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Cooking with draliman – Hey Pesto!

Here’s what my lovely friends in the village got me for my birthday.


There were even instructions on what to do! My first problem was, in fact, the instructions. Everything is measured in cups! Has anyone ever heard of such a thing? What size cup? Teacup? Coffee mug? How can you have a “cup” of grated cheese? Surely you get a different amount depending on how finely you grate it? A “cup” of basil? It’s leaves!

Fortunately, Google had the answer. It converted stuff to ounces. Ounces! What? Further Googling converted it to grammes. Phew, this is hard work and I haven’t even started cooking yet.

So I chopped everything up and pounded away in my new mortar and pestle. And it did, to my surprise, become a paste.


Next, into a bowl, add the cheese and olive oil and mix. Yes, I added way too much cheese. Somewhere between “cups”, “ounces” and “grammes” something went a bit awry.


Now to cook the pasta. It’s been years since I cooked pasta. I assumed it would shrink when cooked like everything else. It didn’t. So I ended up with far too much.


And boy was it tasty πŸ™‚


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  1. October 13, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Haha, nice. American measurement units. Happy belated birthday!


    • October 13, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      Aha, maybe I’ll have to get me some of these “cups” so I don’t screw up the conversions. My first thought was actually to choose a medium-sized coffee mug and use that πŸ™‚
      Thanks for the birthday wishes!

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  2. October 13, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Happy birthday! I’m confused by your instructions though–can there ever be too much cheese? πŸ˜‰ Looks seriously yummy.


    • October 13, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      Well, I love cheese but apparently pesto is supposed to have a subtle blend of flavours. Not just cheese πŸ™‚

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  3. October 13, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Looks delicious, and Happy Birthday. What a great present. We were expecting an invite to dinner though!


    • October 13, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      It was, and thanks!
      I’d never serve guests experimental cooking. Next time!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. October 13, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    That looks yum! Happy birthday, Ali. πŸ™‚


  5. Ruth
    October 13, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Happy birthday! πŸ™‚


  6. October 13, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Happy Birthday! What lovely gift! There is never too much cheese. πŸ™‚


    • October 14, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      Thanks! It was certainly deliciously cheesy pasta πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  7. October 13, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Happy birthday Ali. And awesome yummy foodπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘


  8. Sarah Ann
    October 13, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Can there ever be too much cheese? Happy birthday. You have great friends!


    • October 14, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      Thanks, I do. They often come up with something a bit different and fun πŸ™‚

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  9. October 13, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Happy birthday! And I have exactly that same problem when I get recipes that call for grams of something. I have cup measures, and I have a scale with ounces, which makes for a lot of guessing… So yeah, my solution is also to just to put more cheese in and hope for the best. πŸ™‚


    • October 14, 2017 at 2:10 pm

      Thanks! To be honest I think my scales will also do the old Imperial measurements, but I’m scared they’ll get stuck or I’ll forget how to put them back. I actually measured the cheese in several goes as I grated it, and forgot half-way through how much I’d already put in… πŸ™‚

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      • October 14, 2017 at 4:41 pm

        I do the opposite: I keep checking my scale to see if I can change it to metric, as though perhaps the last ten times I looked, I must have missed the switch that will now magically appear at the bottom of the scale. πŸ™‚


        • October 15, 2017 at 6:11 am

          Most stuff in the UK works in both Imperial and metric – it was only a few years ago that it became a legal requirement to sell produce in metric, so a lot of people are still more comfortable with pounds and ounces πŸ™‚

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          • October 15, 2017 at 12:38 pm

            We have a lot of that confusion here in the US too. Recipes and home cooking is mostly Imperial, but products in the stores are both.

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  10. Lyn
    October 14, 2017 at 1:08 am

    LOL you need to buy yourself a set of measuring cups, Ali. They come with 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, 2/3. 3/4, and 1 cup measures in the set. You should even be able to buy them in the supermarket when you buy your next lot of ingredients for your Penne Rigate Pesto πŸ˜€


    • October 14, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      Wow, that sounds like a lot of cups! Someone did tell me that one of the odds-and-ends shops sells cup measures, but it’s not something which is standard. I just had a quick Google and a European cup is a different size to a US cup anyway (one is 250ml, the other is 240ml) πŸ™‚

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  11. October 14, 2017 at 2:05 am

    Happy Birthday, man! The food looks delicious, indeed. I seldom use those food processor, cups, etc. because I cook something simple most of times. Problem is I don’t enjoy cooking, although I envy people who does.


