|smoke or cloud, I couldn't tell anymore|
|someone waded into ditches all along the trail|
While recent dinners haven't been as awful as that one, I've been in a serious rut. Most of my suppers have been more about assembling than cooking.
|on his way to kayak camp|
|first zucchini from the garden|
|picking blackberries in early July?!|
Here are some things that have saved my meals:
Cucumber and avocado salad
sausages from here (also burgers, meat skewers, meatballs)
tomatoes from the garden
farm fresh fruit and veggies from the fruit stand and market
Dickie's ginger beer (on it's own or in Pimm's Cup - yum!!)
Last night I redeemed myself somewhat with a pesto pasta with chicken and roasted corn using the basil bunch I got from the market a few days ago and whizzed into a pesto. I used my food processor to make a chunky pesto as I am without a mortar and pestle to make authentic pesto. Instead of pine nuts, I added in a couple of spoons of almond pesto that I made the other night to go with some green beans which was the best part of that dinner.
Basil Pesto with almonds
1 bunch of basil, leaves stripped from stems
a few grinds of sea salt
2 tbsp almond pesto
50 grams shaved parmesan
Whiz the basil in a food processor until chunky. Add the salt, pesto and cheese and whiz briefly to mix. Pour in olive oil and mix until a chunky paste is formed.
Pesto Pasta with chicken and roasted corn
1 small package linguini
3 ears of corn, kernels cut of the cobs
1 cup diced cooked chicken (I used this one)
dash of cream
salt and pepper
Cook the linguini in salted boiling water until al dente. Drain.
In a separate saucepan, large enough to hold the pasta and sauce, add a small knob of butter over medium heat. When the butter has melted, add the fresh corn kernels and saute until some of the kernels take on a golden brown colour. Add in the diced chicken and mix to heat. Add the drained pasta and pesto and toss to mix. Add a dash of cream and salt and pepper to taste. If you have some lemon around, squeeze some lemon over to taste. Add cheese and serve.