Sunday, 1 June 2008

Forest pesto

My affection towards fresh bright green fir shoots has not decreased since fir shoot butter. Just mixing them with butter was an easy task, but I needed something more.

I hope you're not so pesto-conservative as to throw me with rocks if I call my creation pesto. Forest pesto, because fir shoots are picked from the forest (the air is the cleanest there, so you should do that if you can) and also because hazelnuts are called 'forest nuts' in Estonian. Clever, huh?;)

Forest pesto

50 g bright green fir shoots
25 g hazelnuts
1 garlic clove
1 tbsp grated parmesan
about 4 tbsp olive oil
  1. Process the fir shoots, nuts and garlic together with a bit of oil in the food processor or with an immersion blender. The mixture should be quite smooth.
  2. Add cheese and enough olive oil to get a right consistency. Flavour with salt.
Use just as you would use basil pesto. On pasta, on bread...especially on bread and definitely with the addition of cream cheese and some slices of bursting red tomatoes.

The flavour is incredibly fresh.
Imagine standing in a fir forest. Take a deep deep breath. Good, isn't it? Now add a bit of a sour tone to it, the mildness of hazelnuts, the flavour of good parmesan, a bit sharpness from garlic and you're ready.
Then serve this feeling with bread, cream cheese and tomatoes.

If you have never tried fir shoots, I demand you to do so now! No excuses!


Angelica at Butter&Beans said...

Wow, such a good idea! If you're a conifer fan, you might want to check out the citrus and spruce sorbet me and my boyfriend made. :)

Evelin said...

angelica, thanks! I'm not alone! yay!:D

foodhoe said...

wow, I don't know that I've ever seen such a thing. It sounds so interesting and your descriptions really make me want to seek out fir shoots now!

Evelin said...

foodhoe, I really hope you find some!;)I've eaten them since I was little...