Olivia's Kimchi Pesto

@Adelasterfoodtextures on Instagram is run by Olivia and it is her test kitchen for a pop up restaurant in Sweden usually held outside in forests or seaside! The location influences the menu and lots of small vegetarian/vegan courses are served.

Hi Olivia, this is so rad, How should I i serve it?
- it goes great with everything ;)

This is why I (Nina) love this recipe: This is such a wonderful contribution, You get a a Kimchi recipe on top of the pesto. And how does a tomato pesto with spicy kimchi sound to you. I would use this on any warm dish, especially with eggs and fried noodles or on a breads and a must try in pasta.

Here's how to:

Kimchi

INGREDIENTS
1 medium head (1.5 pounds) napa cabbage plus 1/2 pound sea kale - if ses kale don't grow in your area then just use 1/2 pound of napa cabbage! ¼ cup sea salt or kosher salt (see Recipe Notes)
Water (see Recipe Notes)
3 tablespoon grated garlic (5 to 6 cloves)
6 teaspoon grated ginger
3 teaspoon sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons seafood flavor or water (optional, see Recipe Notes)
1 to 5 tablespoons Korean red pepper flakes gochugaru
8 ounces Korean radish or daikon, peeled and cut into thin pices
4 scallions, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

Equipment
Cutting board and knife
Large bowl
Plate and something to weigh the kimchi down, like a jar or can of beans
Colander
Small bowl
Clean 1-quart jar with canning lid or plastic lid
Bowl or plate to place under jar during fermentation

Instructions

  1. Slice the cabbage: Cut the cabbage lengthwise into quarters and remove the cores. Cut each quarter crosswise into 2-inch-wide strips. 
  2. Salt the cabbage: Place the cabbage and salt in a large bowl. Using your hands (gloves optional), massage the salt into the cabbage until it starts to soften a bit, then add water to cover the cabbage. Put a plate on top and weigh it down with something heavy, like a jar or can of beans. Let stand for 1 to 2 hours. 
  3. Rinse and drain the cabbage: Rinse the cabbage under cold water 3 times and drain in a colander for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse and dry the bowl you used for salting, and set it aside to use in step 5. 
  4. Make the paste: Meanwhile, combine the garlic, ginger, sugar, and seafood flavor (or 3 tablespoons water) in a small bowl and mix to form a smooth paste. Mix in the gochugaru, using 1 tablespoon for mild and up to 5 tablespoons for spicy (I like about 3 1/2 tablespoons). 
  5. Combine the vegetables and paste: Gently squeeze any remaining water from the cabbage and return it to the bowl along with the radish, scallions, and seasoning paste. 
  6. Mix thoroughly: Using your hands, gently work the paste into the vegetables until they are thoroughly coated.
  7. Pack the kimchi into the jar: Pack the kimchi into the jar, pressing down on it until the brine rises to cover the vegetables. Leave at least 1 inch of headspace. Seal the jar with te lid. 
  8. Let it ferment: Let the jar stand at room temperature for 1 to 5 days. You may see bubbles inside the jar and brine may seep out of the lid; place a bowl or plate under the jar to help catch any overflow. 
  9. Check it daily and refrigerate when ready: Check the kimchi once a day, pressing down on the vegetables with a clean finger or spoon to keep them submerged under the brine. (This also releases gases produced during fermentation.) Taste a little at this point, too! When the kimchi tastes ripe enough for your liking, transfer the jar to the refrigerator. You may eat it right away, but it's best after another week or two. 

Recipe Notes

  • Salt: Use salt that is free of iodine and anti-caking agents, which can inhibit fermentation. 
  • Water: Chlorinated water can inhibit fermentation, so use spring, distilled, or filtered water if you can. 
  • Seafood flavor and vegetarian alternatives: Seafood gives kimchi an umami flavor. Different regions and families may use fish sauce, salted shrimp paste, oysters, and other seafood. Use about 2 tablespoons of fish sauce, salted shrimp paste, or a combination of the two. For vegetarian kimchi, I like using 3/4 teaspoon kelp powder mixed with 3 tablespoons water, or simply 3 tablespoons of water.
  • Salt: Use salt that is free of iodine and anti-caking agents, which can inhibit fermentation. 
  • Water: Chlorinated water can inhibit fermentation, so use spring, distilled, or filtered water if you can. 
  • Seafood flavor and vegetarian alternatives: Seafood gives kimchi an umami flavor. Different regions and families may use fish sauce, salted shrimp paste, oysters, and other seafood. Use about 2 tablespoons of fish sauce, salted shrimp paste, or a combination of the two. For vegetarian kimchi, I like using 3/4 teaspoon kelp powder mixed with 3 tablespoons water, or simply 3 tablespoons of water.

Kimchi Pesto

makes a big jar

INGREDIENTS

500 grams of kimchi
300 grams of cashew nuts
Grated rind from half a lemon
1 teaspoon of dark brown sugar
1 fresh whole tomato

How to:
Mix all the ingredients together with a stick mixer and serve!