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garlic scape pesto + pasta with fresh peas

July 13, 2015

hi!!!!! i don’t even know where to start. a lot has changed in the 6 months since i’ve last posted. i got a promotion at work, i moved into a beautiful new apartment, and probably most importantly, i went to europe for the first time.

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over the last half year (can you believe that’s how much time has passed?) i’ve gotten so caught up in the stress of work and day to day rat race life; i would have crazy long and hectic days at the office, and i would try and open up the blog late at night and start to write, but i would have nothing to say. blogging felt like a chore, and that’s never what i wanted it to feel like. it was never supposed to feel like work. what brought me inspiration was my recent trip to spain and france. and as cliche as it may be, it kind of made me take a step back and evaluate how i’m living my life. i’m also turning a quarter century very soon, and it’s got me feeling all reflective and old (the patch of grey hairs isn’t helping). in short, i’m taking a step back and i’m trying to live life more fully and with that comes more cooking and more writing – the two things that make me really happy.

so, without getting too sappy on everyone… welcome back, bitches! i’m feeling in love with food again and i can’t wait to share it with you all.

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on sunday i went to the small farmer’s market in liberty village and picked up a couple of things. the market is small, with only about 8 or so tents, but it’s literally a 1 minute walk from my apartment and the vendors are so lovely.

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i’ve been wanting to buy garlic scapes for a couple of weeks before they go out of season – and i was lucky enough that the market still had plenty when i went by. garlic scares are the stems and unopened buds of hard garlic – little cutie baby garlics! they have a mild, lightly sweet flavour and are vibrant green. i also love how unruly and crazy they look. the most natural thing to make with them was pesto – i could already taste it on fresh pasta and slathered on sandwiches.

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the pesto was lightly garlicky and a beautiful colour – i dumped it in a big pot of pasta and tossed it with peas, a squeeze of lemon juice and plenty of parmesan cheese and it was the perfect light dinner. the bunch of scapes i bought, along with a tiny handful of parsley from my herb garden made a substantial amount – i have plenty left over to eat on toast, on eggs, on sandwiches, on grilled chicken… i kind of want to eat it on everything.

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garlic scape pesto on pasta + fresh peas

1 bunch garlic scapes, trimmed
1 handful of parsley
1/2 cup good olive oil
1/3 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup pine nuts
fresh salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup fresh peas
freshly grated parmesan
squeeze of lemon juice
chill flakes (optional)

add all of the first set of ingredients to a food processor and pulse until smooth.

boil a large pot of gerenously salted water, cook pasta of choice to al dente (orcchiette pasta or shells would be lovely, they scoop up the most pesto goodness), drain pasta, leaving about a tablespoon of pasta water, and add back to the pot

add about 1/2 cup fresh shelled peas, 2 tablespoons (or more!) of garlic scape pesto, and squeeze of lemon juice and toss pasta to coat. add chilli flakes if using and additional fresh ground salt and pepper to taste.

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top with freshly grated parm and voila! add as much or of little of all the ingredients as you want – a little extra lemon for a fresher flavour, or more chilli flakes for a nice kick.

missed you guys, thanks for reading xo

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