Pistachios — not just for snacks anymore?

Spaghetti with pistachio nuts, pesto, red peppers & fresh tomato.Tonight, I wanted something different. I wanted pasta, but not the usual ‘red or white’ sauce. In fact, I had Alfredo cheese tortellini on the weekend, so I really didn’t want more of the same. I recalled that I had some basil pesto in the cupboard and started rummaging around the kitchen. Stumbling across an unopened bag of pistachio nuts, I went into the living room to ponder the possibilities and have a little snack.

That’s when I got distracted by tv.  Before I knew it,  I had shelled the entire bag and only eaten a couple of the nuts. I could save most of them for snacks for the rest  of the week, but I really wanted to find something creative to do with them. I recalled that pesto sauce is made with oil,  herbs and chopped nuts  (usually pine nuts), so I decided I would use the jarred pesto, but I’d also chop up some of the pistachios and put  them  to good use! I also dredged up some onion, minced garlic, a red pepper, green onion that needed using up and a fresh tomato. I topped the whole thing  off with the green onion, chopped fresh tomato and a few French’s fried onions.

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A little chai on a rainy day…

A large mug of homemade chai latteIt’s been rather rainy as of late. I don’t know about everyone else, but I tend to crave comfort foods and drinks in grey, wet weather. This morning, I couldn’t sleep, so I was up at 4:30am. Ungodly, I know! So,  I put the kettle on for  a cup  of tea, but part way through it doing its thing, I decided I didn’t want just another cup of ordinary orange pekoe tea. I wanted something else. Something more comforting. Hot chocolate wasn’t quite the  thing, either. I stared across the kitchen at my various spice  jars — not necessarily for an idea, but  just as a spot to focus upon while I thought about what tea I wanted.

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Best laid plans of bakers and cooks…

Two raspberry turnoversNot too long ago, I bought a bunch of frozen puff pastry to make a holiday version of Chicken Wellington, though it was well past the holiday season. Chicken. Cranberries. Stuffing. Puff pastry. Gravy. It was a lot of fun and very tasty, in my opinion. But as a result, I had a couple of boxes of puff pastry left over in the freezer that really needed to be used up.

So on Labour Day this year, I decided I was going to cook, and bake, and see what I could come up with.

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