Caitlin at Food Nerd has a brilliant top ten for June (I now I am late but thought that it was such a great top ten I would do it anyway), the top ten recipes that you have been meaning to cook from other blogs. I have had a look around some of my favourite blogs and picked out my top ten.
1 Cod Cheeks with garlic, shallot sauce from Cod Cheeks. I love cod cheeks they are one of my favourite pieces of fish, although it is difficult to find them in the fish mongers.
2 Scotch eggs from Becks and Posh. Scotch eggs are one of my favourite things, when they are home made it reminds me of the ones my mum made for me to take on school trips. I think the use of Toulouse sausage is inspired.
3 Sausage and Fennel Risotto from Cooksister. I am always looking for new ways to have sausages and this is something that I am definitely looking forward to.
4 Moroccan Lamb Meat Balls from Amateur Gourmet. This looks brilliant, I am quite keen to use more North African flavours in my cooking as this is something that I don’t have a great deal of experience with.
5 Courgette Ricotta Cheesecake from 101 cookbooks. This looks like a great way of using courgettes that is a bit different from the pasta dishes and roasted veg that I normally go with.
6 Pig Cheek from What Geeks Eat. I love pork and always like to try the bits that are less commonly used. This looks like a tasty slow cooked dish. The best ribs that I have cooked were made with trotters in the sauce.
7 Pain Depices from David Lebovitz. Fruit cakes are wonderful things they remind me of good times. This looks like a really nice version and one that I will certainly look to cook at some time in the future.
8 Choc Chip Cookies from Foodie at Fifteen. Ultimate Choc Chip cookies is quite a claim, but it looks good and tasty.
9 Boozy Truffles from Chez Pim. There is no better way of having chocolate as far as I am concerned than truffles, but I am far more familiar with the eating of truffles that making so I am really looking forward to making these sometime soon.
10 Radish Leaf Pesto from Chocolate and Zucchini. I have wanted to make some Pesto for some time, but not managed to. So seeing this recipe when I had just bought some Radishes I thought when will there be a better time.
The recipe that I have made is the Radish Leaf Pesto, because I had meant to make some pesto for ages but never got around to it.
The Recipe that I used was,
2 Large Handfuls of Radish Leaves without the stems
35 grams Parmesan, cut with a potato peeler
30 grams Pine Nuts
1 clove garlic germ removed and cut in to chunks
Lemon zest from about a quarter of a small lemon
2 tablespoons of olive oil, plus more to adjust the consistency
Salt and pepper
Add all the ingredients to a food processor, and process them in short pulses until it is smooth. You will need to scrape this down from the sides several times. Taste and adjust the seasoning the put in an airtight container, I froze the portion that I did not use.
When I made this I used the pesto as a topping for a Salmon fillet topped off with a little more grated parmesan and then baked in the oven for about 15 mins.