Bad Blogger….Bad.

About once a month, I will finish a meal and realize that I had forgotten to take a picture of one or more significant steps for the blog. While the cooking process could be considered significant, I really only count the ingredient picture and the completed ones as being significant. If it is the ingredient picture, I will often go ahead and write up the post anyway. I figure that while that picture is good to have, you at least have the list of ingredients and can picture them yourself.

Not having the finished picture is more significant. In this day and age, when I am looking at recipes online and if there is no picture of the finished dish, I am very reluctant to make it. That reluctance is very strange as there are so many recipes in books without corresponding pictures that I have made. Maybe I trust a published cookbook over internet recipe sites? I don’t know.

So when I don’t have the ending picture I have to decide what to do. Make it again? Post without it?

I realized as we finished off the meal that I had not taken a picture of the completed dish. (Bad blogger…). So the picture above is from the original recipe and it is very representative of what it looked like.

Photo Jan 10, 5 37 18 PM

I was a little surprised to see soy sauce in a pesto dish.

Photo Jan 10, 5 46 21 PM

Making the pesto.

Photo Jan 10, 5 59 03 PM

Cook the pasta and add the extras!

Pasta with Cilantro-Peanut Pesto

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 20 minutes | Makes: 4


  • 1 bunch cilantro, 1/4 cup leaves reserved for serving
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 3/4-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest plus 2 tablespoons juice
  • 1 teaspoon light-brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup roasted peanuts, divided
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3/4 pound spaghetti or linguine, cooked according to package instructions


1. In a food processor, combine cilantro, garlic, ginger, vegetable and sesame oils, red-pepper flakes, lime zest and juice, brown sugar, and 1/4 cup peanuts. Pulse until a coarse paste forms. Season with soy sauce and pulse to combine. In a large bowl, toss pesto with pasta. Roughly chop remaining peanuts and sprinkle over pasta along with cilantro leaves.


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Categories: Italian, kosher, Lunch2, Pasta, vegan, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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9 Comments on “Bad Blogger….Bad.”

  1. August 13, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    Seems to happen to me more often than not. Sometimes I forget about pictures completely and then remember it as we are cleaning up the table. my theory is it must be a really good meal if you don’t even have time to get a picture taken!


    • August 13, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

      This is what usually happens to me. I haven’t done a cooking blog on my page in ages now for this reason.


  2. August 13, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    Nice to meet you. I am very new so please welcome me guys.


  3. August 13, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

    G’day and thanks for the chuckle today, true!
    Think it happens to all of us and if you want to laugh in return, check out My Thermomix Play Date on my blog too! lol
    Cheers! Joanne
    P.S. I recently did a cheese taste test and was thoroughly enjoying the experience when the owner asked me was I going to take a photo! DOH!


  4. August 15, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    One of the things I truly enjoy about the food blogs I follow is reading the “back stories” – and yours was especially fun to read! I’m sooo excited about this recipe – I’ve never seen anything like it and I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for posting it !


  5. August 15, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

    Have to agree – I do the same, trying to remember to take photos when your arms are up to the elbows ‘in it’ can be awkward – and my resident photographer is not always around to assist 🙂


  6. August 16, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    Thank you 🙂


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