Thursday, October 20, 2011

seafood pasta with pesto cream sauce

It had been one of those days and we were all feeling a little blah.  Dinner needed to be something that would fill us and cheer us up at the same time.  Pasta came to mind as being the perfect comfort in a bowl.  Q was up for pasta, especially when he got to pick out what shape he wanted.  After much deliberating at the supermarket, he finally settled on the rotini.

I had a jar of pesto that my sister had brought back for me from Cinque Terre, a little town on the Italian Riviera.  I had been wanting to use it for a while and knew it would make the perfect sauce with some cream.  The addition of shrimp and fish along with some veggies made it a quick weekday meal which we devoured.  It was perfect with some french bread smothered in some boursin. 

Seafood Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce

3/4 cup whipping cream
3 tsp pesto
3 cloves garlic
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 pound shrimp
1 filet basa
olive oil

Saute shrimp, fish, garlic and tomatoes for 5 minutes.  Add cream and pesto and bring to a boil.  Turn down the heat and let simmer until cream thickens.  Season with salt and pepper.  Toss with your favorite pasta.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

brunch with foodies

Last Sunday, we enjoyed a fabulous brunch at Julie's house.  Charmian Christie, a food writer and blogger from Ontario, was in town and Julie graciously invited some local food bloggers for a potluck.   Julie has the best potlucks and this was another hit. 

Julie made some lovely scones which were amazing with clotted cream.  It was great seeing Vincci again and she made a very delicious deep dish french toast.  This is definitely something I will try making soon.  I finally met Dan for the first time.  I've been following him on twitter for so long, I feel like I've known him forever!  He made a quiche topped with roasted tomatoes.

It was fun to meet Pierre, author of Kitchen Scraps.  As promised, he brought something roasty and toasty - welsh rarebit, and something jiggly and fruity - a gelatin infused with lemon verbena and loads of berries.

Gwendolyn made a very yummy glazed applesauce cake.  It was great meeting Wendy from Yelp who brought a delicious baked oatmeal dish.  My friend Cheryl brought a tomato crisp as well as some chocolate tonka bean scones. Both were amazing!

Along with some mini egg cups, I brought some coconut cake pops.  This is my new venture as Sweet Somethings by Food Mamma.  These aren't the traditional cake pops of crumbled cake and icing made into balls.  These are pure balls of delicious cake.  I was a bit nervous bringing these to some food aficionados. 

Thanks for another great potluck Julie!

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