A sideline project for an IT guy who likes to cook

Dust & Pesto

Everywhere we look there is a thin layer of dust, barely visible in the air but I can feel it.  I lift the coffee pot off the ceramic hob, its been sat there patiently since breakfast to be included in the evenings washing up.  There is a ring, a nice clean circle surrounded by dust.  It confirms what we are feeling and seeing.  My wife has that habit of running a finger along something to call out how dusty things are.  I just nod, it’s annoying me just as much.  I’m in that place of acceptance that this is what comes with having a bathroom re-fitted and trades in the house.

We mop and sweep at the end of each night just in an effort to create a sense of normality.  To be able to walk through the hall without kicking up more dust and transporting it to the rest of the house.  However, I know it’s made it up the stairs, into the study, where I’ve been hiding whilst the drilling, bashing, crashing has been going on.  The tell tale signs are there when the monitors go dark, the dust staring at me, taunting me.  I swear this is the last big thing we are going to do in this big old house!

Wild garlic and fresh oregano appeared in the veg box this week.  I feel a pesto and some sort of tomato sauce coming on in my head.

The pesto was easy to make, and now I’m left thinking what to serve it with.  A Brie and Bacon style toastie or perhaps a nice slice of Cod with a drizzle of the pesto.  I feel I now need to do some shopping!

Another Celeriac, big and gnarly is also there.  A small red cabbage, sweet potatoes and a cauliflower….the mind teasers for the weekend of what to do ever present, forcing me to think out the box.  It’s a nice problem to have.

Made a trip to the Osteo this week, which gave me the final push to track down the MRI scan on my hip from last year.  No back cracking until I produce the paperwork.  Still it was another step into trying to stop the decay on this aching desk constrained IT manager.

The weekend looks bright and sunny, but still a nip in the air….the mountains are calling but we aren’t quite there yet, it’s coming and I’ve already got my sights on the first Munro’s of the season.  Ben Wyvis and Gael Charn for when the time comes.

Time is short this week, I’m determined to make the rounds though to check in with the other shares and apologies for missing you last week.

The #WeekendCoffeeShare is an informal weekly link-up hosted by Natalie the Explorer that serves as weekly heart beat and sort of of a mind-dump. Helps me reflect on my week, with a list of achievements, thoughts and rambles normally whilst drinking a beverage probably listening to music.

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  1. larry trasciatti

    The food must be fab. Good luck with your hip

    • akeerie

      Thank you

  2. Susanne

    That pesto looks amazing! The wild garlic is n bloom here and it grows everywhere so perhaps I should make some myself!

  3. Thistles and Kiwis

    Lovely to have the veg box conundrum! Celeriac is really good mixed with potato for a topping for a cottage pie. I’m going food shopping today and looking out for autumn treats like feijoas, apples, pears, aubergine, courgettes. Still lots of avocados about too (all local New Zealand grown so zero Guardianista guilt here!). Hope your dust clears soon!

    • akeerie

      Like the idea of a cottage pie. Thanks for that suggestion. I’m trying not to long for those autumn treats just now!

  4. Gary A Wilson

    The makings of a good red pasta sauce – I’m there. Especially since they included a cauliflower. Easily one of my favorite veggies. I know there are all kinds of exotic things one can do with it. but chopped into bite-size chunks then steamed only until just starting to turn soft, then covered with that good and handy red pasta sauce – and you’re half way to heaven without even being dead.

    • akeerie

      Love it Gary, you should work in sales for Cauliflowers. I’m with you, very underrated.

  5. Jo

    I must confess to feeling a little envy about the wild garlic. It’s something we don’t get here yet my email is full of the recipe newsletters I subscribe to making fabulous things from it. I can only dream. Wishing you a great dust-free weekend.

    • akeerie

      Thanks Jo, I know what you mean about the newsletters, and the magazines. I was really surprised when it showed up with the hard core root veggies.

  6. Melis

    There’s nothing like fresh produce to inspire you to think outside the box. I trust that whatever you come up with in the coming days, it will be divine. Hope you have a great weekend!

    • akeerie

      Good food comes from good ingredients….just hope I do the food justice. Does make me think on my toes every week to use stuff up.

  7. Janet Alcorn

    Pesto with cod is an interesting idea! I don’t know why, but I never thought of pairing pesto with fish. I have a bunch of basil pesto in the freezer–will need to get cracking on a good fish dinner.

    • akeerie

      The boss thought I was a bit crazy to begin with, I think it went well though!

  8. Ju-Lyn

    I feel you on the dust … unfortunately, I empathise all too well, and we aren’t even renovating our bathroom. It’s just part of living amidst a construction zone (they’ve been constructing a underground Mass Rapid Rail plus overground station around us) for the past 5 years. Hopefully, your dust sitch will improve soon with the completion of your works.

    You have such interesting ideas for your pesto … We ever only use ours for pizza & pasta. Next time we make salmon ….

    • akeerie

      You have my sympathy….that would drive me crazy! When I asked the plasterer to use the hose pipe in the garden rather than come into the kitchen he was a bit put out, but I was glad when these big plumes of pink dust danced on the air. Fortunately the neighbours had no washing out or I would have been in big trouble.

      • Ju-Lyn

        Goodness! it’s tough to know when folks will get in a strop … but sometimes one has to put one’s foot down …

    • akeerie

      I like the idea of a pizza topping! Next time I make a pizza….!

  9. Natalie

    That pesto looks so good and your menu plan sounds delicious. Take care of your health, especially when your body/ hip is sending you a message. I hope you have a great week coming up. Thank you for your weekend coffee share.

    • akeerie

      Thanks Natalie. I keep dipping into the pot, I don’t think it’s going to last long.

  10. Maria

    When is your renovation suppose to be finished? I can’t imagine living in a work place. I am always amazed of how people cope with that.
    Your veggie boxes sounds nice, are they delivered to your doorstep? There are a few farmer’s markets near my house that are wonderful. I believe they will start in April.
    I have some garlic greens at my balcony that I can eat right now. I also planted 8 large planters with different types of salad greens this weekend; kale, ruccola, salad mixes, and some more herbs. I planted them from seeds, as companion plants around my larger berry bushes, and trees. Some are just by themselves as well. Fingers crossed that it is warm enough during the night. Have a wonderful week ahead!

    • akeerie

      Renovation end time has been very vague! Aside from the initial few days I think we are being squeezed in around a bigger job. Plasterer due to finish today….so hopefully the dust will settle! Veggie box comes once a week to the doorstep. I like the surprise and the variety it brings. Also usually need to top up, but the box makes my brain work. Your seed exploits always impress me. I have a tray on the go as you know. I put them out in the sun the other day and forgot to bring them in. Monster of a hard frost that night. I think they have done ok. Thanks for saying hello.

  11. Kirstin

    Oh, I so understand the journeys of remodels, dust, and all that stuff. uggh. When we had our water loss last year I was so tired of loud fans running non stop. I relished the silence when we finally turned them off. I love homemade pesto. So good!!

    • akeerie

      Water loss does not sound good! These things are sent to test us!

  12. Jo

    That pesto looks the business. One of my jobs this afternoon is to pick the rest of the basil (even the self-seeded plants that have sprung up randomly after the rains) and turn it into pest. Have a great week.

    • akeerie

      Love the smell of basil, can’t wait for it to come back into season here.

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