Sunday, July 17, 2011

Cilantro, Lime, Jalapeno Pesto with Soba Noodles

Over the weekend I was engaging my daughter in normal car conversation. We always talk about her day and things like what food, art, stories she partook of during the week. At almost 3 years old she is a full on non-stop make you beg for mercy till she even considers stopping talking talker.

A normal conversation goes a little like this.

“Indigo what did you do at school this week?”
“I played with Jack.” (Jack has been her boyfriend for at least 1 year already!)

“Oh, what toys did you play with today Indigo?”
“Ummmm, I played with Poop! “ (Said with that little 3 year old cutie patootie voice)

“Oh I see, what did you eat for lunch at school?”
“Poop” (Said with a twinkle in her eye)

“Oh I see, Indigo would you like some Spaghetti and Poop balls when we get home?”
“Yes.” (We both giggle here)

So those are the normal questions I ask, and normal answers that she gives. Well today we were on our way to church and talking about daddy. She loves to talk about daddy, and since he was away at work she was missing him.

I started to lead the questions and ask why she was missing him and of course what she liked about her papa. It is always nice for her form her own answers and sometimes they are hilarious. Like today's answer.

Here is what she said.

“Indigo, what do you like most about daddy?”
“I like his wallet” (completely serious toddler face)

I swear to you that is what she said, and I almost peed my pants! And since her answer was wallet, I’m thinking she might be watching The Real Housewives after I got to bed.

{Printable Recipe}

• 1 bunch fresh cilantro (2 cups, not packed)
• 2 1/2 tablespoons pine nuts
• ¼ - ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
• 3 large cloves garlic
• 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
• 1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded
• 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
• Soba Noodles, or any pasta you prefer
• Parmesan
• Salt


Combine the cilantro, pine nuts, olive oil, garlic, lime juice, jalapeno pepper, and Parmesan cheese in a blender; pulse mixture.  I started with a 1/4 cup of oil but added another 1/4 cup to reach the consistency I like.

Next cook your noodles according to package directions. For the Soba I brought the water to a boil, then dropped in handfuls of noodles at a time. I made sure to keep them from clumping. I then brought down the temp to medium, a very soft boil. After about 7 minutes I drained the noodles and rinsed with hot water.

Toss with Pesto, Parmesan, and Salt. Enjoy this pasta hot or cold.

PS - Indigo is 3 really soon, I made a fresh Cherry cake with fresh Cherry Butter Cream  this weekend for us, recipe to come shortly.


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I am a big fan of soba noodles! That unusual combination is just awesome. Yummy.



Sarah-Jane - said...

small people can be priceless.

On the phone to my mother-in-law last week, Oliver piped up.... "We won't be coming to see you Nanny - we're much too busy to visit !"

Chris said...

Man this pesto would be good on grilled chicken!

Unknown said...

This looks so good! I love soba noodles.

Heather Baird said...

Dee-lish! And how cute is Indigo?! Hey, at least she's honest. >.<

Kim said...

Ha ha...too funny about the wallet. She may have a future on the Real Housewives ;-)

Is that your new floor in the picture? It's gorgeous!

Unknown said...

Yes Kim, that is our new flooring! We LURVE it...not just love.

Gerry @Foodness Gracious said...

Classic!! I help in my 6 year old daughters class and I could write a book on the things the kids say. Conversation at the golf range the other night, "Daddy have you ever been bitten by a black widow?" me, "No, now concentrate" "Daddy did you look inside your glove, they like to hide there" me, "No, hit the ball" "Daddy am I chatty?" I could go on and on.....

Julie said...

Sounds poop-errific! Looks yummy too!

Loveandcalories said...

Poopelicious!! :)

Unknown said...

Poop... why do I still giggle at that word?? :)
LOVE this pesto.. cannot wait to try it. I have everything but the pine nuts!!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

What a cutie your daughter is! Be sure to write down her hilarious comments because, 1) you will forget them, 2) they're precious, and 3) you will want ammunition for when she starts dating or for the rehearsal dinner.

Love the pesto recipe!

Jihane @ Sinful Sundays said...

Haha! I love my daddy's wallet too!

Really cool pesto recipe. :)

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

I love this cold soba noodle dish. This looks fabulous!

The Harried Cook said...

LOL :D Indigo says the cutest things :) Don't we all love our daddy's (and husband's) wallets... She speaks the truth, that one! :) Love this dish... Lime+cilantro+chillies=always a winner! Thanks for sharing!

Marina said...

Ok, I am officially calling you to visit Croatia, you can stay at my place, and all you have to do is cook me this :)

Unknown said...

Wow! What a bright and spicy soba noodle dish!!I love your pesto recipe so much:)

Mary said...

This sounds so delicious, and your car conversations are hilarious! Can't wait for the cherry cake.

Jayanthy Kumaran said...

ohh...this look great..awesome flavors..
love your lively post..:)
Tasty Appetite

Sprigs of Rosemary said...

A friend posted on Facebook that her 2 year old announced she wanted a baby sister. The mommy says, "And what would you name the baby?" "Jesus," the giel deadpanned.

I have the limes, the noodles, I just need the cilantro. Why didn't I grow it this year?

aipi said...

Bookmarked ~ all my fav ingredients in there!!
US Masala

Annie Oakley's Kitchen said...

Oh my, your daughter is hilarious! This reminds me of how my husband taught our son how to read and write by spelling words like poop and fart.

rebecca said...

i'm the one who complains about cilantro because it tastes like ivory soap. you know about that right? some people have the gene, or whatever.

Joyti said...

His wallet!!!! LOL. Daddy should watch out - wait until she's a teenager :)
She sounds like a really great little girl, smart and entertaining. And your stories about her make me laugh.

Unknown said...

A child after my own heart with that kind of poop talk. I love that you play along with it too :)

Mary Bergfeld said...

She is a real giggle and sounds like a delight:-) I suspect she has daddy wrapped around her little finger. I hope you both have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Candace said...

What a cutie she is! I know she must be such a joy and delight for your family. Thank you for sharing a window to your fun conversation with her. Loved it. I just made a huge zip lock baggie full of cilantro pesto cubes. I never thought of using it on soba noodles before. I can't wait to give that a try. Thanks!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

You are cracking me up again. I hope you are keeping track of all these Indigoisms...I see a book in your future! She is hilarious. Now on to this gorgeous pasta dish, sans poop, thankfully. So beautiful, spicy and delicious...I'd love a bowl...mmmmmmm.

Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina said...

She likes your husband's wallet? What a hoot, girl! Enjoy these little things that she says, and try to write them down so you won't forget them! Love, love, love the cilantro lime pesto. So versatile!

Katie Mar said...

i love that instead of scolding her, you played along with her poop jokes. what a great mom! :)
this spaghetti looks awesome!