Today felt more like a Sunday to me than a Monday. I guess that’s what happens when you work from home and weekend errands extend into the work-week. I’m not complaining, I LOVED every second of working from home and having the flexibility of schedule that goes along with it (for example, I did like 3 loads of laundry today in between my reading & writing! Excellent!)
And remember my flowers from last weekend? They’re still going strong!
That makes me happy. I LOVE fresh flowers – and all the better when they actually LAST awhile!
And because I was working from home, I decided to make a little something special today that I generally wouldn’t take the time for – some homemade pesto!
Really the idea was spurred by the fact that I have a huge thing of basil sitting in my fridge (I had to buy it for the pot-luck last Thursday) and I didn’t want it to all go to waste. So here are the players in this simple, yet delicious recipe:
You’ve got your EVOO, some pine nuts, fresh parmesan cheese, fresh basil leaves, salt & pepper and garlic (not pictured).
First I needed to wash the basil. That required doing some dishes (my most loathed of all house-hold chores)
We rarely go out to eat. That means cooking every day. That means dishes. Every. Day. I hate dishes. Like, really really hate them. Chris often helps with them, but I’m also a little OCD and his dish-cleaning ability doesn’t live up to my standards. Just to give you an idea, I make sure to group all the silverware together by type (fork, knife, etc.) in the dishwasher silverware holder-thing so it’s easy to put away when clean. Yep. That’s how I roll.
Anyways, I got all that handled so the sink was like so
and there was actually room to rinse the basil.
Check out my view
Nothing special, but I get to see foliage, & a little bird-feeder so I’m happy. Again – something about nature just puts a smile on my face
After washing the basil I put it into a big measuring cup.
4 cups when fluffy, but the recipe calls for “packed”, so I packed it down and I was left with just over 2 cups (Who knew basil was so fluffy?).
I busted out my brand new food processor – the same exact kind as my old one which sadly broke during a particularly difficult almond butter making experience. Why get the same one that already broke? Well, I don’t have room for a large appliance and this is a little one. Also, it’s only $20 and the next nicer model at the store was $40. I’m a grad student. Price talks. So here’s my lovely Oster (and just FYI: I discovered they have a year warranty, so I kept all the product info and if it breaks again, I’m getting my money back!!!)
If you want to follow along, I used this recipe with only slight modifications (extra garlic & a pine nuts).
So I started with the basil, then added nuts and pulsed.
Then some minced garlic joined the party.
Plus the oil & cheese. some salt & pepper to taste. process.process.process!
That is, if you don’t take into consideration the fact that I could have bought fresh pesto from Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s or wherever for cheaper than I made it. Yup. I think I realized it as I was sitting there processing.
Basil, salt/pepper, & EVOO I had on hand, so they don’t count in the price.
Pine nuts = $5.50
Fresh Parmesan cheese = $6.50
So just those by themselves cost $12.00! Sure, there’s Parmesan leftover, but I specifically bought it just for this pesto & I wouldn’t have spent the money otherwise.
Last time I bought fresh pesto I’m pretty sure it cost like $5. Even if you consider the fact that I have about double the amount typically found in stores, that still adds up to only $10 of store-bought pesto…..which I made with my $12 worth of ingredients. Maybe not the best decision ever money-wise.
I think I tried to dull the pain of the idiocracy of not realizing this sooner by indulging in some of the green goodness.
I sure did lick that spatula! And then I spread a wee bit more on the inside of a pita and made myself a little pesto, black bean, bell pepper & feta pita for lunch grilled panini style on the George Foreman. Definitely dulled the pain
I’ve been in talks with Chris today regarding a little weekend getaway this weekend and I’m too excited! Sometimes little getaways can be just as much fun to plan as the big ones, ya know?
Do you do dishes immediately after a meal, or do you wait till the next day? Of course I always do them immediately
What’s your most hated household chore?
Do you have a food processor you don’t use and you want to just give me?