Feta Pistachio Mint Pesto

Feta Pistachio Mint Pesto is beautifully bright, fresh and creamy. Ideal as a drizzle over grilled meat or roasted veggies.

overhead shot of a bowl of Feta Pistachio Mint Pesto

My season of revisiting classic recipes from the blog continues with this Feta Pistachio Mint Pesto. I have no doubt that this pesto completely passed you by even if you have been reading my witterings here from its early incarnations. Remember Stroud Green Larder? Yes, that was my original name for my business when I began it five years ago which fitted well with my market stall which was based in Stroud Green, North London but alienated all my blog followers, especially those to whom Stroud Green was a pretty random name. I’m not even sure the majority of Londoners necessarily know of Stroud Green, the little stretch between Finsbury Park and Crouch End.

overhead shot of ingredients of Feta Pistachio Mint Pesto in the mixer

Sometimes when I’m feeling especially reflective I wonder if From The Larder is even the best choice of name, a name which I really fought to get, especially since my market stall is focused more on the cake side of things. Although I can’t let myself go too far down that road since I’ve come this far with it and I’m not about to change everything again, it was challenging enough changing the name of my blog and business the first time.

overhead shot of ingredients of Feta Pistachio Mint Pesto in the mixer

So, this Feta Pistachio Mint Pesto, if you’re still with me, was originally developed as an accompaniment to a roasted butternut squash mash recipe where this pesto was drizzled liberally over the top. That dish was out of this world but I could never get the photographs right, it looked like some big old gory mess. Then this pesto soon broke out into a life of its own in my kitchen as I started to accompany it with everything. Drizzled over lamb chops, roasted potatoes or used as the base in this Simple Brown Rice Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette. It became one of my weeknight mainstays and yet was buried within my blog in unsightly photos and an early post which was largely ignored.

overhead shot of ingredients of Feta Pistachio Mint Pesto in the mixer

Therefore I am pretty sure I am introducing this Feta Pistachio Mint Pesto as if it were the first time. It is a bright and fresh pesto with so many layers of flavour. The feta and pistachio give a fresh creaminess and sweet savouriness to the proceedings whilst the mint provides lovely bite with a zing of lemon to bring everything into harmony. I make it with the best feta I can find, there is a great feta and olive guy at Ally Pally farmers’ market, and fresh garden mint.

side shot of a bowl of Feta Pistachio Mint Pesto

Print Recipe
Feta Pistachio Mint Pesto
Feta Pistachio Mint Pesto is beautifully bright, fresh and creamy. Ideal as a drizzle over grilled meat or roasted veggies.
overhead shot of a bowl of Feta Pistachio Mint Pesto
Course Main Dish
Cuisine British
Keyword pesto
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
6-8 people
Ingredients
  • 80 g shelled roasted salted pistachios
  • 30 g fresh mint* leaves removed from stalks
  • 15 g parsley including stalks
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 80 g feta
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • black pepper
  • 150 ml extra virgin olive oil
Course Main Dish
Cuisine British
Keyword pesto
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
6-8 people
Ingredients
  • 80 g shelled roasted salted pistachios
  • 30 g fresh mint* leaves removed from stalks
  • 15 g parsley including stalks
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 80 g feta
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • black pepper
  • 150 ml extra virgin olive oil
overhead shot of a bowl of Feta Pistachio Mint Pesto
Instructions
  1. Place the pistachios in a food processor and blitz until finely ground.
  2. Add the mint, parsley and garlic and blitz again until chopped very finely.
  3. Scoop the feta into the food processor, squeeze in the lemon, and grind in some black pepper then whizz up again so that all the ingredients come together to form a thick paste.
  4. Then with the food processor still on, stream in the olive oil slowly so that it incorporates into the paste and forms a smooth pesto.

SHOP THE RECIPE

I would be nowhere without my Magimix 4200XL Food Processor – Satin which I bought when I was so jealous of everyone making their own houmous and pestos. That was easily over ten years ago and I use it nearly every day for all manner of kitchen jobs like whipping up dips, nut butters and flours, making breadcrumbs and of course for houmous and pesto. The Magixmix is an impressive piece of kit which even survived being dropped when we moved into our house (although it did have to have the motor replaced but that wasn’t too expensive). I put all the attachments in the dishwasher and they come out brilliantly clean but it also gives just great results. I love my Magimix and along with my Kitchenaid is the piece of equipment I use most often in my kitchen.

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Sriracha Honey Beef Stir Fry

Sriracha Honey Beef Stir Fry is the easiest gluten-free dinner, stuffed with veggies and packed with flavour.

