Thai Basil Pesto

This week I feel like I’m cheating you out of a recipe because this one only has one step in the instructions. Okay, it has two steps but the second one doesn’t count.

Thai Basil Pesto

Prep Time: 10 Minutes (+30 mins-1 hour to let the flavors mesh)

Serves: 6-8



  • 1 Cup of Basil Leaves, packed
  • Handful of Roasted Peanuts
  • 3 Thai Chilis
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1/2 Lime
  • 1/2 Cup of Olive Oil
  • Pinch of Sugar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


1. Combine all ingredients in the food processor and slowly pour the olive oil in.

2. Put in a bowl and let sit for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors infuse.


This pesto was the perfect goodbye to summer and basil. I think the weather agrees with me because it was Fogtown USA almost the whole day, I had to break out the sweat pants while studying at home.

(Or shall I say Karltown USA?)

We finally used up the last of the prosciutto. I do not mean to offend it, but holy moly did it last forever. I wasn’t sure if it was going through mitosis in my fridge overnight but it seemed never ending. It also doesn’t go bad for a long time so I had no excuse to throw it away.

I give myself two weeks before I find myself craving it again…but don’t let me buy it until then. Please.

(Also had to use up the last eggplant, so I remade the Panko Eggplant Caprese. Just not as fancy.)


Taylor and I had the bright idea last week that crepes after a huge lunch would make us feel better. On our way to the Richmond district, I found out that she has never went to Twin Peaks. I can’t believe she has never been to Twin Peaks. As a good friend, I detoured over the hill and showed her one of the most incredible views of San Francisco.

It also helped that there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.

PS: I never really felt like a tourist in my own city until I paid to use one of the sight-seeing machines.


My favorite crepes are at Genki Crepes on Clement St., they are the only place I know of that will put cheesecake inside. You have not lived until you tried a crepe with cheesecake.

Strawberries, bananas, nutella, cheesecake and light whip cream.


Double-fisting the crepes Jersey style. I forgot the reason for this picture but I believe it is because I wanted to show you how huge they are. To be honest, we only ate half before feeling like a mistake was made. They were so delicious but these crepes are definitely for sharing.


Have you tried these Asian drinks? It comes with a marble at the opening and you have to use a tool that comes with it to pop it in, then everything carbonates and the marble is stuck in the middle of the opening. I made it much more complicated than it actually is but they so remind me of my childhood.

Taylor lives the dangerous life. She picked the Melon flavor which we both never heard of before.


School has been really hectic and I find my thoughts going back and forth if I should keep blogging or not. Believe it or not, it requires at least 20 hours a week if I’m doing it the proper way and not half-assing everything (like I have been doing the past month). Between recipes, taking pictures, writing, editing, commenting and behind the scenes problems, I sometimes feel like a unpaid intern at my very own show. However, I love communicating with all the other bloggers in the world. It really gives me something to look forward to early in the morning. I love going back and reading my old posts and seeing what I did or ate that day. I love seeing how my direction of a writer has went left, right and into a completely different direction. Finally, I love hitting the goals I made when I first started blogging. It’s like a PR for runners. I feel accomplished.

Bloggers, do you ever feel run-down? Anyone want to share their pesto fusion concoctions?

20 thoughts on “Thai Basil Pesto

  1. I plan on making pesto tonight! I love your version too, as Thai flavors are some of my favorite!

    And you’re not the only one that contemplates their blogging “career!” I go back and forth on whether or not I want to keep it up. I’ve decided that as long as it’s still fun for me, I’ll keep going. The day it feels more like a burden, I’ll stop. We’ll see… πŸ™‚

  2. I think everyone feels that way about blogging at one point or another. When it stops becoming a fun hobby and starts taking up every single free moment of your time is when I think you should slow down or stop all together. I tryyyyy to find a balance between work, blogging, and free time. Try is the key word. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes not so much.

  3. Pesto with Thai flair sounds great πŸ™‚ I make with kale and spinach sometimes. In terms of blogging – sometimes it overwhelms be and takes a LOT of my time but so far its been really worthwhile for me. in terms of writing and exploring different food and meeting amazing people AKA you πŸ˜› If its taking over your studies – maybe consider cutting down the number of times you post? I am sure everyone will understand it.

  4. as per usual im drooling at my computer. that thai pesto sounds AMAZING. and that crepe- need it, want it, wish i had it right now. also- i love your shirt in that sight-seeing machine pic!! SO cute! when it comes to blogging – it is literally another job (that you dont get paid for) i think its important to keep it in perspective- if you need a few days, or a week, away from it to focus on life, i think thats more than ok and necessary sometimes so you dont get burnt out!

  5. I agree whole-heartely with dixya:: maybe releasing one hum-dinger of a post per week would be more manageable (not sure if that would yield the same ROI on your time though).
    I heart your adventures and your voice.. you’re taking in SF one bite at a time and for those of us who read remotely, it’s so delicious to read in every way. So please, don’t go away..

    Ha! about pesto-palooza! Evidently, pesto is the new hummus!

    I had a bunch of rogue cilantro and a couple near-death basil leaves, so I made me an asian one too – adding almond butter, soy sauce, pinch of salt, dash of lemon, tiny spoonful o’ raw sugar.
    It was a little thicker, but still drizzle-able on chicken lettuce wraps.

  6. This pesto sounds so good especially with peanuts in em’.
    Blogging, now that can get quite overwhelming but as long as it doesn’t affect the routine and’s fine.
    You will know when to take a step back. I’ve asked this question to myself quite often, as to what I want out of blogging. Right now, I’m enjoying the process.

