September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.u00c2u00a0 I have participated at this event last year as well and I shall continue to support it because every woman must be aware of this silent killer.

Michelle ofBleeding Espressoand Sara of Ms Adventures in Italy are sponsoring an O Foods Contest.u00c2u00a0 Please see below for the details.u00c2u00a0 Please come and visit here in the next few days, when I shall post some of the recipes I have made featuring my favourite PestO.

CONTEST RULES

O Foods Contest for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and for the second year in a row, Sara of Ms Adventures in Italy and Michelle of Bleeding Espresso are hosting the O Foods Contest to raise awareness of this important health issue.
There are TWO WAYS to take part in the O Foods Contest:
ONE: Post a recipe to your blog using a food that starts or ends with the letter O (e.g., oatmeal, orange, okra, octopus, olive, onion, potato, tomato); include this entire text box in the post; and send your post url along with a photo (100 x 100) to ofoods[at]gmail[dot]com by 11:59 pm (Italy time) on Monday, September 28, 2009.
PRIZES for recipe posts:
  • 1st: Signed copy of Dolce Italiano: Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen by Gina DePalma, Executive Pastry Chef of Babbo Ristorante in NYC, who is currently battling ovarian cancer, inspired this event, and will be choosing her favorite recipe for this prize;
OR
TWO: If you’re not into the recipe thing, simply post this entire text box in a post on your blog to help spread the word and send your post url to ofoods[at]gmail[dot]com by 11:59 pm (Italy time) on Monday, September 28, 2009.
Awareness posts PRIZE:
  • One winner chosen at random will receive a Teal Toes tote bag filled with ovarian cancer awareness goodies that you can spread around amongst your friends and family.
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  • Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women; a woman’s lifetime risk of ovarian cancer is 1 in 67.
  • The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often vague and subtle, making it difficult to diagnose, but include bloating, pelvic and/or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly; and urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency).
  • There is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer but there are tests which can detect ovarian cancer when patients are at high risk or have early symptoms.
  • In spite of this, patients are usually diagnosed in advanced stages and only 45% survive longer than five years. Only 19% of cases are caught before the cancer has spread beyond the ovary to the pelvic region.
  • When ovarian cancer is detected and treated early on, the five-year survival rate is greater than 92%.

And remember, you can also always donate to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund at our page through FirstGiving!

Please help spread the word about ovarian cancer.

Together we can make enough noise to kill this silent killer.

Mint pesto is my favourite pesto, maybe because we love mint so much in Cyprus and we use it in a lot of our recipes.u00c2u00a0 Whenever I want to make a healthy pasta dish,u00c2u00a0 I add some pesto in it, about 1 tablespoon pesto for each serving.u00c2u00a0 I use it in other recipes as well, so I will be linking back to this post quite often.

I have made this pesto over and over againu00c2u00a0 with some other minor changes and I avoid adding the cheese in for many reasons, one being is that when we fast we don’t eat any dairy products.

The recipe for Mint Pesto is included in my cookbook Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!

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However, I will not leave you without a recipe. u00c2u00a0Here is the classic recipe for Basil Pesto:

Basil pesto

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups large basil leaves, loosely packed
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2/3 cup pine nuts
  • 3/4 – 1 Cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano

u00c2u00a0Directions:

  1. Put all the pesto ingredients, except the olive oil, in a food processor. Pulse until the ingredients are minced.
  2. Start adding the olive oil gradually. u00c2u00a0Stop u00c2u00a0to scrape down the sides of the food processor, if necessary.
  3. Continue adding olive oil until the mixture reaches the consistency of a thick sauce.
  4. Add cheese and mix.

Note:

After using the quantity I need, I then put the remaining into small Tupperware bowls and store it in the deep freezer for a long time. I thaw it a couple of hours before using and if I want cheese in it I mix it in then.

Basil pesto

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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  1. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Peter G u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Ivy I see you have used mint in this pesto. I do like the «Greek touches» you have made by including the almonds and the graviera. Brilliant! Can’t wait for more of the recipes!

  2. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Simona u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    A little while ago I made pesto with oregano after reading a post where you described it. Now you tempt me with a mint version: will do. Thanks for letting us know about the event.

  3. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Jen of a2eatwrite u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Oh, Ivy, what a WONDERFUL take on pesto! I have tons of mint right now and I may well try this. YUM.

    I have to work on my O foods post, too.

    Happy weekend!

  4. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Bunny u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Ivy you are so caring and such a wonderful friend. Your pesto looks delicious, I can’t wait to see the other recipes!

  5. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Lisa Henderson u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Oooh, I have some mint in my garden. Looking forward to seeing of some of your recipes to make some. Thanks bringing awareness for this problem, which is an affair of all women. Hopefully the younger generation will be much luckier.

  6. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Heni u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Very interesting flavours going on here .. i have made pesto with almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts … but never varied the cheese … love halloumi so I will try this out Ivy!

  7. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Katerina u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Hello Ivy, delightful recipes and your previous post on Issioma moved me so much, as my mother is from Ano Karyes and I spent many happy summers there as a child… Thank you!

  8. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Konstantina u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Hi Ivy!
    Thanks for spreading the word regarding ovarian cancer!
    I absolutely love pesto!

    P.S. The collection of pepper recipes in which you participated is now finally online…you can find it here: http://www.exeigousto.net/2009.....-peperoni/

    Cheers!

  9. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Living in the countryside and Fussili with Chicken, zucchini and pesto u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    [...] leaving, I made sure to bring a lot of mint with me.u00c2u00a0 The first thing I made was pesto. I used the mint fresh in salads and cooking and some of it I dried and some I preserved in olive [...]

  10. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Ben u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Those pictures reminded me so much of rural Mexico, the prickly pears, the cacti, the animals roaming freely, is there a better way to spend a vacation? I’ll try to participate in the event, because good causes are always the more fun :)

  11. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Bleeding Espresso » 2nd Annual O Foods Contest for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Roundup Part 1 u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    [...] course you can always mix it up with pasta as well for a snazzy primo piatto. Check out Ivy’s Mint Pesto with Almonds and Graviera at Kopiaste. Mmmm I can taste that minty goodness from here! Grazie mille [...]

  12. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 A different approach to Insalata Caprese u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    [...] made a twist on this salad using halloumi and mint as well, both in the form of pesto and fresh mint. I wanted to share this salad with you now that there are still some juicy tomatoes. Although this [...]

  13. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Homemade Italian Pizza and Greek Ladenia u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    [...] and onions every night.u00c2u00a0 To make it different, sometimes I add Marinara Sauce and some times Pesto (without the cheese) on the dough, depending on what I have at home.u00c2u00a0 The ingredients I add on top [...]

  14. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Scarlet Pesto with Piperies Florinis « Kopiaste..to Greek Hospitality u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    [...] of my favourite pestos is still Mint pesto but after making the Red Pepper Dip with Piperies Florinis, I decided that my next step would be to [...]

  15. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 brii u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    I love this!!
    can't wait until it stops raining to make this pesto.
    great idea, great event.
    thank you.
    baciussss
    My recent post something new in pink – PInk Saturday

  16. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Hot Vegetable Pasta Salad u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    [...] peppers, cherry tomatoes and added in the garlic and onion again.u00c2u00a0 I added about 2 tablespoons of my favourite pesto and then added the pasta with a little of the pasta water, so that everything would mix and absorb [...]

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