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Rosemary and Pepita Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Rosemary and Pepita Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

One of the things I miss about summers are tomatoes; lush, juicy, plump, just-off-the-vine and bursting with flavour tomatoes, there is nothing quite like it.

The sombre grey clouds and rain make it easy to long for summer tomatoes, but I do love the calm this time of year offers, there’s cool gentleness to autumn that is comforting.

Tomorrow our neighbours to the south celebrate Thanksgiving, and with that begins the rush of the Christmas season. I’m a little unprepared for the season, I feel like it just crept up on us, how are we at the end of this year?

I remember getting a bag of pepitas (pumpkin seeds) early this past spring at the Trader Joe’s in Bellingham, uncertain but eager to try them. I sprinkled a handful over a quinoa and corn with roasted tomato salad.

Months later I spied the neglected pepitas in the cupboard and thought about the roasted cherry tomatoes, and the idea for this rosemary and pepita sun-dried tomato pesto was born.

Rosemary and Pepita Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Rosemary and Pepita Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
Rosemary and Pepita Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Rosemary and Pepita Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

We love pesto!

The first time we made this pesto we used slow roasted tomatoes; it was wonderfully savoury and rich, and tasted good on almost everything.

It’s a handy sauce to have in the fridge for quick weeknight meals. It’s fast become a household favourite, we use it on pasta, as pizza sauce, with roasted new potatoes, and it’s amazing on crusty bread and in sandwiches.

I prefer sun-dried tomatoes to slow roasted tomatoes for this pesto; it’s heartier and rustic with a much more intense and sweet tomato flavour. I get freshly dried sun-dried tomatoes that are soft and moist, but oil-packed tomatoes will work too or you will have to reconstitute very dry tomatoes.

I used the last of my pepitas a month shy of its expiration date. I guess time has passed; we tossed some into our granola in the summer and kept sprinkling them over salad, but mostly we made pesto.

Rosemary and Pepita Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Rosemary and Pepita Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
A delightfully savoury pesto bursting with rich flavours!
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INGREDIENTS
  1. 1 cup (packed) sun-dried tomatoes
  2. 1 cup toasted pepitas
  3. 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
  4. 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  5. 1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper
  6. 3/4 – 1 cup olive oil
  7. 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
DIRECTIONS
  1. In a food processor, add sun-dried tomatoes and pepitas, and pulse to combine
  2. Add rosemary, garlic, Aleppo pepper and salt and pulse into a chunky paste
  3. While the food processor is running, gradually pour in olive oil until desired consistency is reached, make it as smooth or as coarse as you want it.
  4. Taste and check for salt and pepper, adjust seasoning as preferred
  5. Use immediately, or store in a jar or airtight container covered in a thin layer of olive oil
NOTES
  1. I used dry-packed sun-dried tomatoes that were soft and moist.
  2. Pepitas are toasted pumpkinseeds, you can get them at the nuts or bulk section of most grocery and natural food stores.
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Rosemary and Pepita Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Wheat Berry Breakfast Porridge

Wheat Berry Breakfast Porridge

October flew by so fast it feels as if I blinked one September morning and November rushed in.

This was supposed to be the lull between the haze of summer and the crazed holiday season, the past two weeks have been a blur of transitions, from coming home and being sick for a few days to settling into the damp grey autumn landscape.

I’m getting back into the swing of things, slowly, I haven’t cooked a proper meal yet – still imagining that black eyed pea stew with harissa, cumin and fried sage… maybe this weekend.

The good news is, I’m managing breakfasts just fine – I’m usually excited for breakfast this time of year because porridges and hot cereals, which I utterly love, are better suited for fall and winter.

Wheat Berry Breakfast Porridge

Porridges are warming, comforting and hearty; ideal for starting off a cold dreary day.

Although I’d heard of wheat berries, I didn’t really discover it until this summer when I had it in an amazingly good salad and it was pleasingly chewy and nutty. I knew I’d love it for breakfast, cooked in a thick, rich, sweet porridge.

This wheat berry breakfast porridge can also be made overnight in a slow cooker too. The ‘berries’ absorb the sweet creamy almond or coconut milk it’s cooked in, it tastes sumptuous.

I love the chewy texture of wheat berries, it has a nice crunch to it, it’s nourishing and keeps me energised throughout the morning.

I grate a little dark chocolate over mine with a little more milk, and it gets chocolaty and yummy

Wheat Berry Breakfast Porridge Wheat Berry Breakfast Porridge
Wheat Berry Breakfast Porridge

Wheat Berry Breakfast Porridge

Lemon Olive Oil Cake

Lemon Olive Oil Cake Lemon Olive Oil Cake
Lemon Olive Oil Cake

I’ve neglected this space for far too long; in that time I’ve had éclairs in Paris, coffee in Amsterdam and an amazing lunch in London.
It’s been an active couple of weeks; exhausting but in a good way, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I’m back now, and just like last year I’m battling a cold again.
I have plans for soup this weekend, black-eyed peas stewed in a brothy sauce with lots of harissa and cumin and topped with fried sage – I can almost taste it!

