Sunday, 18 March 2012

Thai Basil Pesto

Thai Basil Pesto


We have heaps and heaps of Thai Basil: it seems to grow better than anything else in the garden! It's a beautiful plant, but its distinctive licorice flavour means it generally isn't appropriate for using in place of sweet basil. Unfortunately, it's also not as common so we seem to have about 2 recipes in 30 cookbooks that use it! I got talking about this to Dreena (whose new cookbook is out now!) about this and she suggested I make a pesto with it (always a great way to use up heaps of basil), so here it is.

What You Need
Ingredients
1 cup thai basil
1/4 cup coriander leaves (cilantro)
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup roasted & salted peanuts
Optional: sprinkle of savoury yeast flakes (nutritional yeast / nooch)

Utensils
Knife
Mini-chopper / food processor
Measuring cups / spoons

What To Do
1. Put everything except the peanuts in your food processor / mini-chopper. Process until combined (a little chunky, i.e. not completely smooth).
2. Add in the peanuts. Process as roughly or as smoothly as you like.

If you want you can just throw everything in from the start, I just find that (because the peanuts are rather soft) it makes it very peanut butter-y. If you don't like coriander, try it with the coriander in. But if you really don't like it, leave it out and just add in more basil. Of course, easily doubles or halves, and adjust to taste (especially lime juice / salt).


And there you have it; easiest thing in the universe that will add something a little different to your sandwich or dip platter (or just eat it straight out of the bowl like we do).

Friday, 16 March 2012

What More Can I Do? Honestly, Tell Me! (Civil Unions Again!)

Hi all,

I'd be very grateful if you'd be so kind as to read my post on the other blog, for Friday's post.


How do you mobilise people? How do you make people care? What is the nature of catchiness?

Basically - I need to reach more  people with the Civil Unions petition - I am starting to run out of time, and options!


By the way.. I swear I'm not making it up - The Academic has been mochi-crazy, and is still writing his recipe post. The choc orange pudding-filled mochi he has made is my absolute favourite. I never thought I'd enjoy mochi, but I love it. He also made a fantastic thai pesto dip the other day - I'm trying to get him to write a recipe for it.. You know how stubborn *some* men can be.. ;)

Take care - and thank you for your support,

Matt

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

What I've Been Doing Lately (5 Priceless Recipe Blogs, Petitions & Publicity)

Hi Everyone.

I know I usually post on Friday, but it's been unusually chaotic around here. I'm acting in a higher position at in my job - which is exciting, but there's lots to learn.

I just wanted to check in with you all and thank you for reading and commenting, and let you know that normal food-related blog activities will recommence soon. Thanks to those of you who have been commenting - sorry I am behind with everything!

As you may have been able to tell from my last post, I've also been working on publicising and supporting an issue that is very close to my heart before an upcoming state election - the rights of same-sex couples in relationships. I've been blogging, writing, phoning, speaking - all over the place, non-stop - I'm a little bit overwhelmed & tired of my own voice at the moment!

Same-sex couples (and heterosexual couples who don't want to be married, but still want legal rights) have been given the option of having a "Civil Partnership" so that they have many of the same legal rights as married couples, but unfortunately, this legislation is likely to be repealed, after many couples have already had these Civil Partnerships.

If you're from Australia, please sign the petition I created to show broad community support Civil Partnerships/Civil Unions in Queensland and to help stop their repeal by the possible/very likely incoming Government - the LNP, headed by Campbell Newman. The link is here: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/mailboxforequalityqld/. Please share it with everyone you know.  You don't need to sign up, you won't get spammed - you simply enter your name, email address & hit submit.

It would be a terrible thing if this important legislation is already repealed. It's really important - this isn't about upsetting religion, or other people's love - it's about legal rights, that every couple should be able to choose to have.

I was also briefly on 612 ABC Radio show's Breakfast with Spencer Howson Monday morning, and you can listen to my short segment here: http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2012/03/first-day-of-civil-unions-5th-march-2012.html?site=brisbane&program=612_breakfast