Lucy in the Larder

“Hey pesto!”

I love watering the garden. Especially in the afternoon after a hot summers day. The smell of damp from still-warm concrete and soil. Shoes off, wet grass between my toes.

Sadly, I don’t have a garden of my own to water, but there was one that I was in the care of last week, that even had a little veggie patch; strawberries that were yet to fruit, gangly tomatoes getting ever taller by the day. And bushes of basil going absolutely mad.

The garden got a good drink that warm afternoon, as I became momentarily and peacefully mesmerised by the constant drip, drip, drip from the hose. Watering the garden – it’s a kind of therapy.

I came to, gave the basil a good prune, then hey presto – I made pesto!

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Raw basil and walnut pesto
Makes: 1/2 cup; Prep time: 5 minutes

2 cups basil leaves, packed
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic
squeeze of lemon juice

– With food processor running, drop in two cloves of garlic
– Stop machine and add basil and walnuts. Pulse until well chopped – I like my pesto a little chunky
– Add olive oil and lemon juice and pulse until well combined
– Store in a jar or air tight container with a little extra olive oil on top to stop the air discolouring it

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This entry was published on January 18, 2013 at 9:51 pm. It’s filed under Lucy's plate, Recipes, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

3 thoughts on ““Hey pesto!”

  1. It has a really nice texture! I still haven’t tried pesto in my life, is that even possible?!

    • Oh then you must! The stuff in jars doesn’t even compare to the fabulous colour, taste and texture of homemade. I hope you give it a try, and make it – it’s so easy and delicious! Great on sandwiches, stirred through pasta or scrambled eggs.

      • On scrambled eggs? Now that I have surely not thought of 🙂 My sister loves it, we used to bring to her from Italy, but I agree the home-made must be totally different, I’ll definitely give this a try, for my sister’s pleasure 😉

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