6 June 2016 / 12 Comments
Bea’s favourite pasta with tons of green pesto!
The past few weeks were like a whirlwind in my usually calm life.
Me and my husband went to London for two amazing events,Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year and UK Blog awards. Both the same week (!). We met fantastic people, made great memories, drank too much prosecco and danced on Trafalgar Square. OK. Only I danced as Darek watched my crazy moves and couldn’t stop laughing! No. it wasn’t my typical shy bop with moving from one leg to another, slowly swinging my arms on the sides. It was the kind of wild dance I do in the kitchen when no one is looking! Probably even wilder than I thought, because the police(!!!) went up to my husband asking him who I was!!! Can you really get arrested for expressing your happiness in public? Let’s just hope there is no video floating around the internet, otherwise I’ll have to leave the country!
But don’t you just love London? Trafalgar Square. Tuesday night. DJ and a dancing group of happy people. (Pretty obvious who the dancing queen was!) This city has a vibe!
It was brilliant and I’m over the moon that my photograph of Polish pierogi came second in Food Bloggers Category in Pin Lady Food Photographer of the Year and that Bea’s cookbook was Highly Commended at the UK BLOG AWARDS.
…..However the hangover wasn’t so exciting at all!!!…..
Talking about whirlwind…there is something else too….we’ve had a puppy!!!
She is the sweetest and most charming thing in the whole world…..that turns into tornado within a split second.
She loves gardening. I dig the plants in, she digs them out and madly wags her tail like it it’s the best game ever.
She loves to play hide and seek. She hides socks everywhere abound the house (I found a few in the garden too!) and you have to look for them, which might not be so funny if you are in a rush and you end up leaving the house wearing not matching pair.
Ohhh and she is really into food too! Literally. Her mouth lands in the food, the second you leave the plate unattended. Not to mention that she drank all the beer from the slug traps!!! (Have you ever heard of those traps? Us neither! But we trying every internet hack to get rid of them before they eat the whole garden! Any tips welcome!)
And really, she makes us roll on the floor with laugher and I just love the way she expresses her happiness with the whole body. (Just like me when I was dancing on Trafalgar Square!)
Right, let’s talk about food a little bit. It’s a food blog at the end of the day, not a blog about cute dogs nor about my dancing skills 😉
So here is my favourite comfort food recipe. Pasta with tons of green pesto! Hell yeah! I’m totally addicted to it!
When it comes to pesto I am a masochist. I get out the sharpest knife and chop…. Chop…. Chop. …Chop…. It’s like a therapy. Plus it’s much cheaper J Of course you can use food processor too. No judgment! I use it from time to time too 😉
I’ve tried all different ingredients in this dish, whatever I had in the fridge but I always go back to those few, simple ones I love here the most: courgettes, olives, macadamia and pine nuts and super juicy yellow tomatoes. It tastes A M A Z I N G !
Serves 4 big portions:
For basil pesto:
1 large bunch of basil
1 clove of garlic
40g pine nuts
30g Parmesan, finely grated
freshly ground black pepper
a small pinch of freshly grounded sea salt or any of your favourite salt
50-60ml of good quality extra virgin olive oil
Chop basil and pine nuts finely and place them in a medium bowl along with parmesan. Bash the garlic with the wide, blunt part of the knife and then chop it finely and add to the rest of the ingredients. Add black pepper, salt and olive oil. Mix with a spoon.
When I use a food processor I prefer the texture of the pesto much more when I place the basil, garlic, pine nuts and grated Parmesan in a bowl first. Whizz the ingredients until fine and then I add the rest of the ingredients : grated Parmesan, salt, pepper and olive oil and mix them all together with a spoon.
For the dish:
350g fresh pasta
200g green olives
200g yellow tomatoes
100g macadamia nuts
a handful or two of pine nuts
good quality olive oil
a handful of grated parmesan
fresh basil leaves
Boil the pasta in slightly salted water with a spoonful of olive oil. Drain, pour some cold water through it and place back in the pan. Add the pesto and mix it in well so it covers the whole pasta.
Pour some oil in a pan, heat it up and add sliced courgettes, cook until soft.( I like mine with a little bit of crunch). Add them to the pasta and heat it up slightly. Take it off the heat again and add the rest of the ingredient: olives, halved tomatoes, macadamia and pine nuts. Sprinkle with some grated Parmesan and fresh basil leaves and ENJOY!!!
Congratulations Bea on the pink Lady accolade!! You 100% deserve it!! Wild dancing in trafalgar sounds like the perfect way to celebrate! Also HOW EXCITING you have a little puppy!! They are real game changers!! Delicious recipe and beautiful photos too! (As always).
Thank you so much Lindsay xxx
Hahaha, you know you’re having a good time when the police is questioning what you’re doing!! Congratulations to you, the recognition is very well deserved! The pasta looks and sounds fantastic. Phenomenal photography, as always, LOVE your styling and compositions. (And I love that cute puppy face!)
Hahaha So true Nicole!They were actually quite friendly and told my husband to join me!Thank you so much for your lovely words xxx
What a lovely recipe and that puppy is so cute. Is it a cockapoo? We have a puppy, he’s nearly 9 months old now and he really keeps me on my toes!
Congratulations on the nominations and awards, it’s well deserved.
Hi Angela!Thank you so much!Daisy is a cavachon but I think she looks a lot like cockapoo!
Congratulations, Bea! Your styling and photography is always so inspirational! That puppy is absolutely gorgeous, it sounds like she is keeping you very busy! Another lovely dish, I love pesto so will definitly be trying it 🙂 xx
Thank you so much for your lovely words Louise!
Woah chica. . .those must have been so over the top dance moves for the police to inquire. . .or perhaps they were so smooth that they were hoping you were perhaps a single lady (wink, wink. . .lets go with that one). Crazy dance moves or not. . .this puppy loves you regardless. And what a cutie. How could you possibly get mad with a face like that looking up at you? Oh. . .and this pasta. Beautiful!
Hahaha Thanks Lynn!I must admit I still feel embarrassed 😉
Jak jest policja, to znaczy że jest dobra impreza. Buziaki i gratki 😀
Haha Dzieki Gosia!