Watercress Challenge

A group of us felt like going on a bike ride- not too strenuous.  We got dropped at one of my favorite spots –Domingo Springs, 15 min from the Chester Cabin. The plan was to the take a leisurely ride back – less than an hour and downhill.  The water at Domingo Springs is considered the best in the world. Locals come with their jugs to get water from a pipe.  It comes directly out of the mountain after filtering for many years before ever surfacing.

Mike (Chester Cabin Master Craftsman and all around good guy) mentioned the wild Watercress growing  in the pond. We thought it was a great idea to go on this ride with a purpose! We would harvest Watercress for use in our dinner. Carol declared a cooking Challenge, every dish had to include Watercress.

Well I have to say, It was a great dinner and the diverse dishes created were incredible.  It stared with Watercress Martini’s, followed by Watercress and Carrot Sushi as an appetizer.  For the main dishes we dined on Watercress Salad with locally picked Raspberries out of Mike and Susan’s garden.  Delish!!! and baked green bell peppers filled with 5-spice sausage and grape tomatoes, garnished with Watercress.

The Winner of the Challenge “WATERCRESS and BASIL PESTO IN AN ALFREDO SAUCE” served over pasta.  The 3 parts Watercress to 1 part Basil in the pesto was the best I have ever tasted.  It was much brighter and refreshing, plus the pepper twist gave it more pizzazz.  We got our CRESS ON in Chester California !

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