Cilantro Pesto and Krakow Pajda

Pajda is what to ask for in Krakow. Pajda means “thick slice” – of country bread, upon which is smeared lard, garlic, onions, and spicy sausage. Pajda goes well with hunger.

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Krakow was easily my favorite city in Eastern Europe. Great energy to the place, the bombs of WWII missed it, and there happened to be a street festival in the square with pajda, minstrels, and all kinds of artisans. KP and I were joking about finding a polish sausage to eat for dinner. And then I realized that Polish sausage isn’t a joke.

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And cilantro pesto goes well with everything. Just like KP.

Cilantro Pesto

Adapted from My Favourite Pastime

1/2 cup raw cashew nuts or walnuts or pine nuts

5 cloves garlic chopped

1 small onion finely chopped

2 cups loosely packed cilantro

1 teaspoon dried chili flakes

1 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste

4 tablespoons lemon juice

4 teaspoons white wine vinegar

½-2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Place the cashew nuts, walnuts garlic, onion, parsley, cilantro, chili flakes, salt, lemon juice and vinegar in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until roughly chopped. Slowly pour in the olive oil and process until semi-smooth, about 10 seconds. You can put this on anything– SOOO good!

Haikus coming– can’t find my notebook in the midst of this packing and painting!

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