Bruschetta with Pesto, Tomatoes and Mozzarella

Poor ickle blog. No posts for ages. Bad Becka. But here is a quick, easy and tasty end of work feed me now recipe to get me back into the blogging groove again…

For 2 people you need:
1 garlic ciabatta
1 tub fresh green pesto
1 pack mozzarella
1 cup baby plum tomatoes, cut in to quarters
1 red onion, finely diced
handful fresh basil leaves

Bake the ciabatta in the oven according to the instructions. Meanwhile mix the onions with the tomatoes and 2/3 of the pesto. Once the bread is cooked, place the pesto onion and tomato mix on the bread, top with the cheese and basil leaves. Drizzle over the remaining pesto and season with black pepper. Eat with your fingers and sigh with pleasure…

Garlicky Aubergines and Tomatoes with Pesto (v)

I had an aubergine to use up, and vaguely remember Rick Stein starting a recipe off by sauteeing aubergine in olive oil till soft and then adding garlic so this is a variation on that theme. I served it with cous cous cos time was of the essence but it would have equally have been nice with bread, pasta or bulghar wheat.

For 2 portions you need:
1 aubergine, chopped into small dice
3 cloves garlic, crushed
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp pesto
1 tin chopped tomatoes
pinch salt and pepper
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp red wine vinegar
1/3 cup cous cous
1/4 tsp vegan stock powder
2/3 cup boiling water

Begin by frying the aubergine in the oil. Season (the salt will help to draw out the juices and speed up the cooking process). Once the aubergine is soft and golden (about 10 mins) add the garlic and cook for a further 2-3 mins, taking care not to burn the garlic. Add the pesto, tomatoes, sugar and vinegar. Cook for a further 5 mins or so till slightly thickened. Meanwhile place the cous cous and stock in a bowl and cover with the boiling water.

Pasta with Peas and Pesto

Or the three p’s… I’d had a really long day yesterday and a really long commute and needed something ultra fast to fuel me and soak up the LARGE glass of wine I downed upon arrival home 😉

For one hungry person you need:
100g spaghetti
1/3 tub fresh pesto
1/2 cup frozen peas

Cook the pasta. 3 mins before it’s done add the peas to the water. Drain. Toss through the pesto. Eat. Smile. Relax.

Pizza Express-esque Bruschetta

I am addicted to this. Every time I go to Pizza Express I order it. I worry it will get boring, or taste different but every time it hits the spot… This version is not the same. I swear they must add crack or heroin to their pesto, but it’s a good substitute all the same.

For 2 greedy portions you need:
1 garlic flat bread (either one each or 1 large one to cut in half)
1/2 tub good quality fresh pesto either home made or premium brand
2 ripe tomatoes
1 small red onion
pine kernels

Heat the garlic bread. Meanwhile chop the tomato and onion. Place in a mixing bowl and add the 1/2 of the pesto. Mix gently. When the garlic bread is done, place on a plate and top with the tomato/onion/pesto mixture, dropping teaspoons of the extra pesto on to the bread. Scatter over some pine kernels and scoff.