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Rocket and Pecan Pesto Spaghetti with Avocado

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The theme is green: I needed an antidote to the “white” food I have been making…so much cake…

A simple dish that can be thrown together in minutes. The rocket and pecan pesto is lovely over any pasta, and is also great with some ricotta or yoghurt stirred through as a dip or on bruschetta.

Pesto and Pasta

Put  a couple of garlic cloves into the bowl of a food processor, with a good handful of pecans. Blitz until roughly processed. Add a cup or of rocket, blitz again.

Add a tablespoon or so of extra virgin olive oil, blitz briefly, then add a handful of pecorino cheese. Check for flavour, and add ground rock salt. Continue to dribble in the olive oil, until the pesto is of a loose consistency so that it can be swirled through pasta.

Spoon over spaghetti or any pasta of choice. Add half a sliced avocado. I love Shepard avocados for their delicate flavour. The avocado can be gently mixed in to the pasta as you eat, adding a creamy texture.

Serve with shaved pecorino, E.V. olive oil, a few basil leaves and plenty of ground black pepper.

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Shakey Tables: A Hunter Valley Excursion…

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Another idyllic couple of days in autumn in the Hunter Valley, though the weather was more reminiscent of an Indian summer. Back to the wonderful Shakey Tables for dinner, preceded by two of my favourite things to do in Pokolbin: a trip to Hunter Valley Cookies and a private wine tasting at Lindeman’s of their fabulous Treasury wines.

This particular weekend the Doctors were elsewhere, exploring the culinary delights of Orange, while carrying out some in-depth studies in oenology; and the senior rock chick was ministering to her clients.

So my partner in crime was new to Shakey Tables, as yet uninitiated in its delights, expounded here in a previous post.

So here are our adventures in visual form, with the following link to the first restaurant review:

https://thequirkandthecool.com/2013/02/14/shakey-tables/

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Monte Carlo biscuits from Hunter Valley Cookies http://www.huntervalleycookies.com/

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“The Trio” – magnificent Coonawarra St George, Pyrus and Limstone Ridge.

http://www.lindemans.com/us/wines/10/coonawarra-trio

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Fabulous art work from chef Paula Rengger at Shakey Tables

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And three courses at Shakey:

Heirloom cherry tomatoes with buffalo mozarella; Jacks Creek Wagyu beef tri tip marble score 7, cherry tomatoes, pommes frites, red wine jus; Rose, pistachio & lychee ice cream terrine, with Turkish delight in a rose scented jus and pistachio fairy floss.

The food is consistently good, that’s why we keep on returning.

The stand out for me on this occasion, was the Wagyu beef with the “mug” of hand cut chips cooked in beef dripping, reminding me of the taste of chips at the beach from the local fish and chip shop… wrapped in paper, salty, flavoursome and utterly moorish!

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