Day #283 Squash Blossoms with Pistachio Puree, Green Zebra Fondue, and Pine nuts pg. 32 entertaining in the raw
May 2, 2010
This is the most beautiful meal yet!! I love the Spring time colors. I was fortunate to get these beautiful squash blossoms. I was gifted them last night. Skoors ordered them for the Taste of Inverness and had extra left, so Stephanie knew I needed them so here it is…
Those of you that have the book know that I am supposed to have purple basil, but I couldn’t get that. I am blessed to get these.
The recipe is simple, but the flowers were a bit tricky to fill with the puree, but I managed. They are pretty small, so maybe that is why?? I have never dealt with eating or preparing flowers. I was intrigued to look up recipes and see if these are actually edible. Yes, they are. Some websites show that you can fry them, or put them in tortillas. I talked to a few friends yesterday and they said that Emeril and Giatta prepared them on the Food Network and they really want to make the recipes they saw. Well, I am lucky, I got to make a RAW recipe with them. I looked up pics to see what they look like on the plant itself. I had the flowers with stems, so according to several websites I have male flowers. OOoohh la la! Male blossoms grow on stems and female squash blossoms appear at the end of the squash. I enjoyed reading this blog, it gives a good description and a great comparison of both zucchini genders:)
After reading through the recipes, I think that I could make a “fried” version, but dehydrate it. I love changing recipes. Maybe that will be one recipe I can do.
salt and pepper
pine nuts (I used the pine nut cheese from MK’s book)
I used more open unfilled zucchini flowers
Puree was processed in a food processor. Fondue’s tomatoes and olive oil were dehydrated for 1 hour. I blended all ingredients in Vita-mix until smooth, but stirred in basil. I filled the squash blossoms with puree until I couldn’t fit anymore. I put fondue on plate then layed the blossoms on the plate. Ahh so beautiful!! I love God’s food. Meals like this remind me of the Garden.
I am going to bring this dish to my sister and father. Maybe my mom will even try it. She loves flowers, but probably not to eat. She is a retired florist.
“And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”~Bible quotes