Pesto, Doctors & Hydra

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Pesto, Doctors & Hydra. I don’t think these three words have ever gone together in a sentence. I feel like such a trailblazer. Is this how Columbus felt?

This year, Rabin and I decided to skip the Valentine’s Day dinner and do some general Doctor checkups instead. Crazy romantic, huh? In the spirit of V-day, we literally dealtย with our hearts. And blood. And pressure (ha! the pressure on Valentine’s day). Plus we thought that it would be easier to get appointments, and we were more or less right.

Going to the Doctor is something I’ve put off for a while, mainly due to my crippling fear of needles and also because I always equate doctors with a Hydra. *pause while you scratch your head and look questioningly at the screen*

Don’t get me wrong. Doctors are wonderful, amazing miracle workers who save lives and families dozens of times a day. I totally respect you guys and get why there’s a whole subculture of mothers spanning races and ethnicities who brag about their children being doctors, or that their child is married to one ๐Ÿ™‚

If you follow the Marvel Universe, you’d know that Hydra is the name of the evil organization that SHIELD fights against. You might also know it from the Disney Hercules movie, or if you’re really a genius and want to show off, you’d know that it originates from Greek mythology. The point is, cutting off the head of a Hydra makes three more heads grow in its place. Sound familiar yet?

No? Well, have you ever been to a doctor where he didn’t send you to a lab for more tests? Or a specialist? Did you get a referral? Did the doctor tell you to come back at another time to review the results of your tests? Did he say that some surgery has to be done and then schedule the surgery plus followup tests? Did he suggest that you should go see his colleague at another hospital? It’s never ending!

I get that it’s about my health and its important to deal with possible matters early, and checkups are non-negotiable, I know all that. But every appointment makes me face my own mortality. So for 2 days I’ve been making mental bucket lists. Thankfully, all is well health wise, and now I’m wondering whether I really do want to run a 10k or be part of a flash mob. Maybe not.

What I CAN do (and WANT to do!) is check off a recipe I’ve plannedย to make for a while: Fresh Basil Pesto. I’ve made it with dried basil before and I’ve used the ones in the little jars you see at the supermarket, but I’ve always found it to be a little too cloying. Fresh cilantro made me understand the total difference between fresh and dried herbs and I decided not to discount fresh pesto just because I don’t like it’s drier, older relative (insert family related joke here).

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I know. I’m on a roll today. It’s one of those days where I just can’t get to the point gracefully…so… here’s the recipe *curtsies gracefully*

Fresh Basil Pesto

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 1/4 fresh Basil Leaves
2 tbsp. Pine Nuts
1 1/2 tbsp. Olive Oil
1 clove Garlic
1 tbsp. Parmesan Cheese

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Toast pine nuts in a small pan on med-low heat until browned, stirring constantly to avoid burning. Add nuts and all other ingredients in a food processor fitted with a metal blade and process until thoroughly combined and the mixture turns into a paste, about 30 seconds.

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Makes approx. 1/4 cup

That’s it! Pesto is very easy to make and livens up practically any dish. We tossed it with some pasta and added tomatoes, peas and bell peppers.ย I love pine nuts so I made this a little nuttier (no comments about my mental state please!) than other pesto recipes you’ll see out there. If you don’t have pine nuts, any other bland nut like almonds or walnuts will do. There’s a reason why pesto is used loosely – there are so many variations that are equally delicious.

Also, thank you all for the Blog-iversary wishes. I haven’t gotten a chance to reply to all of you (although I will!!), but they are all very appreciated.


  1. Pesto is one of my favorite summertime treats to make. I always grow plenty of basil in my garden as it is rather expensive to buy. I have never used dried basil before. I hear you about the doctors – it frequently does not stop with the one visit as there is always blood tests and so on. But I go… Thanks for bringing one of my favorite recipes to Fiesta Friday #56 ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you! I really used the dried basil because I couldn’t find the fresh one. I wish that the basil I plant would grow – it just doesn’t and dies on me every time ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  2. When I saw Hydra in your post my first thought was Marvel since I’m a huge Marvel fan (captain america in particular) but I was like “nah that’s not gonna be what she meant”!
    I totally see where you’re coming from equating it with doctors too, seems like every time I go I end up having to go for tests for something else haha!

    This pesto looks delicious though, yummm

    • Hehehe thanks Michelle! Honestly I think of Marvel when I hear hydra as well. And yes, Captain America is by far the best lol. I’ve been loving Agent Carter recently too – have you been watching it?

      Also… I usually want to comment on so many of your awesome desserts but I never see the option to. Have you disabled it?

      • Glad you agree about Captain America! And yes I’ve been watching Agent Carter, love it!

        ooh no, my comments are turned on! Every now and then somebody tells me they can’t comment but I have no idea what the issue is as others can. I’m not very good with computers either, so I need to find a computer savvy person to figure it out for me haha.

  3. Oh, I do hear you about those doctor’s appointments. It’s such a pain. I never want to go because I’m afraid of having to go somewhere else afterwards. As I’m on vacation at the moment, I had to go to a Colombian orthopedist, which is no fun at all if you Spanish is pretty rusty. Thank god my boyfriend is with me and together we got most of what he said. And even though I’m still in pain, he told me to move and be active, which is one of the good things that can come out of a doctor’s appointment. ๐Ÿ˜€
    I love pesto. It’s such a great sauce for pasta or a lovely base for a sandwich. And I like the original basil one the most. Garlic and pine nuts should never be forgotten though.. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Happy Fiesta Friday, Indira. ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t forget to link to the party. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hey Tina! Yep I’ve been following your great trip pics on Instagram. It looks amazing. We had visited Colombia (Bogota) a few years ago and it was so beautiful… I could see myself living there. Are you going anywhere else after Colombia? Hope you’re okay… And yes I’m glad that’s the diagnosis you got ๐Ÿ™‚

      I agree with your pesto stance lol. I wanted to make a pesto pizza the other day too but ended up using all the pesto on pasta. Guess Ill just have to make more! Lol

  4. Curtsey indeed. ๐Ÿ™‚ Wonderful post, Indira…and wonderful pesto! (Btw…Shield was the first thing that came to my mind with “hydra”…hehe.)

  5. I think that is a wonderful idea to give the gift of health so you can be together longer.

    I love pesto! That is one of the best part of summer is growing basil for pesto. It is so fresh and dresses up about anything. Your pesto looks delicious!

  6. Oh, Hydra. It always reminds me of Percy Jackson – how I love that movie and the books. It seems that Hydra is telling me to turn on the TV and watch that movie again. ๐Ÿ˜€
    Anyway, this looks really delicious, Indira. Happy FF. โค

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