Creamy Pesto

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So, for our dad’s birthday we decided to have a relaxed night and cook him dinner at home. The menu was decided the day before – oven baked atlantic salmon on a bed of fresh spinach, roasted vegetables and blistered tomatoes. To us – this sounded wonderful. Not sure if many of you are aware, but atlantic salmon is by far our most favourite meal.

Anyway, a few wines into the night, we decided to start on dinner. Everything was going well until Mel asked ‘Sarah, what do we do about a sauce…?’.

The thing is, we never add sauces or condiments to our meals when cooking for just the two of us. We’re not saying we like plain food (…ew), we consider our cooking more along the lines of gourmet. We live by the philosophy that simply food, in it’s purest form – is the best. You know, herbs and veggies from your garden, good quality cheese, plump olives, heaps of good quality fats, home baked bread – you get the picture.

Also, due to our Italian background (thanks mum), we probably cook with a bit of mediterannean influence. Lots of olive oil , fresh herbs and red wine. Despite these lovely flavours, we never add ‘sauces’. If you appreciate the versatility of olive oil, you’ll understand this.

Back on track…as we were cooking for our food loving father, we thought a sauce would be more than ideal. SO in a frenzy amidst our food prep, we rushed to the herb garden and picked some beauties to make a lovely pesto. By the way, we cooked a dinner for four after three glasses of red. Go us..

This creamy pesto is full of life and love.

Just the way italians like it.

Ingredients 

– Half a cup of basil leaves

– Three twigs of rosemary (about a quarter of a cup)

– Thyme leaves (we just added a few as we were short for time and the leaves take a while to pick from the stem. If you have your own herb garden you’ll understand – terrible we know)

– Two cups of spinach leaves

– A third of a cup of walnuts (macadamia nuts would also work)

– A quarter of a cup of goats cheese

– A pinch of himalayan salt (do not use table salt! Table salt os very bad for you, we will be blogging about this shortly)

– Pepper to taste

– A quarter of a cup of extra virgin olive oil

– A quarter of a cup of water

Method

Look it would be great if we could post some long description as to how to actually make this marvellous spread in an attempt to make it look sophisticated and complicated but it really is too simply…Literally chuck all the ingredients into a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor on hand, a blender will work perfectly.

Serve this spread as desired. We loved it on our fish, but it would go lovely on a piece of freshly baked bread.

Done and Dusted.

M + S xx

 

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Avocado twins turned 21!

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So a few weeks ago we had our turn to experience the so called ‘best night of your 20s’, our 21st birthday celebration. Yes the night was definitely one we will cherish in our memories for the rest of our lives. Everything about the night was perfect, exactly the way we had planned even to the specific itty gritty details (apart from us forgetting to buy edamame beans for extra nibbles.. oh well..)

The day of our party, Saturday the 1st of November, started off quite early. With us half asleep in our kitchen at 7am after downing avocado toast, we found ourselves chopping fruit, making our famous banana and oat cookies and prepping veggies for rice paper rolls. Yes we decided to put all the pressure on ourselves to prepare all of the finger food..We believe that if we were to pay big bucks for catering it would have not represented who we really are at heart. That being foodies who love to cook healthy food from scratch.

The early morning rush was crazy, with hands going in every direction and many near panic ‘lets cancel the party’ attacks. We guess we did this to ourselves as we absolutely wanted to make out 10:30 yoga session practice at the Australian Yoga Academy. This therefore only gave us four hours of preparation post yoga…. hence the rush…. but yoga always comes first, obviously.

Food and nibbles we decided to serve on the night went as follows:

– One massive gourmet cheese platter (all sorts of soft and hard cheeses, juicy dates, nuts, cherry tomatoes, chrisp crackers and grapes on the vine)

– Avocado and hummus dips (homemade by our fabulous mother), accompanied with organic round corn chips

– An array of raw carrot, celery, capsicum, cucumber and tomatoes

– Bocconcini and cherry tomato sticks with basal

– Bread ‘tartines’ (only Eeuropeans would understand this description) AKA toast. We had four different toppings..

                   1) Sliced avocado with oregano, pepper and lemon

                   2) Ricotta with smoked salmon and herbs

                   3) Peanut butter, sliced banana and cinnamon

                   4) Sliced fig, crumbled goats cheese, honey and cinnamon

Later in the evening we served rice paper rolls with either chicken or tofu (for the herbivores)

And finally for dessert we simply had broken up lindt chocolate (dark, milk and white), fruit kebabs and our banana and oak cookies. YUMMO.

The food was absolutely spot on and represented us entirely. It was evident people loved it as it all disappeared quite rapidly after the first gutsy person made the move to snitch the a carrot stick and dip it in hummus. After that everyone became sheep whilst realising the food was also for eating and not just for its super good looks.

And of course there is no 21st without unlimited alcohol. We served our guests with a selection of beers, wines, cider and vodka. It seemed to please everyone quite nicely.

As the night went on, the voices became louder and our excitment over the pile of gifts went from a pleasant smile and thank you to an ‘OMG THANKYOU SO MUCH I THINK IM IN LOVE WITH YOU’, then followed the drunk half bear hug slash attempt kiss on the cheek (yes there were many accidental smooches on the lips happening..)

Words from our loved ones were adorable and well spoken. With mums cute ipad notes and our best friends ‘oh god cannot believe you said that in front of my dad’ speeches.

The night went on until people became sleepy and over intoxicated…. and with us birthday girls ending up at a random house party. We had the time of our lives and hope all our loved ones did too.

Stay tuned for more recipes, design and health posts!

Love M + S xxx

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