Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Basil Pesto With Walnuts

          Basil is one of my favorite herbs, I just love it, be it fresh or dry. Like it as a topping on pizzas, or in a sandwich with cheese and tomatoes or in pasta and of course in the most delicious pesto. If you are not able to finish the fresh basil, the best way to use it is making a pesto with it. Pesto can be refrigerated safely at least for 2 to 3 weeks and can be used in the same way as fresh basil. You can use any nut of your choice like pine nuts, cashews, almonds or walnuts in it and the whole process takes about 10 mins..

Need To Have
  • Fresh Basil - 1 cup (liquid measuring cup)
  • Walnuts - 1/2 cup
  • Garlic - 2 cloves chopped
  • Olive Oil - 4 tablespoons
  • Parmesan Cheese - 2 tablespoons grated

          In a food processor, first crush the nuts, then add the garlic and basil. Blend it for a few seconds, then add the oil and the cheese, blend for some more time till everything comes together. Remove and store it in the refrigerator. Use it as a spread on bread, or on pizza and in your pasta.

I used only the leaves of the basil.
Adding salt is totally up to you, keeping it in mind that the cheese has salt in it.
Do not make a smooth paste, I used Kraft Parmesan Cheese Powder (reduced fat).

         Now for the awards that was passed on to me by my fellow bloggers, I should have done this long time back, but got postponed because of my laziness, but today I made up my mind to do this.

The Versatile Blogger Award has been passed to me again by Hemavathi, Chandrani, Viya, Lavanya and  Siris Food and Anjana.
The Leibster Blog Award from Chitra and Reshmi.

The Happy Blogger Award from Lavanya and the Inspirational Blog Award by Anjana.
     Thank you girls, please do visit their lovely spaces.
I've been tagged by Gayathri Anand of Kavithavin Kaivannam, thanks dear, the rules are as follows:
1. Post the rules.
2. Answer the questions set for you in the tagger's post and create new set of eleven questions.
3. Tag eleven people and link to them on your post.
4. Let them know you have tagged them.

Now to my answers
1. Introduce yourself
   I am Hema, currently staying in the United States with my wonderful husband and lovely daughter, I am from Pondicherry in India.
2. What's your favorite hobby or how do you love to enjoy your time?
   I love reading.
3. When it come to blogging, how supportive are your family members?
   As supportive as they can be, lettting me to sit long hours with my laptop, and of course waiting for the food till I finishing clicking my pictures.
4. What's is your fav. food?
   That'll be a long list, nothing pops in my mind, it's like a whole cloud of things, so let me say it as, anything vegetarian, I am game for it.
5. What inspired you to create a blog?
   If I say browsing other blogs, I should have started at least 5 years back, but to tell you the truth, this blog got started in the spur of a moment, nothing was planned, but now it has become an integral part of me.
6. How do u feel while u get an award /Tags from other blogger friends?
   Of course, very happy.
7. Talk about food photography..do you judge a recipe by the photo posted by the bloggers? and when searching for a recipe in a search engine like Google, do you look for just recipe or look by images?
    A good photo is a feast for the eyes, but I never judge a recipe by the photo. When searching for a recipe, I would like to see a picture, because it would be nice to see how the final product looks.
8. Have you tried recipes from other bloggers? What's the result?
    Yes, and till now no regrets.
9. How happy you will be in getting a comment for your recipe?
    As anybody else, very very happy, the comments are what keeps me going.
10. How about taking part in events hosted by other bloggers?
    I love to, and have been taking part as much as I could.

Now I would love to tag the following friends, Julie, Lavanya, Sojo, Reshmi, Reena Vimesh, Srimathi, Rasi, Swathi Iyer, Menaga, Rosh, Radha.
Since I loved answering Gayathri's questions, I am going to pass on the same set of questions, I hope it's not a problem.

Now for the awards that I got for participating in events.

Got this lovely E- book from Teenz' Yummy Delights and Good Food's Favorite Award for the Just '4' Fun event.
And also participation awards from Preeti for her Color N Sweet - Holi Fest event and also featured once at Food Corner for the Midweek Fiesta event.

             This post has become way too long, but it has been pending for a long time, and I have to thank all my friends for showering me with these awards, I hope I have not missed any. Thank You All So Much!
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  1. congrats on the awards.............lovely pesto...i love it too!......and really nice to read about you.

  2. Congrats on ur awards dear....Hey u from pondicherry,me too from the beautiful state...Nice to know about u Hema..In previous post,already i writ about me,thxs for tagging.Lovely n flavourful pesto....

  3. Lovely pictures and I especially like the green in the accessories too, they add to the dish. I can well imagine a sandwich with this filling. And I also notice I have been tagged. I will attempt with the next post. Thanks

  4. pesto looks good.... lovely clicks... and congrats on the award.... u deserve it and o yes, thanks for passing it on to me.... really means a lot to me... I will answer the questions as soon as I settle down.. Iam in the middle of a shifting... :)

  5. Awesome clicks Hema and congrats on your awards!! Thanks for the tag :-)

  6. Ur a perfect Helathy n tasty freak

  7. Congrats on your awards,yummy and healthy,looks superb.

  8. The pesto looks good.. love the walnut touch to it.. good to know more about you hema :) Thanks for tagging me!

  9. Pesto looks deliicious, love to try with some bread. Thanks for tagging me. Congrats on your award, wishing many more to come in your way.

  10. Pesto looks good.....Congrats for the awards...

  11. Looks very delicious and clicks are good too!!

    Happy to follow you..

  12. Congrats hema on your awards !! Keep rocking !! Pesto looks delightful and well-presented dear !!

    Ongoing event CC:Mom’s Recipe

  13. Please do link this for next month EP series with basil as herb,coming up for June..Don't forget:-)

  14. congratulations on all ur well deserved awards. the pesto looks yummy.

  15. congrats on all ur awards. pesto looks yummy

  16. lovely color of the pesto... yum..
    congrats on the awards..

  17. Delicious pesto and lovely pics.. Congratulaions on all your well deserved awards..wishing you many more to come :)

  18. COngratz on ur awards, looks colorful n healthy pesto...

  19. a big congo Hema for so many awards....the pesto looks delicious

  20. Very nice recipe and nice to see your answers which reveals more info about u.

  21. This pesto looks delicious,also like the idea of walnuts:)

  22. A very interesting pesto using basil and walnuts...Nice reading about you.

  23. Wat a super nutty and flavourful pesto,congrats on ur awards,glad to know more about u.

  24. Congrats on all those awards!! I have seen so many fellow bloggers post pesto at their space but I have never tried it EVER! I guess its time!

  25. congrats on all the awards.. Thanks for the tag :) .. will post soon.. lovely pesto.. have to try sometime
    Noel collections

  26. lovely recipe........congrats on all ur awards.....

  27. Congrats for the awards..and the Pesto looks colorful n lovely .

  28. Congrats!! for your awards and nice to know about you. Pesto looks great.

  29. nice getting to know more bout u :) congrats on the awards.. basil also is my fav herb.. the pesto looks fantastic!

  30. Apart from reading very interesting recipes on your blog, I really love the presentation, it's quite tidy and cute :)