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!

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  1. Amanda 2014-06-13 at 20:43

    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!

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-06-16 at 11:07

      Hi Amanda! I’m checking back to you now with the pepper mill because I actually got it 3 months ago 🙂 Yes I do love it!

      1. Amanda 2014-06-16 at 15:31

        Yay! Then I have an investment to make. My Peppermill and salt shaker keep getting stuck or clogged. It really changes the way you cook when your utensils don’t work! Thanks for the review!

  2. sophisticatedjerseygirl 2014-06-13 at 21:11

    The pesto looks really good, but I’m amazed by the pepper mill! I didn’t know Peugeot made them, but now I will keep my eyes open for one 🙂

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-06-16 at 11:16

      Oh do so! Also when you see the bottom where the grinding machinery is, it does look quite state of the art.. especially when it’s new and still doesn’t have pepper particles all over it 😉

  3. Darya 2014-06-13 at 21:16

    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!

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-06-16 at 11:08

      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.

  4. Guillermina Bósquez Stover 2014-06-13 at 22:12

    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…

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-06-16 at 11:11

      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 🙂

  5. davegon 2014-06-13 at 23:20

    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?

  6. pianolearner 2014-06-13 at 23:39

    You should try growing purple basil. The pesto would look great.

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-06-16 at 11:18

      I didn’t know that existed! I’ll keep a lookout for it. I’ve been away in Madrid for 5 days. When I got back I saw it has rained, and my basil looks like a jungle! These means more pesto 🙂

  7. Patty Nguyen 2014-06-14 at 00:09

    I have an electric pepper mill as well and love it. Your pesto sounds so good, Sofia!

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-06-16 at 11:25

      Hi Patty! This one isn’t electric, just manual, and I love it? Do you have to plug in yours or does it work with a battery?

  8. Dalo 2013 2014-06-14 at 15:26

    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.

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-06-16 at 11:27

      Yes, Peugeot in the kitchen!! I couldn’t believe either when I first discovered it. I had a lovely weekend in Madrid. I hope you had a great weekend too!

  9. Ngan R. 2014-06-15 at 03:32

    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!

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-06-16 at 11:29

      Oh do look out for this one Ngan, I adore it! Thanks, homemade pesto is always delicious 🙂

  10. Helen @ Scrummy Lane 2014-06-16 at 08:28

    So have you taken your mill up to 5th gear yet?
    Very nice!
    Love the fresh ‘pesto with a twist’ – that’s such a lovely idea to add figs … to give it a beautiful sweetness I bet.

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-06-16 at 11:30

      You bet! I took it to 6th gear on the 1st day 😉
      Yes, last year I made pesto with prunes, it gives the same effect. I mean, consider that it actually contains a garlic! This sweetens it out and its lovely. xx

  11. Pemberley Cup & Cakes by Rosa 2014-06-16 at 09:47

    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

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-06-16 at 11:32

      Last year I made this with prunes instead. It gives the same effect, you can’t really taste the fruit, it only gives a touch of sweetness and balances things out. Cole & Mason, I am going to check it out in google right now (it sounds posh 😉 ) Happy Monday to you too Rosa!

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  13. chef mimi 2014-06-16 at 15:14

    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!)

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-06-17 at 08:51

      I’m happy to learn you’ve had yours for so long 🙂 A black one I imagine looks more sophisticated. I hope you do try putting a bit of dried fruit. Have a lovely day! xx

  14. Sue 2014-07-29 at 19:20

    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!!

    1. Sofia 2014-07-29 at 19:25

      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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