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Summer holidays, with a bare kitchen

We have been back at work for two weeks. Coming back from a holiday on the south coast of NSW, we slowly settle back into life in the city, our sun tans fade and I finally get that bit of sand out of the beach towel.

There was a ‘quiet gladness’ that comes from being immersed in the sea, sand and surrounding bushland. Here are some photos (some taken with our p+s camera, often with a phone), and two recipes at the end of the post.

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Jazzin’ it up: blue cheese pesto

It seems time passes more and more quickly every year.

Australia is traditionally known for its long summer holiday, and I still remember a time when the summer months were leisurely, humid, and never seemed to end. But this year, we are still working overtime in the week before Christmas and are already lining up meetings in January (haven’t people heard about the Mayan calendar?). When I got home on Friday, I wanted something quick that will be on the dinner table in 20 minutes flat.

20121216181423-630Enter blue cheese pesto.

Home made pesto is always more flavoursome than store bought. But, a bit of blue cheese can make the pesto that much more exciting when the parmesan cheese in our fridge is a bit ‘meh’ (and maybe not actually from Emilia-Romagna….).

Blue cheese, such as gorgonzola dolce, adds a lingering tangy depth of taste, and surprises the diner every time – in a good way of course.

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