  7. I love that pesto recipe! How awesome is that!? Never would have thought of it. I think all bloggers feel a little burned out trying to balance blog, work, life and family. It’s totally ok to feel like that because we all do. I just do my best and realize that I can’t be a great blogger 100% of the time. I would be very sad if you stopped blogging though because you have a really unique voice.

  8. First of all, that pesto looks and sounds amazing. i just used a basil pesto (store bought) the other night and remember just how crucial pesto is to any pasta style dish. it really is delish and your rendition looks and sounds like my kind of pesto! you may deliver me some in a cute mason jar, please and thank you.
    I HAVE NEVER HAD A CREPE and I REALLY WANT ONE OF THOSE! I’ll share, I’ll share! Cheesecake crepe? I mean, where does the insanity end? So delicious but definitely not something you want to overeat! LOL!
    Yes, I feel rundown when my actual real life becomes busy, but I’m learning it’s okay to step away and give my blog the time it deserves when it deserves it. I think your posts are amazing and your photography skills are superb so i can understand why yours takes some quality time to put together. Mine on the other hand, is half assed all the time. Don’t ever feel burnt out, and if you do, step away. You know everyone will return when you do! πŸ™‚

  9. I totally feel that way about blogging! It’s actually taking over my life…I mean I love it but I’m legit going to give myself a hernia.

    And I’m not kidding when I say I want to be your best friend once I move to SF. Your life is too cool!

  10. I love those Asian drinks! My best friend and I used to buy them all the time. We think they’re so cool.

    Totally know what you mean about blogging. I try to blog just for myself, so if I don’t post, it’s not like I’m letting anyone down. I’ve definitely had months where I posted way less. It all just depends on how busy I am and what’s more important. When I was busy with wedding details the blog too a major backseat.

  11. That pesto looks positively delicious – I could put it on so many things!!!! And love the use of peanuts.
    I often find it a lot of work to blog – especially when there are so many other demands of life – a full time job, home , a toddler and friends etc. It is fun though – and thats why we keep doing it. I take a break from it everytime it gets too much – hence Im not as consistent blogger. It happens when it happens!

  12. First of all, this recipe looks spicay and delicous. Second, that sucks that Karl is back. I thought it was supposed to be nice for a while?
    Third, those crepes are insane. They sounds amazing but I would definitely have a belly ache after that one.
    Fourth (whew!) I can SO relate to feeling run-down and questioning if I should keep blogging. It is so time consuming and it doesn’t pay the bills, unfortunately. But I love connecting with people like you on here so please don’t stop!! It’s okay if you have to cut back some, don’t feel bad. But I hope you still stick around. πŸ™‚

  13. Hunnie, you’re not alone with feeling run down from blogging. I honestly think every blogger goes through that period more than once a year. It’s very time consuming and can honestly take up so much time. I find that when you start feeling this way, just take a step back, refocus it, and come back when you’re ready. All of your readers adore you – so don’t think for a second that you’ll lose your audience <3

  14. So much pesto in the blog world right now- I have Heather’s (kissmybroccoli) recipe to give mum to process this weekend! I love pesto.

    Those crepes….amazing looking! I love/hate your posts. I leave craving crepes, creme brulee, burgers.

    I often feel run down but it comes down to poor time management for me..oops! Hope things settle for you. I think I might take a blogging break soon!

  15. Thai basil pesto?! That is a truly amazing sounding concoction! Why have I never thought to make any kind of pesto beyond classic Italian pesto?!
    That cheesecake crepe is literally making me want to eat my screen. That would be totally normal right? πŸ˜‰
    I here you on the blog thing… I’ve obviously been seriously slacking in the blog world. I feel really bad that I can’t comment on everyone’s posts and post as much as I’d like, but I really don’t want to give it up completely because like you I love the connections I make with others and the “journal” aspect of it. You can always just pop in when you have time! πŸ™‚

  16. Good Gawsh – those crepes look insane! TAUNTINGLY insane!
    And love the pesto with peanuts! This pesto would be scrumptious with avocado and eggs πŸ™‚
    And…whats this about summer being over??? I. DON’T. THINK. SO.
    (Am so not ready for fall weather)
    You are correct – its the connections that make this blog world oh so awesome! Have to agree with everyone else…maybe posting less often (though you will be so missed) might work to make things a little less hectic?

  17. It’s so sad when food doesn’t spoil or takes forever to spoil, really makes you wonder what the hell is in it. Sometimes when I see fungus on food I get so happy, because I’m like YAY, at least it went bad.
    This caprese eggplant looks ridic, i Have to try it soon!

  18. Confession: I haven’t been to Twin Peaks yet, either. Well, I drove through it once when I was lost, I think.

    I’m having a bit of a what-am-I-doing-blogging this week, but I think it’s because I’m so busy and trying to figure out my new schedule. What keeps me going is looking at my old posts from a year or two ago. I’m really glad I started blogging when Squish was little, because it helps me reminisce of those days and look at how far we’ve come … and reminds me why I’m not ready for another kid yet. I’ve stopped feeling apologetic if I miss a day or if a post is rather lackluster. When you’re blogging for you, you’re the only one who really cares. And I always regret what I’ve missed when I take extended blogging hiatuses. But sometimes you need to recharge. Do what feels right for you, the blogging community will always be here! πŸ™‚

    • I’m happy you said that you regretted taking the extended blogging breaks because that’s what really keeps me going. I know it’s easier to trek through to the brighter side instead of feeling sad because you stopped.

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