A to Z Challenge - N

N is for Nasturtium and Nectarines.

 Nasturtium Flower
Nasturtium isn't something I've cooked with very often but I do like to eat them. I'm guessing it would be difficult to impossible to find them pesticide-free in Dubai. They are slightly peppery and, of course, make any dish a bit special.
In digging around searching for recipes the coolest thing I came across was to use these flowers in Vietnamese style spring-rolls. Here's a recipe from this awesome  blog - The Gardner's Pantry
Of course Nasturtiums look and taste great on salads. They are also fun as a garnish for deviled eggs.

A nectarine is the same fruit as a peach just without the fuzz! I had no idea and now I have to find a new 'P' fruit. For delicious nectarine cornmeal muffins that make a great breakfast:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup medium cornmeal
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoons salt
11/2 cups buttermilk or laban (for you Middle-Easterners)
1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled 
2 eggs
2 or 3 ripe nectarines, pitted & cut into halves (this works well with any fresh stone fruit- apricot, plum etc.) Butter and flour muffin tins. Preheat oven to 350, in a bowl, combine ingredients except nectarines. Blend until well mixed, but not completely uniform (should look like pancake batter). Fill muffin tins about 1/3 full. Pop a nectarine 1/2 into each tin, cover with batter. Sprinkle with crystal sugar. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Let cool before eating, the fruit will be HOT!


  1. I love nectarines. I like mixing them up in a big bowl with some oranges to eat.

    Tim Brannan
    The Other Side and The Witch
    Red Sonja: She-Devil with a Sword
    The Freedom of Nonbelief

  2. I am visiting with the A-Z Challenge. Flowers and fruit. Both wonderful things that grow. I followed you on GFC and on BlogLovin.


  3. I've tried the nasturtiums and grew my own but the greenfly also loved them, not tried it since. I like the nectarine recipe and will give it a go, but will have to substitute the flour and dairy. Thanks for sharing.


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