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Monday, June 29, 2009

Home-Made Pesto Sauce

We're rather into wraps this month. We've had them so many times! It's great fun to make a wrap amidst all the cries of "Hey! It's dropping out the other end!" and "How did you manage to put so much in there!"

The Daughter and I love them because of the pesto sauce. It's that green paste you see in the picture above, spread like goo all over the wrap. Here, I've used black pepper beef, shallots, tomato bits and pineapple. Sometimes, I use sliced crispy pork belly that I buy from Cold Storage. The leftovers of a roast chicken works great too!

Sweet basil is a key ingredient in pesto sauce, which is delicious and very versatile. I use it on spaghetti with prawns, crusty bread with tomato bits, ham and pineapple. Or if I feel like a more elaborate meal, I make seafood risotto with pesto sauce. It's all good. That kind of explains why my pot of sweet basil is so precious and also why it never gets really big. Miam! Miam! Miam!

And you won't believe how easy it is to make. All you need is pine nuts, salt, raw garlic, sweet basil leaves, olive oil and a blender. Throw everything in and blend into a smooth paste that looks like this.

Then, spread it on anything you like. The Daughter even spreads it on chocolate cake. Now, how disgusting is that?!


Open Kitchen Concept said...

oh... i make my own pesto sauce too... :) It is more satisfying when it is your own basil, isn't it? I use exactly the same ingredients as you.. but I often make it much thicker cos I like to cook it with pasta.

Oh.. btw, so sorry I haven't contacted you abt the visit to your garden. Long story but I haven't been able to do it so far.. so sorry.. :(

petunialee said...

Hey... no worries! I know how it is because I am like that. Between work and kids and spouse, the schedule is unpredictable and fills up very fast!! I've often made plans that I've had to cancel last minute. Let's leave it open and fix up something when both of us have a window and feel like it. Even if it never happens, it's fine. We can interact conveniently through cyberspace.

Blur Ting said...

I haven't made pesto sauce so far. My basil is growing too lanky, and I've been wondering what I should cook with it. Now I know. Thanks!

petunialee said...

I hope you like it as much as I do!

Chawanmushi said...

Wah ...te way you write about the pesto sauce makes me wanna eat what you wrote :-)

petunialee said...

Hee! I rather think what I wrote would taste like what most people write - paper. Anyway, I hope you like the sauce as much as my family does... with the exception of my son.