Hello all and I hope you are having a lovely Sunday gardening and tending to your veggies. Today I thought I would share a lovely recipe that I made for my Sunday brunch. I found this recipe whilst researching nasturtium recipes and just had to try it as it sounded so delicious.
My nasturtium flowers from my edible flower basket have been blooming for a couple of days now, so I wanted to use the beautiful flowers in a recipe. I found ‘Nasturtium and Ricotta Hot Cakes with Honeyed Strawberry and Pistachio Salad‘. Perfect!
Nasturtiums have a lovely peppery mustardy type taste. Both the flowers and the leaves are edible and are often used as a substitute or accompaniment to watercress in a salad. But I was intrigued by a sweet recipe. Here is the rather pretty result.
Doesn’t it look amazing!!! I did (as usual) tweak the recipe a little. I had no idea what the hell verjuice is, but I assume it is some sort of sharp citrussy juice to contrast the sweetness of the honey. So I used lime juice and it was very tasty. I can’t say that I particularly tasted the pepperyness of the nasturtium petals in the pancakes, so maybe if you try this add about triple the amount of petals. I assume that it would go quite nicely with the sweetness of the honeyed strawberries as often fancy pants restaurants concoct dishes with black pepper and strawberries.
On a side note, you can see from the first picture in this post that I have a little problem with black fly on my nasturtiums. Boy do they love a nasturtium. I took to them with a water spray with the nozzle on a thin spray setting and blasted the bajeebus out of them to knock them off. It was quite effective!!! Buuuuut I want to discourage them so I have been playing around with a home made remedy. I found a recipe HERE from Green Lizard’s Blog. I boiled up some thyme in water and added a little ground cinnamon (I didn’t have cinnamon oil). Once it was cooled I sprayed it in a mist all over my nasturtium and borage plants that are plagued with the little feckers. And I have to say that it has definitely decreased the numbers a little. I am going to stick with it spraying twice a day and see if I can totally rectify the problem. They have made my borage plants look a little sorry for themselves so fingers crossed!
Until next time, happy gardening!