As mentioned on Facebook, we went to check out Singapore Farm Fest 2015 over the weekend. Being my first time there, I was overwhelmed by the 50+ food stalls selling a variety of fresh produce and consumer products made from natural food sources. I went on a shopping spree the moment I arrived! Will share more about the Farm Fest and one more recipe in another post.
Here, I would like to specially recommend the Signature Pesto Sauce made by ComCrop. I must say this pesto sauce made from FOUR different species of basil leaves and their flowers is the bestest that I would like to buy for my family. It is organically grown via an ‘Honestly Good’ philosophy that defines both ComCrop’s farming and business practices. And when I heard there were only 90 bottles made available for this Farm Fest, I quickly messaged my old classmate to ‘chope’ 2 bottles before it runs out. This time, they have the spicy version too! It’s my first time trying it and though I feel that the spicy version is not spicy enough, there may be some others out there who would appreciate the lightly spiced version. Afterall, the level of spiciness I can take is very high ^.^
ComCrop’s Signature Pesto Sauce is freshly made using organically-farmed basil leaves, packed and sold in a standard-sized glass bottle (about 200-250g, I didn’t weigh mine). Natural preservatives like salt and olive oil is used to preserve it’s freshness. However, I feel that the bottle sold is too little to be used over a long time. The amount is just nice for a family of 3A2C. It will be great if larger bottle can be made available as it is not easily purchased off the shelf at supermarket.
Each bottle of pesto sauce costs S$16. Despite the seemingly high cost, this bottle of quality ingredient works out to serve a higher mileage for my family compared to eating at restaurants.
This afternoon, I went over to my sister’s house and we cooked a simple meal of Fusili pasta for the hot and lazy afternoon. This is a fuss-free and healthy dish to whip up within 15-20 minutes. With the convenience of pesto sauce sealed in the bottle, not much effort is needed to serve the kids a hearty and healthy meal. We made 2 versions – Non-spicy Classic Pesto with Sun-Dried Tomato and CP Shrimp Wanton for the kids as well as Spicy Pesto with Sun-Dried Tomato and CP Popcorn Chicken for the adults.
Fusili Pasta with the ‘BESTEST’ Pesto Sauce
Pasta of your choice
1 Big Onion
1 Clove of Garlic
A Hearty Tbsp of Pesto Sauce
1. In a saucepan, heat up olive oil and sauteé the onion and garlic until caramelized. This will take some time to cook.
2. When the onion and garlic is fully caramelized, add the pesto sauce and sun-dried tomato and give it a good stir.
3. Boil a pot of water for cooking the pasta. Time it according to the packaging instructions. Drain and set aside.
4. Add the pasta and grated cheese into the saucepan and toss it around giving everything a good stir so that the cheese can melt.
5. Serve with topping of your choice. Options are pan-seared scallop, baked salmon or cod, whole shrimps, fried chicken, ham, bacon, sukiyaki pork slices, etc etc. Today, we cooked a fast meal out of convenience using baked CP Popcorn Chicken and CP Shrimp Wanton.
About ComCrop by The Living! Project
ComCrop is an initiative of The Living! Project, a joint venture between Alpha Bio-fuels and GardenAsia. The Living Project is focused on developing corporate social responsibility programs that their clients can leverage upon for green publicity and for building their corporate image.
ComCrop by The Living! Project is an urban farming initiative on the rooftop of *SCAPE on Orchard Road. It occupies a land area of 6,000 sq. feet. Using the space-efficient vertical farming techniques , it can produce eight to ten times more than traditional farms over the same land area. Comcrop uses aquaponics system with the help of tilapia fish water and poop to fertilize the plants. Other cource of fertilizer includes compost from beer hops and spent coffee grounds contributed by Asia Pacific Brewery and Starbuck. The farm is run by youth and elderly volunteers and the crop consisting of heirloom tomatoes, Italian basil, Heirloom Iranian Aswad Eggplant, peppermint and spearmint.
We, at SAys! Happy Mums, hope that you like the recipe posted above. Do email Comcrop if keen to find out where & when will the next batch of pesto sauce be available for sale. Likely at the next farmer’s market I guess!
~ SAys! Shirley 🙂
Disclaimer : This is NOT a sponsored post. We purchased all the ingredients in this post.