Carrot Top Pesto and The Idiot
As anyone who has ever talked to me, like, probably ever, knows, I'm a big fan of The Office. I've seen it the whole way through probably 15 times, and if I have the remote and 20 minutes, that's what we're watching. My family and I started watching the show in high school after my brother showed us the fire drill episode (iconic), and I've never looked back. It's gotten me far in life, from forming the foundation of friendships to providing perfect reaction gifs for literally any scenario. Yes, it's just a TV show, but no, it's actually more than that: it's my lifestyle.
This week I read a fabulous article in Rolling Stone celebrating the tenth anniversary of an all-time favorite episode, "The Dinner Party." It's a great article, well-worth the read, and it made me look at an old classic episode in new light, which was both cool, touching, and alarming because I realized I know the episode by heart. And yes, I one hundred percent made Colin watch it with me that night and pause it every three seconds to tell him some new trivia. I'm great to hang out with.
And speaking of revamping old classics, go grab those carrot greens you thought you were going to throw away and use them instead to give pesto a new zing. This pesto is the besto. Yes, I went there. Then you can go read a book called The Idiot that isn't the one written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It's written by a really talented woman called Elif Batuman. Everyone is winning here. Also, here is another gif because you can't talk about a book called The Idiot without talking about Dwight.
Carrot Top Pesto
Because genius is genius is genius.
Carrot Top PestoBy Page & Plate, April 13, 2018
It's time for a pesto-vention. It's like an intervention but with pesto. Get it? Pesto is EASY to make. But basil is really expensive and not looking to hot in the store right now. But you know what does? Carrots with the tops still on. Grab 'em, chop the tops of, and let's make some mother-freaking pesto — with some help from Old Town Oil, of course! Note: You don't need to put this pesto with the asparagus, per my humble suggestion. It works great on pizza, in salad, and on bruschetta.
Makes: 2 cups
- greens from one-pound bunch of carrots
- 1/2-1 cup of olive oil
- 1 cup of sourdough bread, stale and torn into pieces
- 1 lemon, juiced and zested
- Add the carrot top greens to a powerful blender. Blitz until chunky. At this point, you're double checking the recipe like "there is no way this is turning into pesto, lady." Just trust me.
- While the blender or food processor is roaring, slowly drizzle in the olive oil. You are probably still in disbelief that this will work. Keep drizzling, and all of the sudden, it will start to look like pesto. You may not need all of the olive oil, and you may need to add more. It's a toss up.
- Add the salt, pepper, sourdough chunks, and lemon juice AND zest to the blender. Taste, adjust the seasoning, then give it a final blitz and put that shit on anything you like. For me, this means a plate of those very carrots from which we greened, roasted at 400 for 15 minutes. But again, up to you.
Plot: The Idiot follows Selin's freshman year at Harvard in the year 1995, just as email catches on and prompts her to forge new kinds of relationships.
Thoughts: This book. I wasn't in love with it when I started reading it, but I found it very compelling — almost like a train wreck, but very slow motion and with intricate details and moments of hilarity. The arc of the book is simply a year in the life of a young woman trying to understand her identify, her passions, and her relationships, and damn if it doesn't work like a charm for Elif Batuman.
Selin is dramatic in the way that only a college freshman can be, and it was painfully nostalgic. Her voice is fresh, quirky, and way over-the-top, and I'm pretty sure that any 20-something could find some of themselves in her story and the way it is told. In that way, it pained me, made me laugh, and caused me to scoff, both at Selin and at the Laura of freshman year.
The thing I ended up loving most about this book was how nothing huge and crazy happened. It was just her life, her thoughts, her day. Though it was a risky move, it worked, making this book charming and quirky.
Verdict: Definitely a good one for any young woman who has ever gone through a period of change (so any young woman). Grab a copy here.
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