I’ve been traveling a lot lately. From Hong Kong to Maui to Portland to Lake Tahoe. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I feel so lucky to be bouncing around, eating fantastic food, and bumping elbows with the kind of folk that make my heart feel all sorts of warm and fuzzy.
But I miss cooking.
All I want after a few weeks of traveling is to cozy up at home with a fresh meal. Only, I’m exhausted from jumping time zones, the indistinguishability and the blurred sense of place that is airports. Hours get lost in space as you zigzag across date lines.
Even when you’re not traveling sense of time can get lost. There’s something tangible and grounding about preparing a meal for yourself. It forces you into the present. To feel and hear and smell. It’s a feeling I wish I could carry with me into other parts of my life. Which is why I was excited to partner with JORD (makers of handcrafted wood watches) for a giveaway. Their all natural watches remind you of the beautiful earth we live on and wearing a watch on your wrist helps you stay prompt without relying on your phone.
All of their watches are stunning. The natural woods really resonate with me. This watch is the Frankie Series, Dark Sandalwood and Smoke. The neutral tones and minimalist design go with everything, but the rustic wood and earthy vibe make a statement. They have a design to fit every personality, including striking men’s watches.
But back to cooking… I’m traveling. I’m eating out every day, and I can’t wait to get back to my tiny railway kitchen. But I’m also exhausted. The battle between my body fusing with the coach and the desire to eat something made with my own two hands is ragging.
My solution is this pea & mint pesto.
I can make it in less than 2 minutes, and I can use it a million different ways (okay maybe not a million- but a lot). I ooh and ahh over the vivid green color and I eat it by the spoonful when nobody is looking. You can make it in big batches, mix it into pasta, spread it on toast, liven up steamed fish or rub it on anything grilled.
Fresh peas are indicative of the season, but if you can’t find them frozen ones do just fine. The pairing with mint is the best kind of cliche and the hint of lemon brightens everything up.
Don’t forget to enter my JORD watch giveaway! Winner gets a $100 gift card, and everyone who enters gets $25 off!
- 1 cup peas (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 cup fresh mint
- 1 lemon, zested and juiced
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Mix peas, mint, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, lemon zest, pine nuts, and garlic in a food processor
- While motor is running slowly add olive oil till combined