I don’t think I’ll ever tire of talking about how much value going to the Food & Wine Blogger Indaba brought me. Not just the knowledge I gained, or the loot I garnered, but also the new friendships I forged. One such relationship is with Candice and Kathleen at Pesto Princess; these girls’ joie de vivre and generosity is inspirational.

My apron, crisp denim prettily embroidered with lime green, and some sample product were delivered (thanks to the kindness of Ilorna at La Marina Foods) and I am having the most fun experimenting. (And tasting, yum!)

Do you want an apron too?

Tell me what ingredient you think I should use to make a dish that will pair well with Pesto Princess Rocket and Walnut Pesto. On Friday night, I will print your comments on pieces of paper and put them into a hat and my husband will draw a winner, who will be sent an apron from the folks at Pesto Princess in Cape Town.

Easy as that!



Disclaimer: I am not employed by, or being paid, by Pesto Princess.




80 Comments Add yours

  1. nzwaa says:

    New Look! 🙂

  2. I love pesto mixed into penne pasta…lots…. So that the pasta is almost green-haha… With olive oil, fried onions, black pepper and halfed cherry tomatoes. When about to serve- some fresh basil finishes it off beautifully.
    That goes so well with lamb chops.
    And of course- some vino!!
    (I need a denim apron…..xx)

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’re making me drool, bokkie!

  3. over grilled veggies w some protein of your choice on the side – like tofu or chicken.

    disclaimer: i’m sure they wish they did employ u.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Not as much as I wish 🙂

  4. suzicate says:

    Pasta, garlic, tomatoes, and a creamy cheese…but what do I know…I eat more than I cook…I just want a new apron!!!!!! One thing I do know for certain is that whatever you decide is going to be delish…and I’d rather just live closer to eat your food than to actually have the apron!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh, I would LOVE to have you over for a meal, suzicate!

  5. slpmartin says:

    Thinly slice Brazilian Oak Planked steak with a side of grilled Portabella mushrooms.

    1. theonlycin says:

      That sounds good, Charlie, not sure I’d find a Brazilian Oak Plank though 😉

  6. Colleen says:

    WOW! You have a new look blog 🙂 I am crazy about those two ladies at Pesto Princess. And absolutely very generous in every kind of way.

    1. theonlycin says:

      They are the loveliest people 🙂

  7. Pseu says:

    A great favourite for quick and easy lunch here with my boys is ‘all the ps’
    pesto, pasta and peas, a little parmesan sprinkled and maybe some peperoni

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ah, I like the ps idea 🙂

  8. colonialist says:

    Out of my vast store of culinary knowledge I dredge the possibility that it might transform that old standby, the macaroni cheese?

    1. theonlycin says:

      No doubt about it, Col 🙂

  9. souldipper says:

    Seriously, Cin, I don’t expect this comment to qualify for the contest, but I know I would love to put that on an egg dish.

    1. theonlycin says:

      mmmm … a nice bowl of buttery scrambled eggs … yum!

  10. Blog looks great, Cindy! Pesto….simply heavenly. I love pesto toast, had it at someone’s trendy wedding once. But not being a foodie, I’ll just sit back and nick everyone else’s recipes, passing them shamelessly of as my own to my mother.

  11. The last picture it reminds me of the pakistani dish, “Haleem”

    1. theonlycin says:

      I will have to Google that, thanks Nabeel 🙂

  12. Yvette says:

    Love the new look you. Pesto Princess Rocket would flavour chicken filets spread with a piece of ham, pesto, chopped sun dried tomatoes and rolled into involtinos! Try the walnut pesto tossed through a crisp salad served with pear and goats cheese or even blue vein…Oh my imagination is going wild.!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oooh Yvette, great ideas!!!

  13. nrhatch says:

    Pesto, pasta, asparagus, chopped tomatoes, goat cheese, and a sprinkling of parmigiana regiano. Yum!

    And wine . . . in a glass. {{clink}}

    Glad you’re enjoying your new apron and all the fun pesto goodness.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Love the way you think, Nancy *clink*

  14. nursemyra says:

    Use it to stuff cherry tomatoes

    1. theonlycin says:

      Excellent idea, I am going to do that!

  15. Toss it in a cold pasta salad with fruit. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Novel thinking, Carol 🙂

  16. libraryscene says:

    Ingredient~ Sauvignon Blanc 😉 Sorry, rather clueless about pesto, but had to say I like the new, clean lines!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sauvignon Blanc, yes, you clever thing 🙂

  17. This is such a fun idea and thrilled that it is not limited to SA. 😀

    Stirred through gnocchi and warm butter.
    Add to roasted roma or cherry tomatoes with crumbled feta.
    Add to a vinaigrette dressing sprinkled over a warm shrimp salad.
    Serve with a steak, baked spuddy and sour cream.

    Again, love your new look.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Some great suggestions, Mandy, thanks and good luck 🙂

  18. Tandy says:

    I think you should make Gorgonzola ravioli and serve that with the awesome rocket and walnut pesto 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      *considers buying a pasta machine*

      1. Chantelle (JustMe) says:

        I want one too 😦

        It’s nearing the top of my kitchen wish list!

