Basil Pesto Spaghetti

A few weeks ago I bought some plants to test out my green fingers, I’m glad to say that my herbs are flourishing and are in abundance.

I needed to find a way to use up all my basil after harvesting them and what I came up with was delicious, wholesome and easy. I found the main idea from a recipe book and added some of my own as I went along.

To start off with a picked my basil, added a few rosemary sprigs and mint.

Then I washed and tossed it into the blender with the other ingredients while I boiled the spaghetti on the side and in 10 minutes we had a meal.

The ingredients I used:

2/3 cup of herbs (basil with bits of mint and rosemary)

4 Tbsp pine nuts -they are sooooo yummy but pricey 😦

1/4 cup of olive oil, I used a little more so that the whole wheat spaghetti didn’t taste dry

himalayan salt

2 Tbsp garlic

Blend all the above

I then added some grated Parmesan, other cheese (I had white cheddar) and pepper according to taste

I Threw the pesto mixture over the drained spaghetti, tossed until it was well mixed

It didn’t need to be heated or cooked on the stove since the spaghetti was still warm. (So I guess this could be considered nearly raw)

And this was the end result just before it was gobbled up 🙂

Vegetable Qinuoa Lasanga

I had lots of tomatoes and Zuccini and needed to put them to good use. My cupboard also always has quinoa which can be added to almost anything for extra super protein.

So this is what I used:

1 onion

few (4) garlic cloves

1 tray mushrooms

red pepper

3 zuchinnis

4 tbsp qinuoa (slighlty pre cooked in water)

about 3 -4 tomotoes

Spices: Green chiili crushed, coriander, salt and pepper

Herbs: Fresh basil, parsely

1 small tub ricotta cheese (labneh)

1 egg

Lasagna sheets

How I made it:

Braised my onions slices in some coconut oil, I added the garlic (thinly sliced) and let that braise until it was transparent

Then I added all my chopped up veggies and qinuoa excluding the tomato

I added spices accordingly- we like it a bit spicy

Blended my tomato separately and then added it to the veggies

I then switched off the stove and sprinkled in the dry and fresh herbs I had

In a separate bowl I whisked up the ricotta cheese, and egg

I then layered my Pyrex dish with the veggies, lasagna sheets and cheese mixture layer by layer ensuring that the lasagna was well covered in veggies and sauce.

I sprinkled with some cheese and popped it into the over.

It was yummy 🙂

 

Vegetarian restuarant in the city

I noticed this place a few times but never went in until yesterday. I wish I had tried it sooner? And now that I found it I will be going there more- It was really good.

It is close to the Heritage souk, Mubarikiyya, and behind this are some lovely antique and traditional shops.

Its a modest little place, but the ambeince in the place is really quite good. What struck me the most were the portraits of Mahatma Ghandi, and on each portrait was a small saying by him. His words of wisdom are so profound, very thought provoking if you internalize each one. Maybe that’s why I like the place, even though their food was great too, and very reasonably priced.

Quotes on the wall:

You must be the change you wish to see in the world- Ghandi

The weak can never forgive- Ghandi

An eye for an eye makes the world blind- Ghandi

My greatest weapon is mute prayer- Ghandi
Hatred can be overcome only by love-Ghandi

We ordered a paneer dish which is similar to ricotta cheese in a curry and a mushroom curry, both were outstanding. The bread was freshly made and soft and the watermelon juice was sweet (no added sugar) and yummy. My husband later ordered a masalah chai and in total our bill was about 5 KD altogether.

If you decide to venture out into the city, and especially to Mubarikiyya I highly recommend you stop by and have a bite.