Pizza with Basil Walnut Pesto Sauce

Hmm…fresh herbs so I decided to use basilfor this recipes superfood and I made basil walnut pesto sauce and put it in a pizza.

Here is the recipe for the sauce:

* 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves, (2-3 bunches)
* 1/4 cup walnut pieces, toasted
* 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
* 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
* 3 tablespoons water
* 1 large clove garlic, minced
* 1/2 teaspoon salt and freshly ground pepper

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And from there placed it on top of the pizza. We used feta cheese, walnuts, and tomatoes as our toppings :-).

After two years of working…

I think I found a grad school program I’d like to get into–Masters in Bioengineering and it’s something that I’m really interested in. I mean I’m already working in the biomedical research industry and I like it enough to pursue a more advanced degree. Also lately at work I’ve been working with more machines (for research development) on top of my tissue culture and antibody work.

So I looked into the UCSD and SDSU program, they were pretty vague what classes they were looking for but I have the main thing they really want: a science degree or an engineering degree. But they also emphasis a strong background in math and physics. I got the physics part down but math, I only went as far as calculus II and that was in my freshmen year and I haven’t taken a math class since. From all my engineering friends they’ve all gone as far as differential equations  (some people took some obscure named math class) so I believe I have to take Calc III, Linear Algebra, and Differential Equations.I have a friend who went into a Ph.D. in chemical engineering coming from a biochemistry undergrad degree and on top of his Ph.D. he needs to study for differential equations so I think it’s a good idea I take a differential equations class. I was also looking into classes from community college that would help me prepare into the masters program and they also suggested I take electric circuits (ugh!) and statics and computer programming but really, I think I should see the counselor to see what classes I need to take.

I was looking into community college classes because I was thinking of taking a refresher course in calc I for the summer but the bad news is that they’re not offering community college classes in the summer :-(. So I thought maybe I’ll take calc II the coming fall and review really hard for calc I.

So still mapping it out as far as time management and money goes. I was talking about it with my boss–she said I’ll be super busy but I’ll be really efficient.

Steamed artichokes

A few days ago, I was reading an article called “Top 10 superfood for spring” and my goal is to try to make a dishes with any of the superftoods to get cooking muscles going (so yeah…trying to span beyond pasta, hot pockets, and quesidillas). For my first try I wanted to do artichokes–I love artichokes on my pizza and sandwiches but tonight I decided to do something simple which is steam artichokes and dip.

So basically I cut the tips of the artichoke and take out the outer leaves. Let it boil in a sauce pan of water. I added freshly lemon juice on top,olive oil,  minced garlic, salt, pepper, and herbs of provence (you can use whatever herbs you want). I really should’ve taken out more outer leaves because some of them were really tough to eat or maybe I should’ve cut more of the tops on the outer leaves.

Here’s well–what it looks like on the plate. So yummy. I made the dip too it’s really simple just put olive oil and add some vinegar, some lemon juice, and whatever herbs you like.

Really easy dinner and so yummy! Would definitely make this again :-). I definitely would like to try to make more things like my favorite dipping sauce chimichurri–easy to make but I’ve been craving this one lately. Haven’t had chimichurri in years! I look forward to dipping hawaiian rolls or pandesal in some chimichurri.

It’s almost Friday

Much more bearable–agreed???

My favorite part in the lyrics how they mentioned eating cereal–I mean how did they know? I do like to go deep into thought over a bowl of cereal because breakfast is the most important part of the day!