Thai Pasta

I know there is nothing Thai about pasta but when I spotted a jar of fresh coriander pesto in the supermarket the other day it brought back so many good food memories (I used to LOVE the stuff as a kid), that I just had to buy it. I was wondering if I could do something slightly different with it than just pasta with pesto, so I decided to create a dish inspired by Thai flavours (pasta inspired with Thai flavours was too wordy a title for this post). The danger of blogging, for me anyway, is a little too much planning what you’ll cook and I miss being able to decide on the day with what’s in the fridge/freezer and create a meal (it isn’t just blogging, a too-long-for-my-liking commute and the expense of shopping daily (as oppposed to weekly) are also factors) but tonight I just winged it, and it was delish! So here is a quick and easy pasta dish with a Thai twist.

Thai Pasta

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Wild Garlic Pesto

I can claim absolutely no credit for this post but it is just too damn tasty not to share. I saw the recipe on ‘Top With Cinnamon‘ and knew I had to make it; I am definitely a member of the pesto fan club and James loves sweet potato. As it happens, I’m also a huge gnocchi fan and I have to say, perhaps disloyally to the versatile and delicious white potato, that sweet potato gnocchi is pretty damn fine. I very slightly altered the pesto recipe but nothing major. I also microwaved the potatoes until cooked, instead of baking them because I was short on time. It seemed to work fine!

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Top With Cinnamon is an amazing blog, with food photographs that make me want to cry with envy, you should definitely go and check it out!

Gnocchi is a great thing to make in bulk and freeze in portions to have on hand for a quick and easy meal. It cooks from frozen in a matter of minutes.

A note on wild garlic: IT IS DELICIOUS, it is beautifully peppery. Try it.

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Pesto Roast Potatoes

Given my adoration of all things basil and pesto related (I am desperate to make a basil ice cream to serve with roasted strawberries soon), I was on a roll after my pesto mash revelation and had another gift of an idea: pesto roast potatoes! My goodness, they were dangerously delicious!

Pesto Roast Potatoes

Now I hesitate, once again, to call this a recipe as it is simply ‘roast some potatoes in pesto’ but I will aim to give my method and perhaps a tip or two.

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Grilled Basil Pork Steaks with Pesto Mash

Given that I am a huge fan of basil, in both sweet and savoury settings, I immediately wanted to cook this dish after seeing the recipe for the grilled pork on Paleo Leap (A fantastic resource for all things paleo). I was also pleased they’d used pork as it is a meat that I don’t cook enough and I have been looking for new ways to cook it. A great bonus was the left over pork steak which I had chopped up on my salad at lunch the next day, delicious even when cold.

I’d come up with the idea (I know many other people before me must have done this very thing but it had never occurred to me before) a few weeks ago about using pesto in mashed potato and was eager to try it out; these pork steaks seemed to be the perfect pairing. The pesto mash moment was an inspired one for me, due to my very strong feelings about pesto. I love it and highly recommend you try some on toast, yum!

Grilled Basil Pork with pesto mash

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Oodles of zoodles.

Flavour of the week: Basil. Oh golly how I love basil, and all basil related food. Strawberry and basil lemonade, pesto on toast, it really is the bees knees of herbs. Except coriander, nothing beats coriander.

Currently reading: 80/10/10 Diet by Douglas Graham. I am only two chapters in but it is about (in a nutshell) eating a plant-based diet. More to come as I read more of it.

What are zoodles I hear you ask, well they are zucchini (courgette, but coodles doesn’t sound anywhere near as cool) noodles. They are a fantastic healthy, low fat alternative to pasta, for days when you are really trying to be good, or just fancy a huge plate of vegetables as often happens with me. Zoodles are made using a spiralizer, spiralizers are great for creative cooking with vegetables and save so much time when shredding cabbage if you don’t have a food processor with relevant attachments.  Continue reading