Thursday, March 16, 2006

rocket pesto on ciabata with grilled veggies

i picked up a big bunch of rocket (known as arugula in america) at borough market last weekend but hadn't used it all up in a salad like i had planned to. i was wondering what else to do with it before it withered away when i remembered reading in some cookbook or seeing on some food show that you can make pesto from rocket. so i put it all in a food processor with some left over basil, a clove of garlic, a handful of toasted pine nuts, lots of chilli oil, a handful of shaved parmesan, some sea salt and black pepper. the result was a spicy and sharp pesto which i spread over thin slices of toasted ciabata bread and enjoyed along with oven roasted veggies. a simple weekday dinner enjoy with a chilled glass of sancerre.

ps - i have to keep remembering that it takes only a tablespoon of olive oil to roast a lot of veggies as they release their own delicious juices in the process of getting roasted. i think i added more than one tablespoon in haste and so ended up having the veggies float in a bit in chilli infused oil. luckily i had lots of leftover bread to scoop it all up!


Anonymous Shvetha said...

Hi Lulu, Ever since I saw this one in the morning, been salivating..I sooo wish this was rt in front of me..the whole thg would be demolished in no time! Keep posting :-)

12:45 pm  
Blogger Kay said...

Looks yummy! I like those grilled veggies wrapped up in a lavash bread too.. :)

3:10 pm  
Blogger Lulu said...

thanks, shveta. hope i didn't make you too hungry :)

hi kay,
wrapping the veggies in lavash is a fab idea - thanks!

8:39 pm  

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