Foodie Friday – Soup & Pesto

This Foodie Friday I do not have any proper recipes to share, just a couple of quick things I made during the week and a story about Pumpkin Lady.

First of all Pesto – this went down very well with the Boyo – the jar I made was big enough to last a while but it was scoffed within 3 days.

I toasted some pine nuts in a dry non-stick pan then blended them until they were the consistency of peanut butter (this would actually make a nice change from peanut butter).

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I then blended that with fresh basil, 2 cloves of garlic, some sun dried tomatoes, olive oil and seasoning.

For quantities just use whatever you feel is best for you, I added more basil and olive oil until it was the consistency I liked and ours was quite garlicky as the Boyo is a big garlic fan.

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Next time I will try roasted peppers and some chilli flakes for a different twist.

The fresh basil smells amazing and pesto is so versatile.

Initially for our tea I roasted some slices of chicken breast in the oven with a little italian seasoning, then topped the chicken with the pesto near the end of the cooking time, I served it with tomato and basil rice, grilled courgettes and I crushed some toasted pine nuts and sprinkled with parmesan over the top. It was delicious.

We then had it in sandwiches, dipped crackers into it, had it with camembert and foccacia for lunch, and I also topped burgers with pesto and mozzarella.

I think the price was comparable with shop-bought jars as so often pesto is on special offer but the fresh taste beat the shop jar hands down. Definitely something I will make on a more regular basis now – and I even have a little basil plant on my windowsill to help me!

I had a pumpkin to use up this week. If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen my very attractive looking pumpkin lady. I don’t know about you but very often in my family if we are up late and are very tired or it is past midnight we’ll say ‘oh dear it’s so late I’m going to turn into a pumpkin’ (must originate from cinderella). Last Friday the Boyo was away working in London and I knew he wouldn’t be back until after midnight. So I got a pumpkin, drew a face on it, put a wig on (we already had that in house), my old specs and finished her off with a touch of lippy.

I then put the pumpkin in bed with a wee note.

I’d already told the Boyo that I would be in bed asleep as he would be getting back late.

So he got home and found I had actually turned into a pumpkin.

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Well this meant I had a pumpkin to cook. Having never made anything with pumpkin before I decided the easiest thing to make would be soup. I didn’t follow any recipe or particular quantities I just put an assortment of vegetables into a pot, roasted some of the pumpkin, added some lentils and made soup. It turned out rather tasty and stocked up my freezer for weekday lunches nicely.

I used:

Pumpkin

Carrots

Onions (red and brown)

Yellow Pepper

Red lentils

Celery

Spinach

Chicken & Vegetable stock (BIG pot so needed lot of stock)

Thyme

Salt & Pepper

Dash of Worcester sauce

Cook until all soft, then blend. Voila. Tasty soup.image

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