Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme: Robust and rubicund, this sundried tomato pesto pays homage to Simon and Garfunkel and is my answer to never having enough basil for pesto through the dreary days of winter. Gather ye all herbs while ye may, Old Thyme still a flyin’! (With apologies to a certain 17th century poet).
• Flecked through with a medley of bright green herbs, flavored with the mild nuttiness of pignola and a tang of parmesan cheese, it makes its way through the crooks and crannies of any small pasta. To reach a higher flavor bar, toss together with roasted cauliflower florets caramelized around the edges (fancy phrase for burned bits) to bring out the natural sweetness.
• Begin by disassembling a head of cauliflower with a few judicious cuts from the bottom end and breaking up the rest into approximately similar sized florets. Don’t slice through with a knife. That’s so gauche! I mean, this arboreal creation has been obliging enough to provide you with natural branch points that fall apart into elegant bite sized floral ornaments…..
• This quick and delicious pesto is also chock full of antioxidant, antimicrobial goodness. Did you know that the terpenoid phenols in plant essential oils kill fungal pathogens while promoting survival of our own cells? Carvacrol, thymol and eugenol..lovely words that roll off your tongue as beautifully as Parmigiano Reggiano!
Recipe and Assembly Instructions: https://madamescientist.wordpress.com/2012/02/17/parsley-sage-rosemary-and-thyme-my-sundried-tomato-pesto/
Robert Herrick (1591-1674) “Gather ye rosebuds” poem: http://www.bartleby.com/101/248.html