GEORGE: Why do I get pesto? Why do I think I’ll like it? I keep trying to like it, like I have to like it.

JERRY: Who said you have to like it?

GEORGE: Everybody likes pesto. You walk into a restaurant, that’s all you hear – pesto, pesto, pesto.

(From Seinfeld episode: The Busboy)


George is right; everybody does love pesto and my own favourite is Pesto Princess. I was lucky enough to meet Kathleen Quillinan at the Food & Wine Blogger Indaba. Kathleen started Pesto Princess on a whim in her Cape Town kitchen some 12 years ago.  The Pesto Princess pestos are as near as can be to any homemade versions. I am told that some chefs divulge that Pesto Princess is their secret ingredient.

Now Pesto Princess have made me feel like a princess myself; they’ve given me my very own apron. That’s not all; they’re also sending me some of their product to experiment with AND they are going to give aprons to THREE of my readers! Watch this space next week for competition details.

The other news that has me dancing a jig is that, based on the cakes I made on Friday, the Art Buyer (at the ad agency where I spent the past 6 weeks) has asked me to supply the catering for a film shoot next week. This is a foot in the door, no; it is an enormous step towards fulfilling a lifelong dream of mine.

It’s uncanny, really, I am amazed my the constant stream of luck in my life. And I am grateful.


59 Comments Add yours

  1. luck? you’re going after what you were designed to do, what you love, what is congruent w your inner self, your self-care and naturally you are a genius. you were made this way but it takes very hard work to do what you were made to do well. rock-it cin. bless.

    1. theonlycin says:

      The power of Imago 🙂

  2. nrhatch says:

    When we move in the direction of our dreams, doors not only open . . . they appear out of “thin air.”

    Just start . . . and the way will appear.

    And Yay! That is Jolly Good News!

    1. theonlycin says:

      The older I get, the more I realise that everything happens for a reason.
      Truth 🙂

  3. deepercolors says:

    good luck with catering 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Caro 🙂 xxx

  4. linda says:

    Wonderful news. Can you believe I just discovered Pesto a few years ago? I love it too. Now.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hiya Linda, I’m trying to visit your blog, but when I click on your name I get an error message, wonder if it’s a problem with my service provider?

  5. Beadz2Pleaz says:

    All the best with the catering. There is an art to that and one has to be passionate about it and that you sure are. I don’t believe in luck, I believe in what is meant to be will be 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks so much 🙂

  6. Supa says:

    How exciting for you, what are you going to feed them?! I used my Princess Pesto in a pumpkin lasagne and I was very impressed with it.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am waiting for them to give me a budget. It is for breakfast and lunch 🙂

  7. Miss Chris says:

    You deserve it OC!!! Enjoy the ride and loooooong may it last!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks chris, keep your fingers crossed 🙂

  8. libraryscene says:

    Luck? Me thinks it’s just rewards 🙂 for pesto, dislike, but luv Seinfeld!
    …continued success, cheers~

  9. that is wonderful, now you have to learn how to fold down the back of your car 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hehehe, finally figured it out 😉

  10. souldipper says:

    Cin! Didn’t we have a little talk about this months ago? Yes!!!! You are on! Full on!

  11. Yvette says:

    The cakes did look divine and obviously to everyones tastebuds. Congrats for next weeks catering! You’ll do a great job, ***** rated! xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for the rating, Yvette {hug}

  12. Liane says:

    Wow! Wow! Wow! doing a little happy dance! That’s great news!! You never know what leads to the next thing, do you?

    1. theonlycin says:

      No, Lee, you never do 🙂

  13. Tilly Bud says:

    That’s GREAT news! Congratulations! But I suspect you’ve made your own luck.

    So pleased for you.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Tilly 🙂

  14. Leeswammes says:

    That is really good news, Cin. Especially the second part. Oh, doing catering! Good luck!

  15. Happy Dance, Happy Dance! What wonderful news for you. 🙂 Totally enjoy it!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am tremendously excited 🙂

  16. Tandy says:

    what amazing, fantastic news! I am so happy for you 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I knew you would be 😀 xxx

  17. *Doing the happy dance for you Cin* Keeping my fingers crossed and sending you lots of good vibes!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks my angel xxx

  18. How SPECIAL, Cindy – that’s fantastic! I can imagine how happy you feel and you so deserve to be. All your own work!
    Sunshine xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Sunshine 🙂

  19. slpmartin says:

    I was always taught “Luck is where preparation meets opportunity.” deserve all of this. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Bless you, Charlie 🙂

  20. granny1947 says:

    That is great news my friend.
    It is going to be seriously hard work.
    Will you have plenty of help?

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s a small crew, and all will be cold foods that I can prepare in advance. I have someone on standby if I need help, and if it becomes viable I have someone who wants to be my full-time assistant.

  21. leigh says:


    1. theonlycin says:

      hiphiphooray 🙂

  22. gospelwriter says:

    Wow, Cin, that is awesome news (though I doubt that luck had anything to do with it) – timely and well-deserved. Congratulations!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, Ruth 🙂

  23. Fabulous news, Cindy! Here’s to that foot in the door becoming something more! I love it when a door opens out of the blue..
    I also adore Seinfeld. You have such taste.

    1. theonlycin says:

      As do you, Kate 🙂

  24. nursemyra says:

    Does the Princess make a cashew and coriander version?

    1. theonlycin says:

      I will check and let you know.

  25. Mary says:

    Congratulations on the contract and good luck with its execution. You’ll do just fine. I’m new to your blog and have spent some time browsing through your earlier entries. You’ve created a lovely spot for your readers to visit. I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Mary, it’s always nice to make new friends 🙂

  26. Brilliant news Cindy! You and lady luck are becoming best buddies, going from strength to strength.
    Looking forward to hearing about all the fun of the film shoot and what you make them to eat.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m looking forward to it too, Mandy 🙂

  27. How wonderful to read all the loving & supportive comments, Cindy! You have marvellous readers; closer to friends, really!

    In reply to Supa’s comment; pumpkin lasagna sounds delicious! What a good idea to try pesto with it; which flavour did you use?

    And to nursemyra; Our Thai Pesto has coriander, and our exotics Chimichurri and Chermoula too, but no coriander & cashew at this time! Do you make one yourself? Sounds lovely!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for the visit, Pesto Princess, I am planning what to cook wearing my apron for the first time, with great excitement 😀

  28. That is brilliant!!!
    Those cakes did look divine…. and you know that place places much emphasis on food! Haha.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, I guess I’m just lucky 😉

  29. Jamie Dedes says:

    Congrats! The rewards of genius.

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