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Tuscan Pesto

Posted: April 10, 2009 in Appetisers, Italian food, Vacation

Sun is out. It is so great to see it again, I thought it just disappeared,  melted in its own heat, ran away from me… I don’t know what happened exactly, but the SUN is back in the sky and makes me feel great, ready for SUMMER. Along with summer comes a lot of time spent outside, but best of all – vacation. Oh, yes. And this year is about to be a very special year. Plans are done, we just need to book our tickets.

The title says a lot about the country where we’ll stop first, Italy. To be more specific, Rome – where else, right?  To be continued…

Now, here’s a recipe I found in one of my magazines. It says that the best accompaniment is Baguette Flatbread, a recipe that will follow shortly.


1/3 cups pine nuts ( love them!!!)

1/4 cup packed walnut halves (love them, too!)

5 large bunches of fresh basil leaves

3 cups loosely packed fresh Italian parsley, large stalks removed

2 large cloves garlic, roughly chopped

3 oz Parmigiano Reggiano, grated

3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 tbsp white wine vinegar

1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Spread pine nuts and walnut halves on baking sheet; toast in oven for about 3 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool before chopping roughly.

Wash and dry basil and parsley. Place as much basil and parsley in food processor as possible before adding pine nuts, walnuts, garlic and cheese. Pour in 1/2 cup of the olive oil and the white wine vinegar.; pulse, adding more herbs and more oil as volume decreases. Don’t overprocess. The pesto should have some texture and not be completely smooth. Add more oil if too thick. Taste and salt, if necessary, before transferring to serving bowl.

TIP : The pesto will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for three to four days or in the freezer for up to two months.The top layer will turn darker; just mix it in.

Bon apetit!
















































































This year was our fourth vacation in Cuba and the first me and my sister planned and really went together, with our families, of course. It was fun, because we tried another resort. For now, this is the third one. And you know what, they all have their own personality, depending very much on the management and people that are working in it. So far, I would still go for The Grand Playa Turquesa, where we had the inspiration to go twice, but things changed dramatically with our last visit and we’ve decided to go back to Las Brisas in October.

Temperatures were beautiful and first thing we used to do every morning after the shower was to put the sunblock spray on. I am not a big fan and the fact that I would have to wear something sticky on my skin doesn’t attract me at all, so didn’t use it much on me. Kids are used to it and for them I am more afraid than I am for myself. My sister, though, who never had a sun burn in her life, she got burnt this time. She had 3rd degree burns on her back, exactly where the spray was applied. Painful and painful… I stopped using the spray and will most probably go with the lotion from now on even for kids.

Nights in the resort are nice. There was a show every evening and the entertainers are real professionals. They gave me the chance to entertain, too. With the help from a cuban dancer I won 2nd prize in the dance contest. The night after the dancing contest my sister was invited to participate in the Miss Las Brisas contest. She won the third prize, my beautiful sister. We both made it to top 3. Nice memories.

Our first generation kids and our husbands spent a lot of time together. Lucky them. They left us the beauty of taking care of our second generation kids that can be pretty annoying sometimes. Anyway, more than the first generation. At some point we decided to bring them to the daycare. It took us a few days to really go and try to deposit them there. They were happy to go, we were happy to leave them there, everybody was happy with the idea but the caregiver. She was not in the mood for taking care of our kids and gave us a lecture about the resort’s law that says that only kids 4 years old and plus are allowed. That was very bad news. We were ready to tip her big time, but she was made it sound and clear that we had no other choice but leave.

Montréal, Trudeau Airport, June 8th, 2008 – Customs  A young lady, around 25-28 years old is welcoming us with : “It’s disgusting. ( I was wondering if she was talking to us, reffering to what?) The temps outside, it’s disgusting.” I felt relieved, she was talking about the 33 degrees Celcius that Montréal got for 2 days. Yep, after complainig 8 months a year that winter has no end, she was talking to me about the 33 with + liike if they were there for 8 months now and will never go away. And I was coming from +33, I was enjoying the same temps in Montreal, too.

Hasta la vista Holguin! See you back in October!

 Cuban sun, cuban food, cuban water, cuban dancing, cuban music, cuban drinks, cuban cigars, cuban spirit.

Have fun wherever you are!