Wild Leek Pesto and Portland in the Spring

I spent most of the day outside in the rain, sun, rain, sun, rain, sun… you get the picture. Portland in the Spring can be the most beautiful time of year. The air smells of lilac, dirt, fresh cut grass, and rain when it’s been dry for a long time. I have a love-hate relationship with the rain, but love the smell of rain after it’s been dry for a bit.

The farmers market was filled with wonderful green veggies, which I crave after a winter full of heavy squash, and heartier foods.

We purchased Asparagus from Viridian Farms, turnips, miners lettuce, wild leeks, chives, and raw aged cheddar for this weeks meals.

P and I also shared an amazing salad of chickpeas, and wheatberries with greens, tahini, and chili sauce, with a slice of leek, fresh herbed ricotta, and pepper pizza from Tastebud. It was incredibly delicious, and very filling.

We walked about three miles home, and stopped at Hair of the Dog Brewing to duck for cover. It didn’t rain, but we really enjoyed our beers.

We arrived home, played with Lu Lu, and I cleaned the kitchen from last night’s scone disaster, which I will blog about later. I made croutons from some left over rye soda bread, mixed up a batch of brioche bread for tomorrow night’s dinner (recipe coming soon), and made this amazing leek pesto.

Wild Leek Pesto

1 bunch wild leeks (ramps)

12 chives

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

A pinch of sea salt

Juice from half a lemon

1/3 cup sliced almonds

Put all ingredients into a food processor, or use a mortar  and pestle, blender, or hand chop if you desire. You could also add more olive oil depending on the consistency you prefer.

We mixed with fresh pasta, and a topped with chives and fresh grated parm.

I hope you enjoy this spring pasta as much as we did! Serve with wine that’s mineral and crisp. We had 2010 Walter Scott Deux Blancs and it was lovely with this fresh pasta.

Now it’s time to watch the Comedians of Comedy, and Kings Speech and enjoy a glass of wine, and a very relaxing night with P and Lu Lu!

Happy Spring!




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