Last Sunday I randomly walked into an Apple Store to book an appointment to fix my phone screen. I was sooo lucky that I could book an appointment on the same day, because usually the next availability would be at least a week away. So they booked me in, took my phone and asked me to come back in 2 hours to pick it up, I was thankful but then I thought … ummm, 2 hours with no phone?!
I don’t know why, but I couldn’t even go shopping without my phone. I felt very anxious about not being reachable, especially because my kids weren’t with me (or may be that was just an excuse). So I decided to wait for my phone inside the Apple Store and try this fastest iPad I keep hearing about, the ‘iPad Pro’ (not that I was dying to buy one or anything!), that way I would still be connected to the world through their super fast WiFi, just in case the world needed me so urgently. I know.. Sad, hey?
I straight away logged into my Facebook account and started chatting to my husband about the awesomeness of the iPad Pro. He was in such a good mood, that every time I’d mention an apple product to him, his response would be ‘get it babe’. I had to take advantage of that, and who wouldn’t? hehe .. He initially wanted me to buy myself an Apple Watch, but since he was in that mood, I went a little further and mentioned something about the desktops. He wasn’t turned off or anything which was a good sign! and then naturally, I started exploring the desktops. First I thought the 27 inch screen was huuuge, but then in less than 10 mins I got used to the size and I thought it was perfect for the amount of work I do on my computer. I loved the fact that the 27 inch screen could split in half, so it’s like having an extra monitor but on the same screen. I have been thinking lately about switching from my hp laptop, which I do all my blogging and photography editing on, to an iMac. I just needed some motivation to get out of my comfort zone. I have been told that it’s so easy to use an iMac, but I just had this fear of starting all over again, especially that I am a bit naive when it comes to technology. I was trying a few things on the iMac, but then I was called to pick up my phone. Gosh! Two hours went by so fast in there. I left the store without buying anything. I was very tempted though!
An hour later, I went to visit some friends and as soon as I walked into their house, their was the iMac 27 inch desktop sitting on my friend’s desk. I hadn’t seen it there before, but he said that he had bought it a while ago, I just hadn’t noticed it. Anyway, I told him that I was so close to buying one in the morning and that I really needed his advice. He is a photographer himself and he uses Adobe light room and photoshop regularly, he showed me a few features on his iMac, and that was it !!! Half an hour later my husband was ordering my first iMac online and guess what ?! It arrived yesterday, and I am using it right now to write this post. Woohoooo !!! it’s only been one day but I am in love already and cannot believe how easy it was to set it all up and get started!
The first thing I wanted to share with you on my new iMac, is this good looking pasta dish I made for dinner the other night. I had lots and lots of basil growing in my garden and looking really good, but it was time for a good trim, so I picked a fair amount of basil stems a few days ago and I couldn’t think of anything but making pasta with the best home made basil pesto ever! This recipe is a classic italian one which will never go out of fashion because it’s absolutely delicious. Plus, it is so simple to make, you basically add all ingredients to a small blender and then drizzle the olive oil while blending, and you are done!
I like to add a couple tablespoons of the pasta cooking water (I’ve learnt this from Italians) to the pesto before adding the cooked pasta, it helps the pesto to blend in with the pasta better. I also like to serve this dish with extra freshly grated parmesan cheese for a creamier taste.
You could possibly add a little cream to the pesto if you are looking for a richer taste, but I personally think the parmesan cheese is more than enough to satisfy your taste buds. I hope you enjoy this dish as much as my family and I do every time we make it.
** YOGA CLASSES UPDATE: I managed to do the bridge pose today and hold it for 30 seconds! I can’t remember when was that last time I did this pose, but I recon I was like 15 years old. I think the fear was preventing me from giving it a go, because I just haven’t done it for sooo long. So every yoga class, I would sit on my mat and watch people doing it. But today I decided to face my fear. I took a deep breath, exhaled, lifted my body off the floor and held it for 30 seconds. It felt so damn good!
- 500g spelt spiral pasta
- 3 cups fresh basil leaves, with out stalks.
- 60g pine kernels
- half a tsp sea salt
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
- 50g parmesan cheese, freshly grated.extra for serving.
- 100mls good quality extra virgin olive oil, more if required
- Start cooking the pasta as per package instructions, add a good amount of salt (2-3 tsp) to the pasta cooking water
- Add all pesto ingredients, except for the parmesan cheese and olive oil, to a small blender and blend on the lower speed for 10 seconds.
- Open blender and add the parmesan cheese, then start blending on high speed while slowly drizzling the olive oil through the hole on top of the blender until the mixture blends well.
- (you are looking for a semi-liquid texture)
- If the mixture is too thick or you think is a bit dry, I encourage you to add 2-3 tablespoons of pasta cooking water to the mixture and blend for a few more seconds.
- When the pasta is ready, warm the pesto through very gently, you are not cooking the pesto, then add the pasta.
- Mix well, serve with some extra grated parmesan cheese