Day 137: It’s padda peedo- but not as we know it

May 17, 2007

This evening, while waiting for someone to come and view our condo between 7 and 8pm, I procrastinated about making Artichoke and Walnut Pesto Pasta. Eventually we decided they weren’t coming and started cooking. Just as I was about to serve dinner, at 7.59pm, they arrived. It would have been too weird to explain why we photograph our food before we eat it, so we waited until they’d gone before reheating and eating. The guy was really interested in looking around so we were hungry for a while, and we missed most of the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy, and that is some quality viewing, obviously. Our place would be perfect for him, let’s wait and see if he thinks so.

So anyway, the pesto was very easy to make, provided that you have access to a food processor. I put toasted walnuts, a tin of artichoke hearts, parmesan cheese, parsley, nutmeg, lemon zest, pepper and garlic in the processor until everything was chopped. I poured in the olive oil as the motor ran, to make a paste. Of course the resulting pesto was a pale off-white colour with green flecks, which shouldn’t have been surprising given the ingredients, but I was still somehow expecting a green paste. When the pasta was cooked, I mixed it with pesto and some chopped baby spinach; easy.

Unfortunately the resulting dish was rather bland. It needed a lot of salt and pepper to give it a bit of a kick, it was almost as if all the ingredients cancelled each other out, flavour-wise. The lemon or the nutmeg or the artichoke hearts, or even the walnuts all became imperceptible in the grand scheme of things. On the plus side, this was a very satisfying and hearty meal, one which you could wolf down without really thinking about it. In all honesty though, I’d rather miss out on washing the food processor bits, and just eat pesto from a jar. Maybe I’d even cook some pasta to eat with it.

In other news, I had my 19 week ultrasound today and everything is looking good with the baby. It looked very much like a little girl, which we are delighted about. Fortuitously, our doctor’s practice is getting a new ultrasound machine in a few weeks, and they are looking for people to practice on. We happily volunteered as we will be super excited to see our little one in 3D/ 4D imaging, rather than the fuzzy black and white images of the past. We do have a few print outs of the baby’s facial bones; she’s a looker. Tomorrow we have to take Baby A to the hospital at 6am for her surgery. We are simply trying not to think about it too much. If she recovers well we’ll come home tomorrow night, but she does have a bed booked in the hospital, just in case. If so, our posting of Spinach and Artichoke Calzones may be a little delayed.

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  • Reply Joannie May 18, 2007 at 8:17 am

    My mother makes a large batch of pesto and freezes it in small batches. It’s tricky to defrost but it works well enough. Then she only has to mess up the food processor once.

    I hope the surgery goes well. And congrats on the baby girl. Excellent luck scoring 4-d ultrasound for free. My OB charges a fortune so we opted out.

  • Reply Sine May 18, 2007 at 8:34 am

    Hej H, L og A
    Jeg skriver lige på dansk. L må oversætte.
    Det lyder spændende med en pige mere. Jeg har givet besked til far og Lene, som ikke lige kan følge med på jeres side, da de er i sommerhus. Far siger, at han har nævnt for jer, at vi også venter en baby. Termin 16/12 (som Mattias).

    Knus fra Sine

    P.S. Det var ikke så meget en kommentar ang. jeres mad, men jeg ville lige skrive alligevel.

  • Reply The Home Cook May 18, 2007 at 9:22 am

    Drat! I was hoping this would be an excellent meal. Judging from the photo it looks tasty and seemed simple enough. Maybe I’ll try tweaking things a bit.

    Congrats about the (possible) girl! Two girls would be great. And yay for free ultrasounds!

  • Reply VP May 18, 2007 at 9:39 am

    Congratulations on the (most likely) baby girl! We’re getting our house ready to put on the market and just don’t know how you’re doing it with a little one, one on the way, and this project going. Continued good luck!

    As for the meal- perhaps using Romano cheese would work? I find parmesan is too plain for some pestos and Romano has a much saltier flavor.

    Again, good luck to all of us home-sellers in this crazy real estate market!

  • Reply Helen | One Year Project May 18, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    Congratulations Sine! Babies everywhere!

    I think this could be tweaked to improve the pesto- maybe more garlic and more artichokes, and a splash of lemon juice would help. Freezing pesto is an excellent idea, we should remember that.
    We’re so happy about the 4D ultrasound- we planned to get one done when I was pregnant last time but left it too late so the amniotic fluid would be too cloudy. Can’t wait to double check the girl status!

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