Soba Noodles w/ Parsley Pesto & Giveaway : and I shall have some peace there

The giveaway has ended and congrats to Rebecca, comment #46 for winning the book!

Margaret Roach, the former Editorial Director of Martha Stewart and now author of the memoir “And I Shall Have Some Peace There”, has a story that we can all relate to at some point in our lives.

She asks in her author video, “Did you ever just want to get up from your desk one day and just walk away? and I don’t mean to just walk away and get a latte… “. Many of us probably have wanted to walk away from our desks for serious reasons other than to just get a cup of coffee.

Margaret actually did walk away, and not for her morning hit of caffeine, but from a highly success career as Editorial Director in bustling New York City and traded it all for peace and solitude in the rural town of 300. She took the chance, and found the courage to take care of herself first and left it all for more time digging in the dirt, working in the garden and finding the tranquility that she craved so long for.

This lady has some serious gusto, the guts to drop all the success she worked so hard for over 30 years to live in rural solitude to find personal creativity.

Some might find this crazy, but for most of us, this certainly makes so much sense. Unlike others who struggle with un-happy careers and conflicting life choices, Margaret found the courage to make sense of it all and shares her story beautifully in her memoir.

Margaret is a renaissance woman, an artist, a crafter, and gardener who has found her peace by doing everything that she loves and shares it on her New York Times award winning garden blog, A Way To Garden. Thanks to our friend Jaden who introduced us to her, we’ve been able to participate in Margaret’s Summer and Fall Fest events.

This book is the perfect feast for anyone looking to find inspiration and focus back in life. You’ll gobble it up and still feel great in the end.

We are thrilled to share this book with everyone, and one lucky person will get a free copy.  We are giving away one copy of “and I shall have some peace”.  See the following guidelines:

**Leave your comments below to enter the book giveaway. It’s a treasure. Giveaway ends on Sunday, February 27, 2011 at midnight PST. Winner will be selected by random number generator and announced back on this post on Monday, February 28, 2011

All of her gardening tips and forum on Away To Garden are so valuable and helpful to gardeners of all levels. She wrote how to grow and store parsley for a year and included was a technique for making parsley pesto.

This recipe is inspired by Margaret, from one of her many valuable posts on cooking from the garden. Parsley is often overlooked when it comes to pesto. And reading her post was a such a refreshing change from basil pesto. Plus, as most of us gardeners know, Italian parsley is much hardier than basil and we are able to grow it earlier than basil. Some of us are lucky enough to be able to grow it all year long… cough, cough.

If you love pesto, you will love this recipe. It’s so simple, fresh and full of flavor, you won’t miss the basil at all.

You can use any type of noodle or pasta that you prefer, but our choice was buckwheat soba noodles. With Spring approaching, it felt so appropriate to prepare the parsley pesto with something delicate and healthy to bring in the new, revitalizing weather.

This is a simple, wholesome and satisfying dish. Sometimes, we just need to simply a few things in life, including what we eat and how we live.  Thank you, Margaret.

Other Soba Noodle Recipes

Soba with Parsley Pesto Recipe

Yield: Serves approx. 4.

We love the bite and buckwheat taste of the soba noodles with the parsley pesto, but feel free to substitute whichever pasta you have on hand. The sauce would also be great for dressing chicken, fish, or on salads. *If you have raw pine nuts, to toast, heat a dry pan over medium heat, add pine nuts and toast until golden, shaking the pan frequently to help pine nuts toast evenly. Can be served at warm or at room temperature, depending on your preference.  If serving warm, make sauce first.

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. dried Soba Noodles
  • 3/4 c roughly chopped Italian Parsley (flat leaf parsley)
  • 2 T Pine Nuts, toasted *see head note
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 T fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 T Sesame Oil
  • 1 1/2 T Soy Sauce
  • 3 T Grape Seed Oil, or other neutral tasting oil

Directions:

    Cook soba.

  1. Heat a large pot of water to a boil.  Add soba noodles, stir as they soften, and bring water back up to a simmer (not a boil). Simmer for 6-7 minutes or according to package directions. Noodles should still have a slight firmness, and not be mushy.
  2. Strain soba and rinse well using the correct water temperature. *If serving warm, rinse under hot water, if serving soba at room temperature, rinse under cold water.
  3. While soba cooks,make parsley sauce.

  4. Combine parsley, pine nuts, garlic, lemon juice, sesame oil, soy sauce, and grape seed oil in a food processor (preferably in smaller bowl if possible) and blend ingredients together until smooth.
  5. Toss noodles with sauce and serve.
Recipe Source: WhiteOnRiceCouple.com.

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