"I think earth, if chosen instead of Heaven, will turn out to have been, all along, only a region in Hell: and earth, if put second to Heaven, to have been from the beginning a part of Heaven itself." -CS Lewis, The Great Divorce


Thing #35: Homemade Pesto

Ok, so clearly I failed at my Lenten discipline. I've been a bit stressed out and overwhelmed, so the blog just didn't happen. Regardless, there are always things to be happy about that go without writing/saying - just know that there have been many good things in my life. I've decided to pick up where I left off, however, and get back on this "happiness" train!

On Sunday, I saw a show where the man made his own homemade pesto, and it looked really easy - just a little garlic, some basil, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, olive oil, a little blend in the blender, and voila - pesto. Now, I need to preface this by saying I'm not inherently capable in the kitchen. I am slowly learning, but sometimes, I'm a little obtuse. First, I discovered that basil is NOT in season. Second, I learned that it's not easy to make pesto in a blender designed for making smoothies. I know now that I need a food processor. However, with those obstacles facing me, I perservered and now have the first batch of homemade pesto.

The basil was frozen in little cubes (genius move on someone's part) and the blender issue means that there are still some chunks of pine nuts in the pesto and that I made a HUGE mess that may have ended up on the ceiling of the kitchen. It was an expensive experiment (none of the ingredients are super cheap), but, with a little mayo, some italian bread, some home-marinated tomatoes (another "thing to be happy about" entry, right there), a little turkey, some swiss cheese, and a good toast on the oven, I realized that the experiment was totally worth it.