Chive and Dill Pesto

by Jenn on May 29, 2010

in Dairy Free,Diabetic Friendly,Dips and Sauces,Gluten Free,No Cook,Vegetarian

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Did you know that shopping on a Saturday is NUTS?  Ok, that’s probably expected, but shopping on Saturdays en Suisse is much crazier than any Saturday morning I remember in the States.  I suspect this has much to do with the fact that most everything is closed on Sunday, and so everyone is rushing around to get the weekend’s worth of food.  Here, it is also the day when the largest market is out and open for business, which always draws a crowd.  While both my husband and I desperately wanted to sleep in this morning, 10 am came (which wasn’t sleeping in enough for us) and I knew if we wanted any chance at braving the crowds we’d have to go into the city centre soon.  I urged him to wake up, persistent even through his groaning like a little kid who doesn’t want to go to school.  We are still both very much in “college” mode where Saturdays should be declared sanctified “sleep in til noon” days, and despite living here for almost 6 months (I can’t believe it!), we still have not transformed our mode of thinking about Saturdays just yet.  But then, 6 months of Swiss life isn’t very much compared to the last 8 years of college that engrained the habit into the both of us…

However, once we manage to actually bring ourselves to get ready and leave for the market, we instantly realize again that it is so worth it, just as we do every week.  There is all of the fresh produce and vendors, not to mention getting gluten free tortillas from our favorite little store, and another highlight is that we can walk into our favorite grocery store and get a refreshing glass of fresh squeezed orange juice.  Some things in life are definitely worth crawling out of bed for, even when you’re still tired and all you want to do is sleep through a lazy Saturday.

And even despite the crowds and all the pushing/shoving (something I don’t know if I’ll ever fully adjust to), I still am able to find inspiration in the food around me.  The entire concept of this pesto developed this morning as I was looking for something a bit different to try.  I’ve long since learned that anything green can be turned into pesto, and dill is one of those greens that I usually don’t know what to do with – so I thought I would play.  My chive plant is on its way out after a couple story long fall off my windowsill one windy day, so I decided to take what was left that was still usable and throw it in the mix too – a little mustard and garlic gave the pesto some zing and voilà, I had a bright fresh green pesto ready to be devoured.  I’m still looking for ideas for how to use it, but for now, stacked with some tomatoes and Swiss cheese sounds just about perfect :)

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Also submitted to – Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays

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Kevin (Closet Cooking) May 29, 2010 at 9:22 pm

This pesto sounds really god with the dill and chives! Nice tomato stack!

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Jenn May 30, 2010 at 12:09 am

Thanks! It was a rather precarious balance :)

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Helen (Fuss Free Flavours) May 29, 2010 at 9:31 pm

That looks just wonderful Jenn. I always forgot the shut shops on a Sunday when I used to holiday en Suisse.

We had the first British tomato salad of the year tonight from my market.

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Jenn May 30, 2010 at 12:26 am

Thanks Helen! Oh I bet your tomato salad was wonderful!

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Rosa May 29, 2010 at 11:32 pm

Yes, shopping on Saturday in Switzerland is nuts (especially if you are in manor or at the market)… I hate that shoving and pushing!

A beautiful rexipe! So fresh and summer like.

Cheers,

Rosa

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Jenn May 30, 2010 at 12:28 am

Thanks Rosa! Yeah we try to get home early enough from work during the week but more often than not making it into a store before they close on the weekdays just doesn’t happen, so Sat. has to be our major food shopping day – but it gives me a chance to walk around all the yummy markets!

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Caitlin May 30, 2010 at 12:09 am

For some reason, I’m imagining this over potatoes in some way shape or form. No idea why, since having it with swiss cheese and tomatoes sounds (and looks!) absolutely amazing. Weird, huh?

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Jenn May 30, 2010 at 12:17 am

Actually I think it’d be great over potatoes… with some cheese too :) I will definitely have to experiment!

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Linn @ Swedish home cooking May 31, 2010 at 9:15 am

Ohh, great picture. The colors are so bright and beautiful. Amazing!

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Jenn May 31, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Thank you so much Linn!

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Cristina May 31, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Beautiful presentation and the combination of ingredients in the pesto sound wonderful! Congrats on the Top 9 today.

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Jenn May 31, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Thank you! I was really excited to see myself on the Foodbuzz Top 9 today!

