Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Pesto....

Yesterday was a day that I made my own pesto sauce! I really wanted to make them for a long time but never did either find the time or enough basil leaves for it! So yesterday when my basil plant is finally in full lush leaves, I cut them down leaving only the young shoots to grow me more basil for the next few days...

My poor leafless basil plant.... It used to be lushed!

I always though pesto is difficult to make but its really not that difficult at all! All we need was lots and lots of basil leaf, 1 or 2 cloves of garlic, some pine nuts (I used almond nuts instead and it tastes great!), grated Parmesan cheese, some olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. All I did was pound away the first 3 ingredients then add the rest according to taste. The taste was heavenly as I cook it in with my pasta of vegetables and fresh tuna. Hmmmm....

My faithful "lesung"... When my mini blender calls in "sick"!


May be the next time when my basil leaf grows back again, I'll make another round of pesto but this time with chili padi in it! There's nothing in the world that can beat the extra "oomph" in pesto sauce than chili... May sound un-Italian to some, but I like to try out new things from the basic recipes. This way it keeps our creative juices flowing and at the same time fulfill our stomach!

4 comments:

Barbara said...

I didn't know pesto sauce was made that easily? I had a whole bunch of basil leaves growing a couple of months ago and my mom chopped it all off :(

Only if I knew earlier, I would have made them into pesto. BTW Shanny, can it keep long in the referigerator?

ShannyK-L said...

I think if were to keep the prepared ones frozen like ice cube form, I think it won't be a problem. Or just add the cheese when you're ready to use them, as you know mixed cheese won't lasts long... Happy cooking!

CraftyPretender said...

I love pesto ... just have to grow a different kind of basil in my garden grrr ...

btw, recipe tip for ya...

slice open a salmon (Fish, not filet or steak), stuff it with pesto sauce and lay over it with a mild farmer's cheese

bake to your specifications.. and OMG


EeKoon ... thinking about eating now

ShannyK-L said...

Thanks EeKoon for the recipe! :) hmm.. don't really like salmon but will try this anyway with other types of fish!