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My Peugeot Pepper Mill // Pesto with Mint and Dried Figs

Did you know – because until about one year ago I didn’t – that Peugeot makes very fine salt and pepper mills? Yes, that French company that makes cars also makes some state of the art kitchen utensils!

Don’t ask what I was using before, but a few months ago I needed to get a good grinder for my pepper and decided to invest in a Peugeot pepper mill. I have to say it’s a pleasure to use.

Peugeot Pepper Mill

Peugeot grinder for pepper

One of the cool things about it is that, just like cars, it has gears. You can slide the bottom part of the mill to the different gears to control the size of the pepper. Mine has six positions so the pepper can come out from a very fine sized particle, then all the sizes in between until a bigger coarse sized particle for the spicier effect that I like.

It’s that time of year again where I can grow lots of basil and make my own pesto. Mind you, I only discovered this last year too, and it was sort of like a life changing discovery for me. This pesto variation includes fresh mint and dried figs. Sorry for being so vague in the amounts in the recipe (as usual), but it really depends on the amount you want to make and what you have at hand.

Pesto with mint and dry figs


1 bunch basil, 1 bunch mint, 1 handful pine nuts, 1 handful walnuts, 1 clove garlic, 2 dried figs, 100g piece Parmesan cheese, salt, black pepper, 1/2 cup olive oil.

Wash the basil and mint. Peel the garlic. Cut the Parmesan cheese into chunks. Put everything into a blender and blend.

Mint and dry fig pesto

Thank you for reading!

Comments 32

  1. Amanda June 13, 2014

    Wow what a lovely pesto. Such great flavor combinations. I’m definitely going to make this. I LOVE that pepper mill! Gears and everything. Very cool. I’m going to check back with you in like 3 months to see if you still love it. :) Then i’ll get one too!

  2. Darya June 13, 2014

    I have the exact same pepper mill, and I am madly in love with it. It is the best money I’ve ever spent in my entire life (ok, I might be exaggerating slightly). The pesto looks delicious, I am curious about the addition of figs!

    • Sofia // Papaya Pieces June 16, 2014

      Oui, c’est fantastique! Ok, we could say that it’s one of the best things we have spent our money on ;) The addition of the figs gives it a tiny bit of sweetness, just right. Last year I made a pesto with some prunes, it gave the same effect.

  3. Guillermina Bósquez Stover June 13, 2014

    Ooh, that pepper mill looks divine. I checked on and I found it; sells for $42 U.S. Dollars. About 30 Euros–not bad at all…

    • Sofia // Papaya Pieces June 16, 2014

      Yeah I think we got it at about 27 or 28 euros, something like that (this was 3 months ago). Apparently in France it is The Brand that all the best restaurants use, especially for those big tall salt and pepper mills – the salt ones have an S on the top :)

  4. davegon June 13, 2014

    That looks like an amazing gadget to have. Makes sense that you’d want to control size, but the part about the car company making these is kind of bizarre. This must make for good dinner conversation. Maybe even good PR?

  5. Dalo 2013 June 14, 2014

    Peugeot in the kitchen ?!?!? I am having a hard time wrapping my head around that idea, but I guess it does make sense with all the gears and what not… One a more interesting subject, the pesto looks amazing. Enjoy the weekend.

  6. Ngan R. June 15, 2014

    I’m so glad to read this post because I’ve been searching for a pepper grinder for a very long time and was not satisfied with the ones I found. Will definitely look into the Peugeot mill. The pesto also looks delicious!

  7. Pemberley Cup & Cakes by Rosa June 16, 2014

    I’m not a big fan of figs, but this pesto recipe surely is a keeper!
    You know, I went back to check my pepper mill and see what was written at the bottom because mine resembles yours a lot. No Peugeot, but Cole & Mason. England. A beauty, anyhow ;)
    Have the happiest of Mondays <3

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  9. chef mimi June 16, 2014

    Wow. I’ve never seen any kind of dried fruit in a pesto, and it absolutely sounds incredible!!! I will try this, thanks. Regarding the peppermill, I’ve had my Peugeot pepper and salt mills for 8-9 years now, and they are wonderful. Glad you own one now!!! (Mine are black!)

  10. Sue July 29, 2014

    I need to make this wild pesto! I have an absolute over abundance of figs from our tree! On another note ….I cry! My dear hubby thought you had to take the screws off of my Peugot to fill with peppercorns and the spring sprung out=broken. It’s the story of my life!!

    • Sofia July 29, 2014

      I used dried figs but I’m guessing fresh figs would be amazing!
      What, he took the screws off where? The bottom part? I just take the big screw off on top – where the P is – to refill. I must admit we did look on the internet for instructions on how to refill it. I hope you’ve had the pepper mill for ages though…

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