The last couple of days have been what the Scots would call “dreich”. Dreich means grey, dull, damp and overcast and usually associated with lower temperatures. Okay, the temperatures are still high but we have just experienced the worst typhoon in Hong Kong for 13 years. When it reaches level 8, Hong Kong closes up shop quite literally; the stock exchange ceases to trade, ferries stop operating and people are forbidden from coming to work or are sent home depending on the time they occur. We later learned, that the typhoon had reached level 10 as reported here.
During cyclonic conditions, people are advised not to venture out. Folks tape up their windows and secure outdoor furniture. Well this was all a bit of a revelation to me; curiosity, intrigue and fear of the unknown all rolled into one! On Monday evening we experienced strong winds, rattling windows and incessant, heavy rain. We awoke on Tuesday morning to find the doors of our balcony wide open, flooding in our kitchen and a tree had fallen over in front of our flat. Alas, we were relieved to have had survived the worst.
With reports of more heavy rain on the way and shops being shut, I decided to put together one of my favourite pasta dishes; Pesto Linguine. This is one of these mid-week meals I resort to if I want a quick and fuss free dinner. The pesto can be made in advance and will keep up to 3 days in the fridge. All you have to think about is cooking the pasta and in no time at all you can have a fragrant, delicious dish.
I make my pesto with basil and pine nuts but I’ve seen a recipe recently using rocket and walnuts which sounds divine and on my list to try
I use linguine simply because I prefer the shape and texture and love how it enables all the pesto to be absorbed and coated evenly over the pasta but I’m sure spaghetti would work just as well.
I never buy shop made pesto simply because this is so easy to make and the taste pales into insignificance after you have tasted the Real McCoy!
With just a few key ingredients, you are on your way to pasta happiness!
What is your favourite pesto and how do you make it ? Do let me know in the comments below!
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