Arugula Pesto with Whole Grain Pasta
For this recipe Chef Adam Barski used the BC Organic Blue Dream infused olive oil to make the pesto. It is an exciting recipe to make with this cultivar, since pesto is kept mainly raw, the complimenting flavours of the infusion really shine through.
Blue Dream Olive Oil Infusion
To keep the unique traits of Simply Bare’s BC Organic Blue Dream cultivar intact as much as possible I made the infusion into extra virgin olive oil at a low heat for about 6 hours to pull out the flavours of the cultivar. The result may not be as potent as if you were to make an infusion with decarboxylated product, but it will preserve the flavours and volatile compounds of this exquisite cultivar to pair with the recipes. At the end of the day we’re trying to make something elevated that will emphasize the unique qualities of the Simply Bare cannabis flowers.
The sweet and spicy notes of BC Organic Blue Dream cultivar makes a perfect pairing in this pesto. Arugula has a natural spice to it and the terpene humulene, found in the Blue Dream cultivar, is the same terpene found in Basil – which is what a traditional pesto is made with. This wholesome recipe is full of flavor and makes for a great comfort food. It also lends well to add a variety of different vegetables, herbs or even meat if you so choose.
By Adam Barski, The Budder Chef, @thebudderchef. Culinary Director at the High-End Dinner Series, @thehighenddinner