Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Up A Garden Path

Eden Project
The Rainforest Biome

The largest rainforest in captivity!

Monday, 29 September 2014

Spaghetti with Pea Pesto and Broad Beans

A simple vegetarian pasta dish for two...

Spaghetti with Pea Pesto and Broad Beans

A handful of shelled broad beans
250g dried spaghetti
salt and pepper

Pea Pesto

150g frozen peas
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic cloves
50g parmesan cheese, grated
50g blanched almonds, chopped
zest and juice of 1/4 lemon
pinch of sugar

For pesto, cook the peas in a saucepan of boiling water until just tender.
Drain and transfer to a food processor.
Add the oil, garlic and cheese and process to a coarse paste.
Add the almonds and process again.
Add the sugar and lemon zest and juice and season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Blanch the broad beans in a saucepan of salted boiling water until  just tender.
Drain and leave to cool.
Peel off the dull skins.

Cook the spaghetti according to the packet.
Drain, stir in the broad beans and toss with the pesto.
Serve immediately with shavings of parmesan cheese.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

London Stopover

As mentioned in my earlier entry, we went off course - to the great cultural metropolis that is London!
Unfortunately, it was to be but a short pause in the journey; we needed to renew our passport, so no shopping this time for me. sigh!

Once the documents were submitted, we headed towards the nearby Hyde Park for a nice stroll... it was, after all, a very beautiful, balmy day and should not be wasted cooped-up indoors

For lunch, I met up with my "long-lost" cousin... we've not seen each other for more than fifteen years!
So many stories to share and not enough time to tell them all.
But we promised that this would not be the last time... we should plan for more of these get-togethers!

Till we meet again xoxo