Sunday, 27 March 2011

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Sacla' Sun Dried Tomato Pesto - Review

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As you may remember from this post I love pesto. It will always be one of my kitchen staples for its versatility and of course, yummyness. I was sent a jar of Sacla's Sun Dried Tomato Pesto to put through it's paces.

"Mellow but intense. A sauce that boasts fragrant Ligurian basil, Italian sun-dried tomatoes, Grana Padano cheese and, as with all great pesto sauces, crushed pine kernels.
Stir it through a chunky pasta (like a good penne,) let it cling to every contour and, finally, let it rain Parmesan.It can also give your soups, gravy and casseroles extra depth - leave aside how good it can make you look in the kitchen." - From the Sacla' website.

Sounds very promising doesn't it? Well let me tell you something. Not only did it deliver everything it promised, but so much more. I have used this in so many things and I'm in love. My favourite experiments so far have been in a seeded bread sandwich with parma ham + guacamole and mozzarella, A simple bacon sandwich in replace of the ketchup (or brown sauce if you are that way inclined!) And in pasta for which I was given this sample recipe:

Fusilli with Sacla’ Sun-dried Tomato Pesto & Crispy Pancetta

Ingredients

450g fusilli
75g frozen petits pois
70g thinly sliced pancetta
300ml crème fraîche
4 rounded tblsp Sacla' Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
1 heaped tblsp roughly chopped Italian parsley
Salt & freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

Put a large pan of salted water on to boil for the pasta and cook the fusilli according to the pack instructions, throwing the peas in for the last couple of minutes.

Dice and fry the pancetta in a pan until really crispy. Then remove from the pan and leave to drain on kitchen paper to remove any excess oil.

Then, to make the sauce, combine the crème frâiche and pesto in a small pan and gently heat through for a few moments, stirring to mix well. Add 4 tablespoons of water and season, stir again until hot.

Drain the pasta and peas in a colander. Transfer to a warm serving dish, stir the sauce through the pasta, scatter over the pancetta and parsley and serve straightaway for a super speedy supper.

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Picture doesn't do it justice really, not having much luck with electronics lately.

I really urge you to give this yummy pesto a go, you wont be disappointed!

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Spring has sprung

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I just wish I could too.

My plate has been very full lately as most of you know. It's made doing the usual early spring things difficult, even just planning them. Current situation and money worries are causing a lot of sleepless nights at the moment.

Today I had a good look around the garden. Oh dear. Lack of motivation in anything over this god awful long winter has taken it's toll on the garden. I never like doing too much to it, as I rent and don't know how long I'm going to be here. I want to figure out a way of growing as much veg as possible in mobile/non permanent/easily moved containers etc. All of this of course with a tiny garden and no money what so ever. 

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Dyllan liked having a good look around though, showing his toy dinosaur everything in his own silent way. He has been such a little tinker lately. It's getting more and more difficult to occupy him. I don't drive, and buses here are silly money. Around us there's just private land and fields so no where close for us to explore and playgroup is just once a week. There is only so much crafty toddler type things he will tolerate but we get to bed time in the end. As a special treat we were able to go to our Soft Play last week which of course he loved.

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What was also awesome, was that I was able to go through the soft play gym with him! Before I was too big to fit which was very embarrassing and I would have to just watch Dyllan from the other side of the nets. So in all it was a lot of fun.

Monday, 7 March 2011

A little weight loss update

I'm not gonna lie. I've been CRAP with this diet. It's been a real roller-coaster, some of it my fault and some of it out of my control. It's such a hard core diet, the slightest thing can throw me off course and with everything that has happened since I started, it's been more of a space shuttle launch rather than a throw. But I've come a long way so far so I thought a little update was in order.

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And February 2011

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I'm not going to talk about actual weight, but I have dropped from a size 20-22 to 14.

These past couple of weeks I have been off the diet. So much stress and exhaustion from sickness, I needed the break. But now I'm getting back on it, starting hopefully tomorrow!