add olive oil and mix it in well. That’s your pesto! Grounding pine nuts fresh ensures that you retain the full flavour profile of this nut, which makes the pesto taste full-bodied and slightly cheesy without using any extra ingredients.

With dry hands carefully open zucchini flowers and stuff them with pesto. Arrange on a plate, drizzle with a bit of olive oil and fresh lemon juice and serve immediately.

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

Enjoy this playful, natural simplicity and wisdom on your table. Now we would love to hear from you! What is YOUR favourite simple meal that blows your and your Beloveds’ minds every-time? Leave a comment below and let’s get this zen party started:)

With Celebration & Appreciation,

Aiste, Joel & the Wild Team xoxo