The May issue of Women’s Health has a feature on butternut using recipes from South African celebrity chefs. The four chefs that contributed their recipes are Reuben Riffel, Pete Goff-Wood, Luke Dale-Roberts and Margot Janse. I was offered the opportunity to blog a recipe of my choice, as well as offer my own recipe using butternut to tie in with this article. Last week you will have seen my recipe for roasted butternut soup, and when I paged through the four recipes I decided to make Reuben’s roasted butternut dish, as the flavours were similar to the dish I had made. The recipe I am including below is not the original recipe which appears in the magazine. I had to make a few changes for various reasons.
- the recipe called for 4 garlic cloves which have to be weighed as you have to have ginger in equal weight to the garlic to make the purée. Using 4 garlic cloves the purée was more like flavoured water and so I doubled this. The purée was still very loose but I decided that it would be OK. It created quite a liquid mass when added to the oil but that worked out fine by the time everything was blended
- I had to double the roasting time to get soft butternut
- I thought I had preserved lemons at home, but I was mistaken – I remember Jenny Morris saying on her TV show that you can use 1 unwaxed lemon and a good pinch of salt to replace a preserved lemon, so this is what I did
- the recipe makes a HUGE bowl of pesto. I used some of the leftover pesto to cook chicken in the next night and to flavour some quinoa. I am sure it can be frozen though, so it won’t go to waste
- The recipe calls for pumpkin seeds with no weight given. I toasted off 30g but you can do as much or as little as you like. Personally, I preferred the pumpkin seeds that I roasted for my soup
This pesto is zingy and tangy and the flavours really pop in your mouth. I will definitely make this again with a few variations!
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