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April 19, 2015

Delicious creamy polenta with blasamic baked tomatoes and homemade pesto with spinach, basil and walnuts

Lækker cremet polenta med balsamico bagte tomater og hjemmelavet pesto med spinat, basilikum og valnødder

 Creamy Polenta with Baked Cherry Tomatoes and Walnut Spinach Pesto

I really wanted to start this post with “Good morning blog” – a direct reference to the, unfortunately finished, musical Ivan’s Incredibly Story (based on a famous, popular and beloved Danish children’s book called Rubber Tarzan by Ole Lund Kirkegaard) and the legendary line “Good morning running wheel”. Jesus, I’ve got musical withdrawal symptoms. Because musical was, once again, an amazing adventure full of references, sayings, phrases and bad intern jokes amongst the actors. It’s amazing.


Jeg havde sådan lyst til at starte denne post med ”Godmorgen blog” – en direkte reference til den desværre nu afsluttede dejlige musical Ivans Utrolige Historie (aka. Gummi Tarzan af Ole Lund Kirkegaard) og den legendariske replik ”Godmorgen løbehjul”. Gud, hvor har jeg musical abstinenser. For hvor har den musical været et eventyr – og hvor er der bare mange gode referencer, talemåder, udtryk og dårlige interne jokes blandt os deltagere nu. Det er helt fantastisk.

Creamy Polenta with Baked Cherry Tomatoes and Walnut Spinach Pesto

Two and a half weeks intense musical practice and shows are done. But is was great. I mean, my 19th birthday disappeared in a flood of costumes, make up, songs and dances, but it doesn’t matter at all. The lovely musical people marked the day with a blaze of glory – a birthday spend at the theatre is the best.

I feel empty now that it’s done. But luckily I have a ton of photos to remind me just how amazing it all was. We had a very talented photographer – Mikkel Arnfred – taking photos of the show, and he has kindly allowed me to share some, like I did last year.

The following photos are taken by Mikkel Arnfred. I do not claim to have the rights over these photos.


To og en halv uges voldsomt intenst musical er slut. Men det har været så skønt. Jeg mener, min 19-års fødselsdag forsvandt i et væld af kostumer, makeup, sange og danse, men det gør på ingen måde noget. Jeg blev fejret med manér af de dejlige dejlige musical mennesker – en fødselsdag brugt i Galaksen er den bedste man kunne tænke sig.

Det er så tomt, at et er slut. Jeg savner det utroligt. Men heldigvis er der jo ting, der kan redde sådanne tomrum – som fx flotte billeder af forestillingen. Vi har haft den dygtigste fotograf på nogle dage – Mikkel Arnfred – og jeg er så heldig, at have fået lov at dele nogle billeder, ligesom sidste år.

Alle de følgende billeder er taget af Mikkel Arnfred.

By Mikkel Arnfred

Yup, that’s me.

By Mikkel Arnfred By Mikkel Arnfred By Mikkel Arnfred By Mikkel Arnfred By Mikkel Arnfred By Mikkel Arnfred By Mikkel Arnfred By Mikkel Arnfred By Mikkel Arnfred By Mikkel Arnfred By Mikkel Arnfred By Mikkel Arnfred

Aren’t they amazing?

Well, back in the kitchen I decided to make polenta – something I haven’t had in a looooong time. I really have a weakness for baked tomatoes. So I had to add such one to the recipe. And homemade pesto. The best meal to treat my broken musical heart (:


Er de ikke flotte?

Nå men tilbage i køkkenet besluttede jeg mig for at lave polenta – noget jeg ikke har fået længe. Jeg har en svaghed for bagte tomater – det er bare det bedste. Så det skulle selvfølgelig på. Og hjemmelavet pesto. Der findes intet bedre måltid til at dulme sorgerne over enden på noget dejligt (:

Creamy Polenta with Baked Cherry Tomatoes and Walnut Spinach Pesto

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 2 servings


  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • ½ tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 1 cup packed spinach
  • 3 sprigs basil
  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 cups water
  • 2/3 cup corn flour
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • ¼ cup milk
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Start by making the tomatoes: Preheat oven to 180°C / . In a bowl mix the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper. Stir in the tomatoes. Bake on a baking sheet with baking paper for 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile make the pesto by placing walnuts, spinach, basil and parmesan in a food processor. Pulse to combine. Add in the oil and salt and blend until smooth.
  2. Make the polenta by bringing the water to the boil. Add in the corn flour and boil for five minutes whishking constantly to make sure no lumps form. Then add in the butter and milk and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Serve the polenta topped with baked tomatoes and pesto.

21 responses to “Creamy Polenta with Baked Cherry Tomatoes and Walnut Spinach Pesto”

  1. Cajsa Hemström says:

    wow! it’s scary how much that post could have been written by me (if I was as good a blogger as you are) we had our last show of Hair the musical last night and now it feels so empty. all we have left is bad humour and songs stuck in our heads. also, I love polenta, baked tomatoes and (especially homemade) pesto so yes, a perfect recipe for a broken musical heart. hugs!

    • Wow, seriously? That’s actually kinda scary. But how cool – I hope your shows went well.
      Oh, I know exactly how you are feeling. I keep singing all the songs over and over again – in soprano because I’ve been singing like that so much, I can’t remember the actual melody. Haha :) And musical humour is the worst/best :D
      Can I please see your blog? I’d love to :D Please send a link
      I hope your broken heart heals soon – lots of love

  2. Happy Birthday, Sweetheart!
    So great you shared these pictures, I love them a lot. You rock!!! It all looks so professional, great job :)

    Your recipe is amazing again, it is just so much my type of food! I haven’t had a good polenta for ages, I can’t wait to make some now :)

  3. I’m so happy that you shared some photos from the musical! I lived and breathed musical for 2 months and it was so much fun but also the hardest thing I’ve ever done. We worked from 9 in the morning to 11 in the evening every single day… Anyways, this polenta looks amazing!

  4. The musical looks like so much fun! Sorry that it’s over! We went to see one yesterday afternoon… Wicked. It was brilliant. :D
    Your polenta dish sounds a-m-a-z-i-n-g btw

  5. caileejoy says:

    Happy Birthday!! Looks like you have been having so much fun!!! :) :) Great recipe as well!! Sorry that you feel sad that it’s over :( But at least you have all the fun memories!

  6. Wow Josefine, what a great post! That musical looks amazing, but it’s overshadowed by this amazing Polenta! I adore cherry tomatoes, and the walnut spinach pesto sounds amazing!

  7. Polenta! I love polenta :) Great pictures from the musical too. Looks like it was so much fun.

  8. Love these polenta bowls! Really like all these gorgeous flavours! :D

  9. Tammy says:

    I stumbled across your blog and am so impressed with your recipes and the fact that you are only 19 and so grown up!! Keep up the good work!

  10. The musical sounds like so much fun! And so amazing that you are in Italy at the moment. We are heading there next year so cant wait to hear your suggestions :)
    And those polenta bowls sound amazing – I havent made polenta at home in years, you’ve inspired me to do it soon though yum!

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