Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Summer sucking and Pesto Pasta Salad

Here I am, up all night tryin' to get the work done.  Trying to find a quiet moment to myself to put thoughts in a row.  A quiet moment to pay attention to one thing for any stretch of time without being interrupted by a 'watch this Mummy', 'Gabe did', or a loud crash.  These have been rare this summer and I don't see much improvement until the kids are back in school. (in 30 days and counting.....but who's counting right?)

This summer just gets weirder and weirder.  I can't say that it has been a great one.  I hate to even put that out there but we have had a good bout of bad luck or bad karma..or bad something.  This has been a summer of ruined holidays, unforeseeable expenses and endless solo parenting.  We tried to have 'Holiday 2.0' to make up for the 'The Poison Ivy Debacle'.  A nice long weekend of camping and spending time at my parents house ended up being our car almost over-heating on the highway there (forewarning some major trouble) one night of camping (on what ended up being the hottest night of the summer so far, down the lake from a bunch of teenagers who stayed up all night drinking and "woot" "wooting" into the wee hours only exacerbating my already brutal headache from the sun and heat stroke I had gotten from the outrageously hot day and the 947,000 mosquito bites), to being dropped off by Big Daddy at my parents house the next day for him to rush back to the city to leave for a sudden week long business trip.......the idea being that if I am going to be solo parenting it would be easier if I spent some of it with my parents....until my mom got 'the flu'.....and then I got a sore throat...

I will pause here for your laughter........

No please, laugh...someone has got to.  Oh I forgot to mention Big Daddy calling to tell me the car needs a ton of work and how I need to find some magical money to pay for it (we are still reeling from the medical bills from the 'PID' (poison ivy debacle)  Yeah life is good.

Anyway, life is getting in the way of writing, and I am trying to keep a positive outlook, for the sake of the kids, and writing is usually my outlet.....this. is. me. trying. to. put. a. positive. spin. on. things....there is no emoticon to smiling through gritted teeth is there?

Let's now get to the point and the happiest part of this week for me....this salad....this pesto.

Pesto is something that I have experimented with numerous times and have never really gotten 'right'.  Truth is, I think very few people every get it 'right' and I have had many a terrible bland oily pesto in restaurants too.  One of the few that I have truly appreciated was a pea shoot pesto  made by Bob at The Beech Tree Pub that topped a beautifully grilled and sliced steak.  That's the kind of pesto I can get behind.  I think I have finally gotten one 'right'

2 cups Basil leaves, washed and dried
3 cups Arugula and Spinach combo, washed and dried
4 tbsp Sunflower seeds
1/2 cup grated Parm
3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
1/2 lemon, juiced (approx 2 tbsp)
1/4-1/3 cup olive oil 
salt and pepper to taste.

Add the basil, arugula spinach mix and sunflower seeds in a food processor and pulse 5-6 times until the leaves are mostly broken down.  Add the garlic and lemon juice and pulse a few more times to incorporate and break down more.  Slowly drizzle in the olive oil until it gets a sloppy consistency but before it gets runny.  Add the parm and only blend to combine.  Add more olive oil if needed to get 'sloppy' again.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Toss with cooled room temp pasta for a nice salad.  In this case we added sliced steak and cherry tomatoes for a school yard picnic with friends

I truly hope that you are having a better summer than me.....that maybe by some fluke we are sucking all the ridiculous out of the universe and leaving some serenity behind for everyone else......ahhh but dare to dream..

1 comment:

Robert Maxwell said...

Thanks for the pesto shout out. By the way, we're having a crappy summer too....