Sriracha Honey Beef Stir Fry in a bowl on a table with chopsticks

Most nights I eat my dinner at 5pm with Cole. Not everyday though as sometimes he has dinner at nursery, other times I want to eat later on with Luke when he gets home or maybe I just want something a little more grown up or spicy for dinner. I am sure I have bored you all senseless on how trying I am finding our bedtime routine these days. It takes hours to get both Cole and Beau settled down for the night. Just when one has fallen asleep, the other wakes up and I have to begin all over again. It’s so frustrating. When the ordeal is over I crawl back downstairs exhausted but desperate to have some time to myself. At this point I really don’t want to start slogging away at the stove. I want to be on the sofa, Billy Buddy snoozing next to me, watching Queer Eye and stuffing my face with food.

So I’ve developed a handful of 10 minute easy gluten-free dinners that means I can spend as little time in the kitchen and as much time on my derriere as possible until I have to hit the hay at 9.30. Yes, I am indeed living quite the life at the moment.

Sriracha Honey Beef Stir Fry in a bowl on a table

This Sriracha Honey Beef Stir Fry has so far been one of my favourite easy dinners yet. It’s spicy, sweet and full of energy boosting protein and loads of veg. This gluten-free dinner has three main components, beef mince, which is ultra quick to fry, one of those stir-fry veg bags from the supermarket and a 30 second sriracha honey sauce to pull them both together.

A bowl of vegetable stir fry mix

It has taken a lot of strength for me to admit defeat and buy one of these stir-fry veg bags as I prefer to prepare all my vegetables from scratch but my time is precious at the moment and I’m succumbing to shortcuts. The key to using these pre-prepared veg bags is to make sure all the vegetables are evenly cut. I often find I have to trim the broccoli up a bit and slimline the onion slices so everything is cooked evenly. I also pimped mine up by adding some sliced red and yellow pepper to my veg mix as I just can’t let it lie. All the mixes are different though depending on the supermarket so you might be fine with yours just the way it is.

The other tip to this easy gluten-free dinner is to use really good beef mince, you just can’t cut corners here. I have made this with beef mince from my local butcher, then made again with an organic beef mince from the supermarket. There was no comparison, the mince from the butcher was so much more superior (and cheaper!). The meat from the supermarket completely changed the dish since the mince was so watery. Instead of the sriracha honey sauce silkily coating the meat and vegetables, it pooled thinly in the bottom of the pan and a lot of the flavour was lost. So please, use good beef mince.

Sriracha Honey Sauce in a bowl with a whisk

The Sriracha honey sauce is the best bit and uses just four ingredients, sriracha, honey, coconut aminos (or tamari) and sesame oil. It’s so good and gives an otherwise hum drum stir fry an incredible punchy flavour.

I can make this dinner in 10 minutes from start to finish and choose to have it on the nights when I don’t want carbs as they are not missed at all here. By all means though serve this bad boy with rice if you want to. If you add the carbs it will go further but dinner will take a smidge longer as you wait for the rice to cook.

Sriracha Honey Beef Stir Fry in a bowl on a table with chopsticks

Print Recipe
Sriracha Honey Beef Stir Fry
Sriracha Honey Beef Stir Fry is an easy gluten-free dinner, stuffed with veggies and packed with flavour.
Sriracha Honey Beef Stir Fry in a bowl on a table with chopsticks
Course Main Dish
Cuisine British
Keyword beef
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
2-4 people
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 400 g beef mince
  • 1 teaspoon garlic granules
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 450 g crunchy vegetable stir fry mix
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos or tamari
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons furikake optional but tasty and adds crunch
Course Main Dish
Cuisine British
Keyword beef
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
2-4 people
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 400 g beef mince
  • 1 teaspoon garlic granules
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 450 g crunchy vegetable stir fry mix
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos or tamari
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons furikake optional but tasty and adds crunch
Sriracha Honey Beef Stir Fry in a bowl on a table with chopsticks
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large flat bottomed sauce pan or wok.
  2. Add the beef mince, breaking it up into small pieces then sprinkle over the garlic granules and the pinch of salt. Continue frying for about 4-5 minutes until the beef mince has browned.
  3. Meanwhile whisk together the sriracha, honey, coconut aminos and sesame oil and set aside for a moment.
  4. Add the vegetable stir fry mix and cook on high heat for 5 minutes until the vegetables are just passed crunchy. Then pour over the sriracha honey sauce.
  5. Stir everything together for a minute or so then remove from the heat and sprinkle over the furikake before serving.
Recipe Notes

Serve with or without rice, depending on your mood for carbs.

