More than just a pesto!







I was lucky enough to receive two gorgeous jars of pesto from the Royal Headquarters, and was really impressed from the moment I saw (and tasted) them!

Pesto Princess Foods has been manufacturing the best basil pesto south of the equator for the past 10 years. The range has expanded to include Pesto Princess exotic spice pastes, dips and relishes. The ‘princess’ herself, Kathleen Quillinan, has a passion for food, music and people. All of this passion is combines to make Pesto Princess the unique, quirky, excellent business mix that it is today. All of the products are free from preservatives, flavourants and colourants.

Think pesto is only a sauce of crushed basil leaves, a few pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil? Think again! These ladies take pesto to a whole new level!

The pesto princesses have such a nice attitude, and it is really fun interacting with them on twitter and Facebook.

They have 6 pesto varieties:

Thai (coriander and chilli)
Greek (with feta and olives)
Rocket & Walnut
Red (sweet red peppers and sundried tomatoes)
Aubergine & Olive








I received the Red and Basil pesto, and was hooked instantly. The Red Pesto has a smoky flavour, which I used with almost everything (on my provitas, pasta, plain toast…and a few bites right out of the bottle!) The Basil pesto really gave a real Italian flavour to pizza and pasta. What’s great is that the pesto can be freezed for up to 3 months, and can be used from the freezer. That means you can get one in every flavour!


PESTO PRINCESS’s secret is simple: generosity and integrity, hand in hand



Twitter: @Pesto_Princess

Palace Telephone: 021 709 0915

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What to do with pesto? Here are some tips from the princesses themselves:

1. Add a heaped teaspoon to a plate of recently cooked pasta. A little extra olive oil will help it spread easily. Serve with extra grated parmesan and black pepper. (I tried this and it is YUMMY!)

2. Pesto compliments any egg dishes like omelettes, fried or scrambled eggs or quiches
3. Pesto makes great salad dressing: simply mix a generous dollop into your usual vinaigrette
4. Pesto can be used to marinade and baste grilled meats, chicken and fish
5. Pesto makes a great dip: mix into mayo or cream cheese
6. Pesto can be baked into muffins and breads
7. Pesto makes quick garlic bread: mash pesto into butter, spread in a sliced french loaf and bake in the oven, wrapped in foil (Another winner!)
8. Pesto makes a great topping for baked potatoes (And you thought potatoes can’t get more delicious)

9. Pesto is great in sandwiches, wraps and on toast
10. Any soup tastes and looks great with a big spoon of pesto stirred into each bowl



5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lipgloss Kisses
    May 01, 2012 @ 13:25:03

    Congrats on your new blog. :) x

    Chicara (csj16 from BB)


  2. greenthinkin
    May 01, 2012 @ 13:59:32

    Thanks Chicara! :)


  3. SAFWiBI
    May 06, 2012 @ 14:20:51

    I love their products and I also love Kathleen and Candice. Such lovely folk. I use their pestos a lot. They make wonderful chicken strips. I mix some with bulgarian yoghurt and then pop my chicken fillets (which I have beaten flat and cut into strips) into it to marinade for about half an hour. I make breadcrumbs with some fresh bread and mix in some finely chopped herbs like tarragon and thyme, a bit of salt flakes and some pepper grindings and then I dip the marinaded chicken into the breadcrumbs then into a hot pan with a tiny bit of olive oil to brown quickly on either side. They dont need much cooking because they are so flat. Quick and so delicious! And it works with any of the pesto flavours :) xx


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