Saturday, February 16, 2013

Two pasta pieces hugging and Winter Olympics in Vancouver - a card from Italy


Country: Italy
Place:  Saluzzo
Received: 09/02/2013
Distance: 1 776 km
Travelled: 14 days

Two pasta pieces hugging near a heart or basil pesto

This photo is made by Ermione from Italy and shows two pieces of pasta hugging warmly near a heart of basil pesto... Let's try the recipe!

[Simply Recipes,]

Classic, simple basil pesto recipe with fresh basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, Romano or Parmesan cheese, extra virgin olive oil, and salt and pepper.

Preparation time: 10 minutes


2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano cheese
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts
3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


1) Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. (If you are using walnuts instead of pine nuts and they are not already chopped, pulse them a few times first, before adding the basil.) Add the garlic, pulse a few times more.

2) Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the grated cheese and pulse again until blended. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Serve with pasta, or over baked potatoes, or spread over toasted baguette slices.

21st Winter Olympic Games “Vancouver 2010”

This stamp is dedicated to the 21st Winter Olympic Games “Vancouver 2010” and shows a skier in action during his performance. The five Olympic rings are top right.

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