    • October 14, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks! It was very tasty, I’ll have to do it again some time. Yum πŸ™‚

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  12. October 14, 2017 at 3:38 am

    Cheeeeeesee. 🀀 πŸ™‚


    • October 14, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      Yeah. I ended up just grating the whole lot and putting it in πŸ™‚

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  13. October 14, 2017 at 3:57 am

    Happy Birthday … and it looks absolutely yummy!


  14. October 14, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Happy Belated Birthday, Ali! You should have an American friend send you a cup measure from the U.S. They sell both the liquid cup measure and solid cup measure there. The solid cup measures usually come in sets from cup to 1/8 cup. The liquid is usually a measure with a spout at the top to ease pouring and the cup, half cup, etc. markings on the side. All the best in your future cooking. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne


    • October 14, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      It all sounds very complicated, and apparently not very precise for solids. During my “cup” research I came across a US food website which asked 10 people to measure a cup of flour (officially 120g). The ten resulting cups ended up between 113g and 170g depending on how the person spooned it/tipped it in, levelled it off/didn’t level it off, packed it in etc πŸ™‚


  15. October 14, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday! Your dinner looks amazing! We measure things in the states by the cup measures and teaspoon, tablespoon measure. I don’t know anything about grams.


    • October 14, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      Thanks! It was lovely πŸ™‚ My kitchen scales are set on grammes so I was a bit stuck!


      • October 14, 2017 at 7:16 pm

        I can imagine because I would be the same way with Great Britian’s measurements…. I would be lost!


  16. October 14, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Weird how I’d have never thought cup wasn’t an international measurement…. even though I know its much bigger brother gallon isn’t. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a recipe before that didn’t use cups…


    • October 14, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      I’d kinda heard of cups, but I thought they disappeared around the same time as pounds and ounces…


  17. October 15, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Your pesto came out good!
    And penne is a thick noodle – some say it is meaty – I made some this summer and regretted buying it coz it took so long – but it worked out in the end –
    What a nice gift!


  18. October 15, 2017 at 7:16 am

    And happy belated bday draliman


  19. October 18, 2017 at 5:27 am

    Yummy! And happy birthday. I”m online just quickly to see if you were in the path of Hurricane Ophelia? Hope all is well for you,


    • October 18, 2017 at 6:57 am

      Thanks! All’s well here, the hurricane (a bad storm I guess by the time it got here) passed over the southern coast of Ireland. It was quite windy here for a day but nothing too unusual. Ireland had it a lot worse.


  20. Trisha
    October 18, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Your final dish looks good! Cheese pesto is probably yummier than basil pesto anyway. πŸ™‚


    • October 18, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      It was pretty yummy! The cheese was pretty overpowering though, from a “traditional pesto” point of view. If they’d just supplied it as weight instead of cups in the first place…

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  21. October 21, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Happy belated Birthday! I love pesto, and always have some in the fridge. This cheese pesto does look delicious.


  22. October 21, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    I’m afraid I’m another blogger to wish you a Happy belated Birthday! I thoroughly enjoyed following your adventures with this dish – especially your disgruntlement in having a recipe in ‘cups’! I used to think exactly the same way as you regarding the type of ‘cup’ to use. Now (thanks to Louise) I have a set of ‘proper’ measuring cups (they look like miniature saucepans. Unfortunately, I don’t use them. I still prefer to work in measurements I know (which are pounds and ounces, or even grammes. Your meal looks fabulous, so you must have got something right. Everything tastes better with extra cheese, after all. πŸ˜€


    • October 21, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      “Cups” is a bit dodgy anyway. How can you have a consistent measure of solids? It depends how you pack it in πŸ™‚
      It was very tasty!

      Liked by 1 person

      • October 21, 2017 at 3:59 pm

        Exactly – whoever heard of a ‘cup’ of solid cheese? πŸ™‚ Stick to your grammes.

        Liked by 1 person

  23. October 29, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Looks yummy πŸ™‚


  24. November 4, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    That looks yummy, feel they herbs would take over…. asdfghjkl


    • November 5, 2017 at 6:08 am

      It was yummy, but it was the cheese which took over in the end!

      Liked by 1 person

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