I sometimes think that I have a food file cabinet in my mind. In it, there are folders for each of my friends and family for whom I cook. In the folders are favorite foods (Husband: steak, chocolate pudding and ice cream), allergies and dislikes. It’s the dislikes that get me because they aren’t all the organized. It’s more like I have a list of foods that people in my life dislike and I have to match the food to the person.
The list reads like this:
Peas, cilantro, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, mushrooms.
The list to match it with is this:
My friend S, my cousins E & M, former roommate K, my bestie C. and myself. Happily, I know which one goes with me (cilantro).
Of course, this is only a problem when I’m making big dinners or when I’ve invited someone to dinner and can’t remember their dislike. All of which is to say that what I made tonight for dinner definitely fell in the dislike category for someone as it was almost entirely pea- based. Luckily, I know it’s my friend, S., who hates peas. So while I encourage all of you to head over to Smitten Kitchen to check out this pea pesto recipe, I will say that S., if you are reading this, avoid it at all costs.
It was really delicious. Thanks to my friend R. for posting it on facebook. I didn’t bother taking photos because Smitten Kitchen’s photos put mine to shame. Trust me when I say, go and make this tonight. It was so, so good. Light but satisfying and it tastes like summer in a bowl. Unless you hate peas in which case, it will not taste like summer. It will taste terrible.