But I’ll like to share this lemon olive oil cake with you before I move on to that – I’ve had this post prepped and ready for weeks, waiting for words to go with it. It feels surreal to be staring at it again after all this time.

Lemon Olive Oil Cake

Lemon Olive Oil Cake

This cake saved me this summer, not in that critical and dramatic way one usually gets saved, but I made it a few times over summer and it felt like a little victory every time it came out perfectly. It made life deliciously easy.

It’s one of those cakes that looks like a bit of work, but it really isn’t – it’s a breeze to make and it turns out spectacular every time!

I collected a few teas during my vacation, I stayed across the street from the oldest tea house in Paris.

I knew I’d need lots of tea to get me through the damp grey autumn and winter months ahead; I had these intoxicating images of cold rainy afternoons curled up with aromatic cups of tea with generous slices of this cake.

Lemon Olive Oil Cake

Lemon Olive Oil Cake

I try to use mild and fruity olive oils that taste smooth for this cake, and Meyer lemons if I can find them, although I’m beginning to love the bold flavours of regular lemons.

I love the sweet lemony flavours. It’s the perfect everyday cake for breakfast or afternoon tea, and light enough as a refreshing dessert (after a heavy meal) with whipped cream and fruit.

This is one of my favourite cakes just because it’s simple, rustic and delectable with wonderful crumb and texture.
We’ve been collecting a list of cakes for our would-be café for years and this definitely makes the cut.

Lemon Olive Oil Cake Lemon Olive Oil Cake
Lemon Olive Oil Cake


Lemon Olive Oil Cake

Quinoa, Lentil, Carrot and Fennel Salad

Quinoa, Lentil, Carrot and Fennel Salad

I’d forgotten how much I love this time of the year. I love that stillness in the mornings that wasn’t there weeks before and the breezy cool sunny days.

It’s this time of year too that I start yearning for my favourite ‘comfort meals’ again; maybe it’s the cool evenings or the insight that we’re about be plunged into cold dark nights, but there’s something about this time that has me craving big hearty salads and soups.

Quinoa, Lentil, Carrot and Fennel Salad

I love lentils… sometimes to a point of silliness; I swear I could eat lentils for breakfast, lunch and dinner without complaint – it’s pretty evident from the amount of lentil recipes I have on this blog.

I love this time of year for salads like this wonderful quinoa and lentils with vegetables, it’s comforting, hearty and filling, and comes together quickly.

I’m all about easy to prepare meal; especially during this time when there’s still light out to bring dinner down to the beach or eat out on the balcony.

Quinoa, Lentil, Carrot and Fennel Salad Quinoa, Lentil, Carrot and Fennel Salad
Quinoa, Lentil, Carrot and Fennel Salad

This is a well-rounded salad that can be adapted to include your favourite vegetables and legumes; use peas instead, or carrots or roast your fennel first for caramelized sweetness – I did this a few weeks ago.

I usually precook the lentils and quinoa and store them in the fridge, and reheat them when I’m ready to make the salad.

I use whatever vegetables I have on hand; with this salad it’s shaved fennel, carrots, red onions and sundried tomatoes, finished off with a tangy mustard vinaigrette.

I make plenty so there’re leftovers for the rest of the week because I love this salad more after a day or two, it gets even more wonderful when the ingredients have had a chance to get to know each other better.

Quinoa, Lentil, Carrot and Fennel Salad

Quinoa, Lentil, Carrot and Fennel Salad

Oven Baked Marmite Cashews

Oven Baked Marmite Cashews by Elsa Brobbey

I’ve probably told the ‘marmite story’ a million times, of how my sister was anaemic when we were kids and marmite was one of the foods her doctor had recommended… It’s the story of how the dark spread came into my life.

I don’t recall liking marmite that much as a child; my mom would spread it thinly on toast and we’d eat it like it was medicine.

Years later when I tried marmite again, it tasted salty and savoury and bitter, and a little like nostalgia.
It grew on me halfway through the jar; I liked the salty savouriness, the yeasty, deep umami flavours reminiscent of reduced vegetable stock (vegetable demi-glace).

Oven Baked Marmite Cashews by Elsa Brobbey Oven Baked Marmite Cashews by Elsa Brobbey

We’re steadily eating our way through the few jars of marmite we got last year, it’s mostly my mom, she likes a dab in her morning Milo or hot chocolate.

I was over the moon when I discovered marmite snacks, we can’t get them here unfortunately so that just means I have to be creative.

I’ve been making marmite-y nuts for a while now, these nuts are so tasty even marmite haters love them, marmite adds an extra depth of saltiness and savouriness to the roasted nuts.

And these oven baked marmite cashews spectacular, by far my favourite marmite nuts; the cashews turn out creamy and buttery, and salty and that addictive umami taste – It’s so hard to stop eating them!

Oven Baked Marmite Cashews by Elsa Brobbey

Oven Baked Marmite Cashews by Elsa Brobbey Oven Baked Marmite Cashews by Elsa Brobbey


Oven Baked Marmite Cashews by Elsa Brobbey


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