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A restaurant with a twist

The Harrogate Homes team recently visited the stunning restaurant Cardamon & Dill in York.

Cardamon & Dill was created as the place where owner Kiki can reflect on her lifelong travels around the Mediterranean, the precious memories she holds in her heart and home to her personal collection of the affordable, plant-based, market-to-table dishes she creates every day for her husband, family, friends and artistic collaborators whose purpose in life is to share bright conversation, inspiring ideas, vibrant nourishment, exciting new flavours and moments of giddy happiness

We wanted to share with you a recipe from Cardamon & Dill, that is perfect to munch on in bed on a lazy Sunday brunch or afternoon. Here is what owner Kiki says:

This über simple dish of white beans and spinach gently sautéed together with a quick basil and pistachio pesto and garnished with toasted pumpkin seeds and pomegranate arils delivers everything I need it to. It’s inspired by a dish I ate in a tiny taverna in Corfu which was actually made with a tangy fresh vine leaf pesto. As we’re not exactly blessed with those, I’ve given you a quick recipe for my gorgeous basil and pistachio pesto. The taste and the textures in this dish are lovely and it’s on the table in less than 15 minutes. What’s not to love!


400g can of butter beans, drained and rinsed 100g baby spinach Extra-virgin olive oil 1 lemon, juiced A handful of pumpkin seeds, toasted, to garnish A handful of pomegranate arils, to garnish

For the pesto: 30g fresh basil, leaves picked 30g flat leaf parsley 1 garlic clove, peeled 3 tbsp shelled pistachios (you can also use blanched almonds) 1 lime, zested and juiced 100ml extra-virgin olive oil

How I make it

First make the pesto by placing all the ingredients into a small food processor and blending together. Pour into a bowl, season to your taste and set aside.

Heat a large frying pan and, when it’s up to temperature, add a generous glug of olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the beans, the spinach and the pesto to the pan and stir around for a couple of minutes until the spinach is just wilted. Add the lemon juice and season to your taste.

Tumble into a pretty dish and garnish with the pumpkin seeds and pomegranate arils. Serve with warmed pittas . This goes perfectly with Cardamon & Dills coriander and lemon-baked feta, an absolute staple at our place. You can find the recipe here.

Cardamom and Dill is part of the Spark:York community on Piccadilly, positioned right at the front overlooking the Banana Warehouse.



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