Failed Mission and Perfect Pesto Nights

October 5, 2010

It seems that I may have been premature in casting aside any medicinal help, as I proclaimed I was going forth on a solo mission to get better. For, I am yet again unwell. I have spent the day in bed, longing to feel normal again.

Although my appetite has disappeared, I wanted to share with you a lovely meal that I had on the night of my birthday brunch. Ben made pesto. Basil and pinenut pesto. It was amazing. We twirled our pasta in delight, and as we ate we watched ‘The Big Sleep’. It was one of those perfect evenings…

It needed more basil


Homemade basil and pinenut pesto with chicken and asparagus. Delicious 🙂 Such an amazing combination – lovely, fragrant basil, rich garlic, earthy pinenut undertones, confidently sharp parmesan and silky olive oil. mmmmmm. I love to toast the pinenuts first, to get a richer flavour. How fabulous the end product is, all depends on the quality of the ingredients used. We add more basil/pinenutes/garlic depending on our mood at the time. This night it was all about the garlic and basil.

I so long to feel that good again! I am feeling decidedly less stubborn about popping a pill to get better, and I am very open to accepting a helping hand from some chicken soup, drugs or preferably both.

Heidi xo
  • The InTolerant Chef October 5, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    I loooove garlic. My hubby knows that the way to my heart for the evening is to make me a big piece of gluten free garlic bread, not chocolates! Oh, and a big glass of wine too.
    Hope you feel better soon, make sure you eat lots and lots of garlic- great for the immune system!

  • KittyCate October 5, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    I hope you feel better soon hun! Its been the week for it, it seems!
    Your meal looks fantastic, I adore a good pesto pasta with asparagus – and Oyster Bay is some of my fave wine xx

  • Heidi October 5, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    thanks girls! garlic is the best. homemade garlic bread would go down a treat right now! I'm usually a red drinker, but I really like Oyster Bay whites 🙂

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 5, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    I hope you feel better soon Heidi! I've been struck down with something similar and it isn't fun is it 🙁

  • Kelsey October 6, 2010 at 4:23 am

    more basil, more garlic, mmmm makes the perfect pesto!! this looks fantastic!! <3

  • littleaspects October 6, 2010 at 6:27 am

    Feel better soon, Heidi! Mmm . . . that pesto looks delicious!

  • Leah October 6, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Oh Heidi, you poor thing, your still sick! I hope you get better soon.
    The pesto looks great!

  • delicieux October 6, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I love basil pesto and this looks great!! Whenever I go to the markets I pick up bunches of basil to make a huge supply of pesto that I can divide into individual bags and freeze and pull out when I need them. So handy.

    Hope you feel better soon 🙂

  • Anna Johnston October 6, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    I hate feeling unwell, so sending a virtual hug for you to get better kid. Love it when I get to eat a fave like this one.

  • Heidi October 6, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Thanks for all the lovely well wishes. Loving the garlic love too 🙂

  • Celeste @ Berrytravels October 6, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I love Pasta and I love Pesto. Together, they are like a match made in heaven.

    Sounds like a beautiful evening, but I do hope you feel better soon!

  • Lisa October 6, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Feel better girl! Rest!

    This meal looks delish. Anything with parmesean cheese has my vote! =)

  • Angela October 7, 2010 at 9:18 am

    speaking of vino, we're going to NZ for the first time next month! excited to see Marlborbough, have you been?

    get better soon over there! rest up and take lots of vitamin C 🙂

  • Heidi October 7, 2010 at 9:46 am

    I have never been to NZ, Angela, but I would like to! It looks so stunning in all the pictures I've seen. I have really started to enjoy a good sav blanc lately, so the Marlborbough region would be fabulous to see. Have fun 🙂

  • April @ My Food Trail October 7, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Sorry to hear you've been feeling sick. It's an awful feeling, especially when it keeps dragging on! Hope you get well soon.

    And happy belated birthday! 🙂

  • Hannah October 7, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Eep! I just read The Big Sleep last night, as I've always enjoyed the movie, and you know what? It's even good without Bogart 😉 The pesto looks wonderfully vibrant, too!