Easy Monday. This is very handy for us. With three children where each and everyone enjoys his own club this day, It makes me feel more like a taxi driver. With homework, play dates and the weekend laundry and cleaning my day is now officially more than full . So I want to put something easy on table when having dinner. And today that was: Pasta purslane pesto.
And this pesto is made with purslane. A forgotten vegetable for many years, which is making a comeback. And besides the usual hotch pot you can make with this you can use it for a lot more, like making a pesto .
Pesto, as most of you know is an original Italian dish, which got its name from the Italian word " pestare " which means stamping. And the stamping happened in the mortar. And although I sometimes use the mortar and pestle, I find it much faster to make it in the kitchen machine, definitely on the easy Mondays!
At the table: table idea!
A real spring table with primroses , the whole house smells wonderful ! Place the stuffed napkins in the center of the plate, just before you sit down at the table.
If you want to make these a little further ahead (eg in the morning ), you've got to wrap the flowers first in a damp paper towel and then in a piece of aluminum foil before wrapping them in the napkins. Put them in a cool dry place until use. The winding is made of 2 napkins. 1 White napkin and 1 napkin with on the top a nice floral- pink and with pink stripes on the bottom . That pink stripes I cut off with scissors so I got a band. In the piece of the napkins with the flower motif I put the flowers in. The other two sides of the napkin have been folded over it. Then I take the white napkin and put in front in me with a point straight up, and I lay the flowers with napkin in there. I fold the bottom point inward , and then the both sides, so that a bag emerged. With the napkin piece with the stripes I cover the bottom of the bag for a fun accent.
Recipe: Pasta pesto purslane
Ingredients ( 4 people)
- 4 tablespoons pine nuts;
- Fresh purslane, 100 grams;
- 50 grams Parmesan cheese;
- 2 cloves of garlic;
- olive oil;
- pasta, a recipe for homemade spaghetti can be found here;
- Extra cheese and olive oil when served.
Grab a frying pan and put on low heat. Sprinkle the pine nuts in it and roast them until they are light brown and smell nutty. Turn off the heat .
Cut the basil, cheese and garlic coarsely and place them in a food processor. Scoop the pine nuts in the machine. Pulse 3 times , then add 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Turn on the machine and turn on until everything is fine again. See if the pesto is thin enough and add some extra olive oil (1 tablespoon each and puree again.
Put the pesto until use in the refrigerator.
Cook the pasta and toss a portion on each plate. Add 1 tablespoon of pesto and toss the pasta around. Repeat for each plate. Serve the plates with the rest of the pesto, parmesan and olive oil, so anyone can add at taste.