In T-Minus 18 days I will be 30. I thought I would be dreading the dirty thirties like I used to dread final exams in University. But really, I am looking forward to them. I couldn't be at a happier time in my life, I get to spend the rest of my years watching my beautiful daughter grow up and hopefully bring another rug rat into this world. This pesto was really born in preparation to forget about being a mom for one night and have some drinks (I am sure I will be loser pissed after 2 drinks) for my 30th birthday. To say it bluntly, I needed to PUMP! The first morning I tried I only got 2oz! To be honest I was pretty upset about it, what I later learned is that my body will start to produce more once it realizes I need those extra ounces in the morning. Another way to increase production is through certain foods and herbs, the main one being fenugreek. I picked up a bunch at the grocery store and whipped up this pesto. The thing about pesto is that you can substitute any type of nuts and any fresh herbs that you have on hand. I had almonds, fenugreek, flat leaf parsley and a bit of basil so that's what I used.
THE "BREAST" PESTO
1 Bunch of Fenugreek
1 Bunch of Italian Flat Leaf Parsley
10 or so Basil Leaves
1/3 cup blanched almonds
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
2 large garlic cloves
1.5 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp sugar
Approximately 1/4 cup of olive oil or more until smooth
Salt and Pepper
1. Combine the herbs with the almonds, pulse a few times in a food processor. Add the garlic, pulse a few times more.
2. Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the grated cheese, vinegar and sugar and pulse again until blended. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.
The first night we used the pesto on spaghetti and the next we made pita pizzas with fresh bocconcini and cherry tomatoes cut in slices.
I will warn you...instead of my armpits smelling like B.O. it now smells like sweet garam masala - which is a good thing I guess? I am not exactly sure if it was the fenugreek or if it was my body adapting but after a few days of eating this pesto I was definitely more engorged in the morning and I was able to pump 4 oz even after nursing Penny.