Cilantro Heaven and Pesto

Hey there followers,

just wanted to let you know that we are still here and we have not forgotten about you 🙂 On the contrary we have thought about the blog every day since leaving Denmark.

When first arriving to Atlanta on April 1. we had no place to stay and was so lucky that we could stay with some family friends for the first week. The following we stayed at a hotel on downtown and then left for Savannah and Charleston to celebrate my 30th birthday. Being back from our trip we moved in to a nice little town house in Roswell, 20 minutes north of Atlanta. When we moved in we had nothing, and mean nothing, except our two suitcases with cloth.

You might think that it is a womans biggest dream to go and shop for EVERYTHING, and so did I until it was my turn to do it… So instead of buying everything at once we ended up buying the most necessary things to begin with and then buy more as we need it. This has had a huge influence on our cooking and therefore also our blogging. However, we now seems to have enough kitchen stuff to make every day cooking easy and delicious and we will therefore strive to blog as much as possible again.

Cilantro Heaven

Cilantro has been one of our favorite herb for years, but in Denmark it can only be bought in small amounts at well-stocked super markets and then it was pretty expensive – at least compared to the amount needed. Over here, in the US, you can get huge bundles of cilantro on every street corner and I just love it – for me it is like cilantro heaven… And even though I can buy it every were I have sown some seeds and are now waiting impatiently for it begin to grow so that I can go out on out patio and pick it fresh and put in my chicken and cheese panini or as garnish on top of a delicious curry dish.
I buy cilantro every time I get to Farmer’s Market or the local super market and sometimes I get a little to excited and buy too much, which is what happened the other day when I bought 3 bundles when I only needed 1. When I opened the fridge this morning I realized that the last of the 3 bundles looked a little tired and needed to be used immediately or it would go to waste, and as a new thing in my new American life I have decided that nothing should go to waste unless it is dangerous to consume. So I thought “why not make a cilantro pesto?” and so I did…

 

Ingredients (1 cup)

1/2 cup roasted cashew nuts

2 cups cilantro

1/3 parmesan cheese, grated

2 garlic cloves

1/2 cup + 2 tbsp. extra verging olive oil

1 tbsp. lemon juice

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

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Put all the ingredients in a blender and mix at medium speed until smooth. Taste and add more lemon juice if necessary. The same goes for salt.
If you are the type that likes it a bit more chunky, you can stop the blender for every 5 seconds to take a look and stop when it has the wanted consistency.

Place the finished pesto in an air tight jar and store in a dark place. When you have opened the jar the first time, you can help preserve the remains by pouring some olive oil over the pesto, just so it is covered, before closing the jar.

Cilantro Pesto 2

Bon Appétit!

Ingredients (2.5 dl)

1.25 dl roasted cashew nuts

5 dl cilantro

0.8 dl parmesan cheese, grated

2 garlic cloves

1.5 dl extra verging olive oil

1 tbsp. lemon juice

0.5 tsp. salt

0.25 tsp. pepper

Crunchy Romanesco Salad

Romanesco broccoli (or as some call it, romanesque cauliflower) is a lovechild between broccoli and cauliflower and belongs to the group of edible flowers. In its taste it is milder than cauliflower but more powerful than broccoli, and then it just look fabulous! Some say that taste is everything, but we believe that good looks give the dish the final touch that contributes to the over all experience – and romanesco broccoli is one of the vegetables that makes the food look fabulous 🙂

We have made this salad a dozen times before but haven’t had time to take pictures before now. It only contains a few ingredients, only takes a few minutes to make and tastes fabulous. So if you see a romanesco broccoli next time you buy groceries, buy it and try it!

 

Ingredients (3-4 servings)

1 Romanesco broccoli

1 large red onion

1/2 cup cashew nuts, roasted

 

Dressing

1 tbsp. dijon mustard

3 tsp. honey

1 tsp. olive oil

Salt

Pepper

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Clean the romanesco broccoli and cut it into small bite sized bouquets. Cut the onion into small pieces and place in a bowl together with the romanesco bouquets.

Place mustard, honey and olive oil in another bowl and stir to combine. Taste and season with salt and pepper if necessary. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix well. Let rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, mixing once or twice to divide the dressing.

Arrange the salad on a plate or in small serving bowls. Chop the cashew nuts roughly and drizzle on top of the salad.

Goes great with a medium/rare steak and salt baked potatoes 🙂
Romanesco Salad 5

Bon Appétit!

Ingredients (3-4 servings)

1 Romanesco broccoli

1 large red onion

1.25 dl cashew nuts, roasted

 

Dressing

1 tbsp. dijon mustard

3 tsp. honey

1 tsp. olive oil

Salt

Pepper

Roasted Cauliflower Salad

After an almost vegetable-free weekend we were both craving for a good salad. To get some roughage we decided to make a salad of roasted cauliflowers with cashew nuts and peas. It was much better than expected and we can definitely recommend it for a good large steak or a lemon marinated chicken 🙂

 

Ingredients (4 servings)

1 cauliflower head

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 cup peas

1/2 cup cashew nuts

2 lemons, zest

1/4 cup chives, chopped

Salt

Parmesan flakes

 

Begin by cleaning and cutting the cauliflower into bite-sized bouquets. Roast in olive oil at medium heat for about 15 minutes. Place in a bowl together with peas, lemon zest and chopped chives.

Roast the cashew nuts on a dry pan and add to the rest of the salad. Toss the bowl to mix all ingredients and season with salt.

Arrange on a plate and sprinkle with parmesan flakes. Serve with good slice of bread.

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Bon Appétit!

Ingredients (4 servings)

1 cauliflower head

2 tbsp. olive oil

2.5 dl peas

1.25 dl cashew nuts

2 lemons, zest

0.8 dl chives, chopped

Salt

Parmesan flakes