Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Pesto... Pasta... Perfecto...
I'm not a chef by a long shot. I like to consider myself as one. Some of my friends consider me one, perhaps just because my culinary skills are better than theirs at least ten-fold. However, I'm not an actual "chef." Real chefs have had many many years of experience and seen and made so many things. They are also INCREDIBLY busy people. So busy that I wonder what it is that they do at the end of the night. Well, the most obvious answer is that they eat.
For some people, it would seem to be a head-scratcher but some chefs actually like to cook their own meal after being in a kitchen all day. For me, I still like to cook dinner after a long day of school, studying, errands, etc. Well, today was busy busy busy and what happened about an hour ago after I finished all my stuff was I made a simple dish of pasta and pesto. Well, all I had to do was boil the water, salt it, and drop the spaghetti. After it was done, I put it all in a bowl, added a big heaping spoonful of pesto, and a little of the pasta water. Really, it's the simple things that comfort you and make you happy!
I know this entire writing might seem scattered. I can be scattered at times. However, what I wanted to get at is that it's awesome to have ingredients that are ready to go. This would have definitely worked with store-bought pesto but, I prefer to make it myself; it only takes a few minutes. That pesto above is a mixture that contains 4/5 parsley and 1/5 basil, extra virgin olive oil, Pecorino Romano cheese and Parmigiano Reggiano, garlic, and salt and pepper. Fabulous.
Take home note- pesto in the house = great.