really new - something totally crazy - and realized that I actually liked it. It was in a little restaurant in Spain when I was 11 years old, and I had just, without realizing it, gobbled down several pieces of blood sausage.
Another time was my first time eating real Italian food at a little restaurant in Leicester Square in London when I was about the same age. I was complaining that I didn't like pasta (like I even knew!) so the waiter brought me spegetti with pesto, insisting I would love it. He was right - it rocked my world. I will never forget that simple little plate of noodles.
Since then I have fallen in love with food. I love sun-dried tomatoes, especially during the fall and winter when fresh tomatoes and the summer seem like such a distant memory. Walnuts, red wine and balsamic vinegar make this a very rich pesto that is hearty and satisfying. Mixed with some Parmesan cheese and tossed into pasta it makes a simple but delicious and easy meal. This makes a pretty large batch that I put up in the freezer - a jar will keep for several weeks in the fridge as well.
Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
150 grams (around 4 to 5 oz) Sun-Dried Tomatoes
chopped fresh basil (I just grab a small handful - maybe 2 tbs after its chopped)
chopped fresh oregano (ditto)
1 large clove garlic, chopped
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 of an onion, chopped
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 cup red wine
1/2 cup olive oil
Soak the tomatoes in water for about an hour or until they are nice and soft, then drain and coarsely chop.
In a food processor combine everything except the olive oil. Once combined, drip in the oil while the machine is running. Season with pepper as needed (or maybe salt - many sun-dried tomatoes are salted so the salt is unnecessary).
Will keep in the fridge for several weeks (take care to always use a clean spoon and keep it covered) or for several months in the freezer. I strongly encourage mixing Parmesan cheese into it upon serving (I don't do this to begin with to extend its shelf life and to keep it vegan just in case).
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