Shoot the pesto!

Every kitchen has numerous disaster stories. This could have been mine. 🙂 But it isn’t, otherwise I wouldn’t be blogging (bragging) about it.

So today I went to buy a few things from the local Asian store. Actually it’s the largest Asian market in Westchester county. They have a lot of interesting veggies, usually very fresh. Today, I picked a huge bag of what I thought was fresh basil, for just $1.99. I thought they were on sale. Anyway, I came home, put it away in the refrigerator. When I was thinking of what to make for dinner, I thought I will make pesto. Quick dinner in just 15 minutes. And my kids love pesto. Here is my previous post on Pesto.

I put the water for the pasta to boil, blanched and prepped the almonds, then reached for the bag for the basil. Wasn’t basil at all, but a strange, crispy, on the vine, greens. Turns out they were pea shoots. I actually had to look ’em up. Apparently, they are quite a delicacy. They are used the stir fry, dumplings etc.

I tasted a leaf, it tasted more or less like spinach, not bitter at all. So I figured, what the heck, let me make pesto. And I did. Picked off the leaves from the stem, and made pesto (same as the recipe I’ve given earlier, only substitute basil with pea shoots). Mixed up with rotelle (which is my kids latest favorite shape) and served dinner. Big hit! Tastes awesome.

I still have half the bag of pea shoots left. May be I will make stir fry tomorrow. And the next time, I will actually look for these in the market.


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