It seems like ages that I wrote a post, and today as I type this post, I’m wondering, how many things happened in the past few days and I was so involved and engrossed in all those activities that I simply forgot that I have a blog too, which was completely ignored all these days and yes, I did not visit any blogs too..
I want to do so much for my blog but unfortunately I’m not able to. Some times I feel that I’m too slow hence I’m not able to accomplish what I actually want to, but at night, when I sit and try to look back at what all I completed in the day, it appears humongous. I guess I’m just trying to be positive about myself and the life I lead, but must confess, the pressures of life are taking over me.
My regular readers would know that about 2yrs back I was fighting a continuous low grade fever which had weakened my system and immunity, looks like I’m getting back into the fever mode (I’m not talking about the game, Moon Chaser here…LOL) but on a serious note, I’m not too well… I do drag myself through the day but by night I’m tired and definitely irritable as I’m left with no energy but the multitude of work does not let me sit and relax..
Anyways, enough of my health saga, do not want to bore my readers with that but I thought I do owe you an apology for disappearing suddenly, hence the explanation..
On a positive note, my elder kid joined Pizza Hut as a part timer, we thought that this will help him earn his pocket money and at the same time since it’s his hard earned money, he will learn to spend it thoughtfully. I feel todays generation loves to spend more and do not think and plan their future. Hopefully, my kid will learn to spend money thoughtfully. The kid had to undergo a training and then he worked in the kitchen for a week before he joined the front office. While working in the kitchen, he asked us to visit Pizza Hut, so that he could make a Pizza for us.
Personally I prefer Domino’s over Pizza Hut but for the kid we went.. he made two pizzas for us, which were nice. During the visit, the younger one also ordered a green pasta which was basically Fusilli and green veggies tossed in Pesto Cream Sauce. To our disappointment the pesto had no flavor and that was one of the worst pastas we ever tasted. I personally feel that Pizza Hut is over priced for the kind of food it serves but this is my personal opinion..
But then, I promised myself to make my version of that horrendous pasta that I ate, as the Pesto I make is definitely good. Fortunately I got hold of good basil leaves a few days back and that too at a good rate!! Yes, basil leaves are quite expensive here!! So, I did make the Pesto and then I did make the green pasta. You know what, it was finger licking good and at the same time very simple to make, hence I thought of sharing it here, as for Moms like me, this is an easy way of feeding the kid so many greens in one take..One helping of this pasta is quite filling. This version can make a main course as well as can be served as after play snack.
Preparation Time: 15mins
Cooking Time: 5mins
1cup boiled pasta (use any durum wheat pasta)
5-6 small broccoli florets (par boiled)
2french beans cut into thin oblong pieces
1/4th green capsicum, cubed
2-3inch piece green zucchini, sliced
2-3tbsp basil Pesto
3-4tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
100ml fresh cream ( I used low fat)
1tbsp butter +| 1tsp oil
1tsp chili flakes
a pinch of oregano
a few basil leaves
salt (if required)
Boil the pasta al dente in surplus water with salt. Remove in a strainer and use immediately.
Heat the butter and oil together.
Add chili flakes and oregano, followed by French beans and Zucchini, sauté.
Add the Pesto and sauté for a few seconds.
Add the broccoli and pasta and toss on high flame.
Add the cream and capsicum and mix. Keep the flame low while doing this else the cream could curdle or scathe.
Lastly add the grated cheese and mix I’ve used Parmesan cheese but one can use cheddar or processed cheese). Switch off the flame immediately, taste for salt requirement (if you feel that the sauce is too thick, add a few spoons of water and bring the sauce to a boil). Normally additional salt is not required as the pasta is boiled in salted water and the cheese also has the salt.