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.