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Tanya May 31, 2010 at 4:24 pm

That looks amazing and such a creative use of tomatoes.

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Jenn June 1, 2010 at 11:02 pm

Thanks! I heart fresh tomatoes so much!

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Patty Price May 31, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Beautiful stack of tomatoes, cheese and pesto, almost too pretty to eat!

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Jenn June 1, 2010 at 11:03 pm

aww thanks! Don’t worry, we had no problem eating it :)

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Magdalena May 31, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Idea for dill-chives pesto sounds very interesting for me. Both greens are so popular in Poland and served with ripe tomatoes and some local cheeses may be heaven.
As regards shopping, here in Paris it is real pain in the ass (excuse my English). I live in a commercial neighborhood, and I hate to go outside on Saturdays, to do my shopping in particular. That’s why I do shopping on Friday morning. Fortunately, the closest food market operates on Friday, no Saturday.
Have a nice afternoon!

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Jenn June 1, 2010 at 11:04 pm

Mmm I have not tried any Polish cheeses, I will have to sometime!

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Anna May 31, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Oh Jenn, the groaning will never change, at least here…. to make my man get his behind out of our bed I have to perform a rain dance, and pray to all Gods that he will eventually listen and stop the groaning. LOL But yes…once we make to the FM we love it. And LA have so many Farmer’s Market we are a bit overwhelmed. (we moved here 6 months ago). Your picture looks amazing, and the pesto sounds awesome I love dill.

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Jenn June 1, 2010 at 11:04 pm

haha, well at least I know what I am in for!

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Lori Lynn May 31, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Nice twist on a classic!
Congrats on Top 9!
LL

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Jenn June 1, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Thanks so much!

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Erin May 31, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Nothing in Chicago compares to European markets. My parents spent 5 years in the Netherlands, and I never grew tired of visiting markets when I was with them! My husband and I got up at 6:45 this Saturday to go to the Green City Market here, and it was crazy early but totally worth it! Now there are lots of asparagus and green garlic in my fridge to play with. This version of pesto looks great, especially with those beautiful tomatoes!

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Jenn June 1, 2010 at 11:06 pm

6 45! My that is early!

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Nicole, RD June 1, 2010 at 4:38 am

What a fun spin on pesto, yum! And the picture…drool!!

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Jenn June 1, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Oh thanks!!

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Lisa June 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Oh WOW, this is a stunner of a dish! The stack is perfection and the photo is just gorgeous! I love that you made a pesto using chives, dill and hazelnuts. Truth be told..basil pesto with pine nuts has gotten a little old for me, so this is one I want to try! Beautiful job all around!

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Jenn June 1, 2010 at 11:07 pm

omg thanks so much for such kind words! I hope you like it!

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Jenn June 1, 2010 at 11:04 pm

haha, well at least I know what I am in for!

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Jenn June 1, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Thanks so much!

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Jenn June 1, 2010 at 11:06 pm

6 45! My that is early!

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Jenn June 1, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Oh thanks!!

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Shree June 2, 2010 at 2:30 am

wow. those pictures really pop. Just Fab!

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Jenn June 3, 2010 at 9:46 am

Thanks so much!!

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Shree June 2, 2010 at 2:30 am

wow. those pictures really pop. Just Fab!

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Jenn June 3, 2010 at 9:46 am

Thanks so much!!

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Kristen June 3, 2010 at 5:09 am

I love your photos. I just got fresh tomatoes and now I must try this!

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Jenn June 3, 2010 at 9:47 am

Thanks! I hope you like it!

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Kristen June 3, 2010 at 5:09 am

I love your photos. I just got fresh tomatoes and now I must try this!

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Jenn June 3, 2010 at 9:47 am

Thanks! I hope you like it!

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Lisa June 6, 2010 at 3:55 pm

What a beautiful presentation of your dish and a beautiful picture to boot! Great job!

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Lisa June 6, 2010 at 3:55 pm

What a beautiful presentation of your dish and a beautiful picture to boot! Great job!

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Aubree Cherie June 6, 2010 at 5:30 pm

This looks too beautiful to eat! I bet it tasted yummy too though :)

~Aubree Cherie

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Aubree Cherie June 6, 2010 at 5:30 pm

This looks too beautiful to eat! I bet it tasted yummy too though :)

~Aubree Cherie

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Jenn June 1, 2010 at 11:07 pm

omg thanks so much for such kind words! I hope you like it!

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