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Sunday 14th December 2008

Hay Hay it’s Donna Day - Pesto

Pesto Potatoes

Donna Hay’s Rough Chop Basil Pesto on New Jersey Benne Potatoes, Pan-fried Akaroa Salmon & Simple Garden Salad

I’ve fallen in love with Donna Hay’s Rough Chop Pesto method, this months HHDD recipe as chosen by Joey of 80 Breakfasts our delightful host. Often after a day immersed in homeschooling, messy crafts or gardening in hot and windy weather. I’m hungry and tired like the rest of the family and to be honest the last thing I want to do is cook!
I love cooking for sure, yet, just like most people there are some days when I feel right darn lazy. On these days if we lived in a town, or the city we’d probably succumb to some Indian takeaways, sadly however we don’t and so on these days we fall to one of our favourites and what is a really easily prepared meal instead.


A quick phone call or text to J before he leaves work; “Please, can you pick up a side of salmon on the way home?”
means we can spend the money we would have on takeaways on something a lot more satisfying, healthy and yet a very simple meal in minutes.
We buy our Akaroa Salmon from the factory shop, the fish hardly needs to hit the pan it’s so incredibly fresh you could be having it raw and as you know we often do!

Donna Hay’s Rough Chop Pesto method is ideal for these lazy nights too. I far prefer rinsing a knife than lugging my super heavy mortar and pestle to the sink, or cleaning down all the attachments of my food processor.
I’m pretty handy with a knife too, even if I do say so myself. Certainly my W√úSTHOF chef’s knife is the most loved and most well used kitchen tool I own.

We coated some of our new potatoes, Jersey Bennes (my favourite!) in basil pesto. Fresh from our garden these sweet little potatoes’ skins easily rub off under the running tap.
Together with a simple salad; thrown together with from fresh leaves also found in the garden and a portion of pan-fried Akaroa salmon, you have a super delicious, healthy meal.

We stuck with the authentic and original basil flavour, however I’m keen to try the same method with mint to serve over mange tout, baby peas and with some lamb chops off the BBQ real soon. You can make a delicious pesto out of any herb you have an abundance of. Pop on over to Joey’s for the basil pesto recipe and the method which is sure to make pesto part of your family’s quick and easy go-to meals.

Pesto Potatoes

The deadline for HHDD #24 has been extended for the rest of the weekend, so if you’re super quick you can also join us and be included for Joey’s roundup. Go on! - it’s super easy and doesn’t your weekend deserve some yummy pesto too?!



  1. Fresh, simple and so good ! I should give a try at this way of making pesto.

    Vanille — Sunday 14th December 2008 2:30 pm

  2. This is fabulous Bron! I can imagine how lovely it would be over some warm potatoes! We live right in the middle of the city, as in smack in the business district, so there are tons of take-away opportunities for when we are feeling lazy (and since there are so many call centers here a lot of the fast food is open 24 hours!)…but I always feel a bit bad after buying take-out — like we could have had something better, healthier, and cheaper!, if only I had used what we had or did a quick run for some fresh fish or meat, or even just thrown together some pasta and veg. I love how you have fresh produce in your garden, not to mention fresh air (!!!)…reading your blog is me living that life vicariously! You are always a breath of fresh air :) Thank you from the bottom of my city-exhaust-clogged heart! :)

    joey — Sunday 14th December 2008 8:13 pm

  3. YUM!!! So fresh and good :o) xxx

    Colleen — Sunday 14th December 2008 8:41 pm

  4. YES! You are blogging, see, you can if you want. Pesto and potatoes is such a great combination but then I think, as the Swede I am, that potatoes are good with almost anything! And now you made me hungry, it’s 10 am here and I want to eat lunch NOW! Bad Bron, bad!

    ilva — Sunday 14th December 2008 10:01 pm

  5. Lovely! I love pesto with potatoes! A scrumptious dish!



    Rosa — Sunday 14th December 2008 10:38 pm

  6. Looks delicious!


    Paz — Monday 15th December 2008 12:19 pm

  7. Never tried this combination…looks rocking good. I love the quick way you made it…it’s lovely!!

    Deeba — Monday 15th December 2008 4:23 pm

  8. yummy! love this for dinner. *my tummy is grumbling now*

    arfi — Monday 15th December 2008 4:49 pm

  9. Hi Bron

    Just wanted to drop you a line as your blog combines two things that I love - food and New Zealand!!

    I was in New Zealand nearly ten years ago and still dream about the fantastic vegetable muffins I had - they never seem to taste as good when I have tried my own recipes here in Scotland. I also visited Akaroa - but I must have missed the fish farm. I worked in Norway for a salmon farming company and always looking for new recipes for this yummy fish.

    LOVE YOUR BLOG!!! I will be back! :-)))

    Anne-Marie — Wednesday 17th December 2008 11:31 am

  10. Now that’s a simple way to dress up a spud! Thanks, Bron.

    Susan from Food Blogga — Thursday 18th December 2008 11:38 am

  11. I’ve got a set of Wustof’s too! Aren’t they the best?! :)

    Those new potatoes look like gorgeous big glossy pearls. Beautiful.

    Christie @ fig&cherry — Friday 19th December 2008 12:02 am

  12. I am so making that tonight! BTW, your soup totally cured me! I think I ate most of it on my own!!
    Your pictures are making my stomach growl!

    Tartelette — Friday 19th December 2008 3:22 am

  13. Brilliant way to get us to eat potatoes!

    Bordeaux — Friday 19th December 2008 12:02 pm

  14. I am absolutely in love with the lighting of your photographs.

    Cynthia — Saturday 20th December 2008 9:07 am

  15. Oh wow! Salmon with some form of potatoes and salad is such a wonderful standby dish. I am going to check out the pesto recipe as we don’t make our own nearly often enough - for precisely the reasons you mention :)

    Jeanne — Thursday 8th January 2009 1:44 am

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