basil pesto shortly beforehand, but I didn't have any basil on hand and I needed a colour contrast. I looked up a few red pesto recipes that were quite complex before finding a simple sun-dried tomato pesto recipe that didn't need lots of extra ingredients like basil and red pepper. After all, I was looking for something because I wanted to use what I had on hand.
pasta, on sandwiches or just stirred into some soup. I loved the bright red colour. It has a little oil sitting on the top of the batch but once it was creamy with lovely intense tomato, cheese and garlic flavours.
these burgers that I have had bookmarked for some time). If Sylvia had been well she might have been excited by the brilliant green colour. As it was, she was too ill to care. The poor wee thing sat on the couch falling in and out of sleep so our priority was to get her to bed as soon as possible.
cauliflower cheese and roast potatoes to serve with the pea pancakes. It would have made it a really satisfying dinner with lots of leftovers. Instead, I added a dollop of the red pesto on the pancake stack and scattered some chopped vegies around it. Who was I kidding when I thought I might have time for anything more! It was a very light meal and I found myself having a cracker or two later that night spread with pesto.
Tinned Tomatoes for her Bookmarked Recipes event.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
This time last year: A Neb at Nut Roast II - Announcement
This time two years ago: WHB Potluck pumpkin cheesecake brownies
This time three years ago: Citrus Grape Cake
This time four years ago: Garam Masala and Gravy Mysteries
From Bruno Loubet in the Observer Food Monthly
Serves 4 (I made 11 small pancakes)
- 350g frozen peas
- 2 tbsp cornflour
- 1 egg
- salt and pepper
- butter, for frying
Cook the peas. I did this in the microwave like my mum does - cut a tip off the packet of peas and bunged it in the microwave until they were hot.
Place cooked peas in the food processor with cornflour, egg, a pinch of salt and a grind of pepper. Blend, scrapping down the sides once or twice. This took me a few minutes. Check seasoning and if you need to add some more, blend again and check it is too your liking.
Heat a frypan and melt a small knob of butter on the hot pan. Drop dessertspoonfuls in the pan and spread out a little with the back of a spoon. Relax, talk about the day at the office, flip over when dried out a bit. Chop some vegies and check the other side. They should be a lacy golden brown but still soft inside when cooked. Serve hot or I think they would be nice at room temperature.
Sun-dried tomato pesto
Slightly adapted from taste.com.au
- 3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
- 1/3 cup pine nuts
- 1 (small) garlic clove, chopped
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
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