Hey there, all! How is everyone on this fine Tuesday? Personally, I’m tired. No, not just regular tired. I’m tiiiirrrreeed. Lately I haven’t been sleeping well at all. In the past I’ve told you all about my freaky dreams. They’ve subsided lately. Nope, now the culprit is…the pillow!
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am so picky when it comes to everything involving sleep. I need the temperature to be a certain way, first of all. Too hot and I just get annoyed. And annoyed people don’t sleep, am I right? But I’m naturally a cold person, so if it’s too cold my whole body just becomes liquid nitrogen. ⛄️
I’m also picky about how many blankets go on the bed and how thick they are. I can’t abide a scratchy blanket. I’m all about the down or down-alternative comforter. A comfy Amanda is a happy Amanda. Most people would probably think I resemble a burrito when I sleep. 😄
But really, there’s nothing worse than an uncomfortable pillow, is there? Mine just weren’t giving me enough support anymore. I like a firm pillow, but not those crazy firm pillows you get at hotels sometime that make you wake up with a crink in your neck. And don’t even get me started about the ones that conform to your head. Whenever I use those my head feels stuck down in the Grand Canyon. The search continues!
No matter how tired we are after a night of meh sleep, good food always has a way of brightening out moods, doesn’t it? I personally love sitting in weird coffee shops, eating a fabulous, hearty sandwich, and people-watching. And this pesto reminds me of something you’d find at one of those places.
First off, I love pesto. I spread it on sandwiches, burgers, pasta, and I put it in mashed potatoes. Don’t judge me. 😀 And I really like making my own pesto. But I like to mix it up every once in a while. And the result is this fun Thai peanut pesto. The green color comes not from basil, but from a combination of romaine lettuce and cilantro. And then we add a few more of my favorite things: Thai sweet chili sauce, roasted peanuts, sesame oil…yum. I feel like I’m in that coffee shop now.
This is such a fun pesto when you want to mix it up a little. I love putting it directly on my salads of dark, hearty greens, avocado, nuts, and peppers up the wazoo. ✌️ But let me tell you…it is nice on grilled cheese…NICE. A few thick slices of provolone, this pesto, and some good bakery bread. What more could you want?
Enjoy, lovely people! 😀
(From a pesto recipe in Food Network magazine).
- 3 cups coarsely chopped romaine leaves
- 1 cup fresh cilantro
- ⅓ cup roasted peanuts
- 2 tbsp peeled, chopped ginger
- 2 tbsp sweet chili sauce
- 1 clove garlic
- Juice of 1 lime
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil or olive oil
- 2 tbsp roasted sesame oil
- In a food processor add in the romaine lettuce, cilantro, peanuts, ginger, sweet chili sauce, garlic, and lime juice. Pulse.
- With the machine still running, add in the vegetable oil and sesame oil. Pulse until smooth.