      2. theonlycin says:

        *Wonders what Our Alice will do if there’s tons of pasta hanging on her washing line*

  19. Pasta with chicken and Pesto & Walnut Cream, maybe some sun dried tomatoes, you reduce the cream right down, the pesto & Walnut becomes intense with the yummy pesto & walnut flavour, top with fresh shavings of parmesan cheese and serve. 🙂 YUM!

    I’m so happy this comp is open to everyone. Hope your having a wonderful day.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Now you’re talking, Chef 🙂

  20. I would like to see a nice fresh grilled fillet of Dorado nestled on a bed of boiled baby new potatoes dressed with Pesto Princess Rocket & Wallnut Pesto ….. and George Clooney pouring me an ice cold glass of Neil Ellis Sauvignon Blanc …. on a beautiful autumnal day in Paternoster … as my heaving …. OK I’LL STOP NOW ……

    1. theonlycin says:

      George Clooney … OK, now I have that picture you painted firmly entrenched on the brain. I’ll be useless for the rest of the day. Thanks 😉

  21. Count Czardas says:

    Congrats on the new look.

    Pesto is best really fresh and simply folded into pasta, with lots of black pepper added.
    Or alternatively you could make some lovely fettucine, buy some crisp white wine and invite Count Czardas around for dinner. M’mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Come along then, Tsar, drive safely mind …

  22. Tilly Bud says:

    I don’t have a recipe but if you include peppers and sprouts, I’m in!

    Bet you thought I was going to say ‘Maltesers’…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, LOL, I did expect you’d come up with a Maltesers recipe 🙂

  23. Tilly Bud says:

    Forgot to say – love the makeover.

  24. Wow! What mind-boggling responses! I LOVE how positive and “food-inspirational” you all are! Going to jot down all your ideas and try them out!!

    Enjoy the creativity the competition will coax from you! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m also jotting down these comments to try out 🙂

  25. Count Czardas says:

    I forgot to add halved cherry tomatos and fresh basil leaves, but I see my naked bokkie already added them to her reply. Or should that read mynakedbokkie ?

    1. theonlycin says:

      We just call her bokkie 🙂

  26. Chantelle (JustMe) says:

    Pesto Princess Prawns panfried with mushrooms and sugar snap peas, served on buttery mashed potatoes!

    1. theonlycin says:

      That sounds just fabulous!

  27. bandsmoke says:

    Loving the new look – very snazzy 🙂 Now you know I’m the most boring cook on the planet so will have to be deathly dull and go for a plate of freshly cooked home made fettucini with your delish pesto and shavings of glorious parmesan from our local deli! How fab is Tandy’s cake thingummie from your post yesterday – so delicate and beautifully made 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Isn’t it lovely? I am dead chuffed with it 🙂

  28. I like the new look Cin 🙂
    I am no good with cooking, but I think if you covered Old Spouse in pesto, there might be explosive fireworks in your kitchen 😉 hehe

    1. theonlycin says:

      Naughty, naughty MTM 😉

  29. Tammy McLeod says:

    Nursemyra beat me to the punch so rather than cherry tomatoes, I”ll settle for spreading it with very full fat St. Andres cheese on thinly sliced ciabatta. Can you post a rocket walnut pesto recipe?

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ve been eating a LOT of toast and cheese with the pesto. (And I very much doubt Pesto Princess will share their secret recipe with us *wink*)

  30. Tes says:

    I love the new look 🙂
    When I see your pesto, I just wanna scoop it up with some homemade beef jerkies 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Now there’s something I haven’t thought of doing 🙂

  31. Kathleen says:

    Pesto Princess bowled over by the creativity and enthusiasm on this site! I am now ravenous after reading all these comments. A big, green, pesto-flavoured thank you to you ALL.

    1. theonlycin says:

      And a great big apron-clad thanks right back at you 🙂

  32. Mary says:

    I would thin the pesto and use it as a marinade for lamb chops or flank steak. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, Mary, I am so going to try your lamb marinade suggestion!

  33. thysleroux says:

    Love pesto.
    One one occasion the wife lured me towards the kitchen sink with pesto.
    ‘Do the dishes…then eat’

    T’was a fair trade!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ha! You have a very clever wife 😉

  34. Corina says:

    I have Pesto Princess in my fridge every week! Try it with smoked chicken bits mixed into pasta shells (I love using the shells because the pesto and chicken bits cuddle up inside them so nicely). Garnish with rocket leaves and walnuts.

    PS for a quick snack try thickly sliced french loaf covered with cream cheese, roma tomato slices, generous grinds of salt and black pepper topped with the girls’ basil pesto. Devine!

    1. theonlycin says:

      *goes off to buy a French loaf*

  35. adeeyoyo says:

    Love the new look! Crumbed creamy feta should go down well with the pesto.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m sure it would, adee 🙂

  36. Anita Sinclair says:

    Besides being a vital ingredient in many of my pasta dishes, I use Princess Pesto as an alternative to garlic bread. A nice crispy french loaf – sliced at an angle, generously spread each slice with pesto and a slot in slices of mozzarella cheese. Wrap in tinfoil and warm in the oven until the cheese has melted – yummy!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh my, that does sound divine, thanks Anita 🙂

  37. Naomi says:

    Gorgeous – the apron & the food! Now I have to snoop around and see what else the Indaba delivered 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      It really was a value-packed Indaba 🙂

  38. Jamie Dedes says:

    Cute apron. Soup tempting … as it should be! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      That soup was golden goodness 🙂

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