SHOP THE RECIPE

Coconut aminos is a larder staple for me which is a gluten-free and soy-free alternative to soy sauce. I personally prefer the taste of coconut aminos to tamari (which is gluten-free but does contain soy) but it is a little pricier. The brand of coconut aminos I love is Cocofina Organic Coconut Amino – Alternative to Soy Sauce 250ml which has a delicious flavour and is what I used in this recipe.

Some of the links above are affiliate links so if you decide to buy your flour using the link then I will get a small commission from Amazon at no cost to you. To learn more about how the data processing works when using these Amazon affiliate links then please visit my privacy policy page.

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Valentines Day means Chinese to us. There have only been a couple of times where we have bothered booking somewhere smart and fancy, but set menus, surrounded by other couples don’t really signify romance to me. On Valentines Day you will either find us holed up in Chinatown where you can always get a table, a huge dinner and unobtrusive service or at home cooking a banquet together where the emphasis is not on the end result but the act of cooking as a couple.

Lemon, Honey and Sesame Chicken

In fact one of my most memorable Valentines nights was when we decided to cook ourselves a night out in Chinatown. We mixed over-the-top cocktails that insisted upon using every alcoholic drink in our cabinet and was tantalisingly aqua marine with umbrellas and glace cherries. We drank these far too quickly whilst pouring over Chinese cookbooks and making a royal mess as well as sesame prawn toasts, char siu pork, egg fried rice and broccoli in oyster sauce. We finished with the requisite deep fried bananas, which always ensures a blistered tongue, and vanilla ice cream which melted as soon as it hit the bananas.

Lemon, Honey and Sesame Chicken

Spending hours in the kitchen isn’t as fun as it normally is at the moment with my increasing bump getting in the way of the kitchen counter, my lower back threatening to give out at any minute and bending down to get my bottom kitchen cabinets requiring about five minutes of recuperation time. So, we need to make haste with our Valentines preparations and there is no quicker and more delicious Chinese dish to make at home than this Lemon, Honey and Sesame Chicken. It’s a meal that I can happily make for the two of us, or if Luke is away then just me on my lonesome, it really is that little bother. Not to mention it tastes a million times better than the bland and greasy MSG filled takeaway at the end of the phone.

Lemon, Honey and Sesame Chicken

Print Recipe
Lemon, Honey and Sesame Chicken
Lemon, Honey and Sesame Chicken is deliciously tender with a sticky crunchy coating. A quick weeknight staple which is a million times better than a takeaway.
Lemon, Honey and Sesame Chicken
Course Main Dish
Cuisine British
Keyword chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
4 people (or 2 with plenty of yummy leftovers so you can have cold Chinese the next morning)
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless chicken thighs with skin diced (or 3 chicken breasts)
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos or tamari
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
Course Main Dish
Cuisine British
Keyword chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
4 people (or 2 with plenty of yummy leftovers so you can have cold Chinese the next morning)
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless chicken thighs with skin diced (or 3 chicken breasts)
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos or tamari
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
Lemon, Honey and Sesame Chicken
Instructions
  1. Place the cornflour, five-spice, garlic powder, zest of the lemon and salt in a bowl and whisk together until evenly mixed.
  2. Toss the diced chicken into the cornflour mixture until thoroughly coated.
  3. Heat up the coconut oil in a large wide bottomed saucepan or wok until hot then add the chicken, cooking on a medium to hot temperature until crispy and cooked through.
  4. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  5. Whisk the honey, coconut aminos and juice from half of the lemon together until combined then pour into the pan. Bubble up for a minute then add the chicken back in along with the sesame seeds and cook for a further minute until piping hot.
  6. Serve with rice stir-fried with beansprouts, spring onions and extra coconut aminos drizzled over.
Recipe Notes

*coconut aminos is a gluten-free and soy-free alternative to soy sauce. You can use soy sauce or tamari if you are not gluten-free

SHOP THE RECIPE

Coconut aminos is a larder staple for me which is a gluten-free and soy-free alternative to soy sauce. I personally prefer the taste of coconut aminos to tamari (which is gluten-free but does contain soy) but it is a little pricier. The brand of coconut aminos I love is Cocofina Organic Coconut Amino – Alternative to Soy Sauce 250ml which has a delicious flavour and is what I used in this recipe.

Some of the links above are affiliate links so if you decide to buy your flour using the link then I will get a small commission from Amazon at no cost to you. To learn more about how the data processing works when using these Amazon affiliate links then please visit my privacy policy page.

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