Jun 6, 2010

Garlic Scape Pesto

I made this Garlic Scape Pesto last Thursday to use on shrimp and Fettucini for a quick fix supper. Sadly that never happened . You see, almost as soon as I finished taking these pictures I became overwhelmingly dizzy and violently ill. I ended up being carted away to the Emergency room in the back of an ambulance.

Pneumonia. Can you believe it. Here it is, one of the most gorgeous weeks I have seen in a long time and I have pneumonia. Well I still want to enjoy the weather and my garden(even though I went out this morning to find it wilty and weedy. An obvious sign that my family can't tell the difference between weeds and veggies)

So without any more of a pity party from me, here is a brief recipe for this Pesto. I am still a bit disoriented here even though it has been almost 4 days since I got sick, so if you want a more detailed recipe please leave a comment and when I am better I will post it.

The ingredients:

Around 15-16 scapes

1/2 to 3/4 cup freshly ground and grated Parmesan Cheese

1 ounce Pignoli

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Salt to taste

Cut scapes into 1 inch to 2 inch lengths and put in blender with Parmesan and Pignoli. Pulse until coarsely ground, then put on blend and add olive oil til it is a smooth and spreadable consistency. Add salt to taste and pulse a few times.

Use any way you would use traditional Pesto.


We smeared around a half teaspoon of the Pesto on cold steamed shrimp(A 1/2 tsp on each of the shrimp) and took to a neighbors party . They were hit.

Jun 1, 2010

Guess What's for Dinner Tonight???

  That's right folks. It's Garlic Scape season again!! I am going to do them up pretty much the same way I did them last season. 

A quick blanch, a little sauteing for color and flavor,  a splash of Balsamic, and eat.

My only hope is that I wasn't too aggressive while removing the scapes. I usually just snip them off as low as I can. But I have read some farmers postings and they suggest pulling gently until the scape snaps off. I tried the pulling gently method today, but this is totally stressful for me. I am terrified of pulling the whole thing up out of the ground. I gave it a shot though, and we will see in another month and a half whether I did any damage. I doubt that it did, but you know me.... if I wasn't worrying about my garden then what would I be doing. Plus I still have a third of my scapes still growing and I will use the snip method on those just in case.

But man...my house has a faint hint of garlic wafting through it, and I really can't wait until dinner tonight to have these beauties. It has been a whole year since.


By the way, my poor little raggedy tomatoes and peppers etc., well I had to just compost about a third of them...but the rest rebounded(as usual) and are either in my garden or were gifted out. So I will be posting the 'Who Made the Garden' posting shortly.


But for now I am off to blanch.