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Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto

Summer is here and it’s pesto season! With the warm weather, the best thing is to grow your own basil. It is also the most economical way to make your own pesto. This Memorable Sauce is a favourite in our household. All the kids LOVE pasta with pesto. I also spread it on chicken and grill it on the barbecue. Everyone in our family  absolutely goes wild for it. They chant for pesto when I make it!

The only time I make basil pesto is summer because I grow it in pots in my backyard. If you grow basil, you know how fast and easy it grows under sunlight with plenty of water. Even me, who is known for my black thumb can grow basil 😉 . I’ve never tried this before but a friend of mine grew basil in her condo by placing the basil plants underneath her fluorescent tube lights in her ceiling. She grew them indoors all year long because her rabbits love eating them. Please don’t ask me how she does it 🙂 .

You can also grow basil indoors by bringing your pots inside. However, my basil plants die pretty soon after I do this. I think it’s because I don’t have enough sunlight where I want to put the pots. If you have any success growing them indoors besides the fluorescent lights trick, please share 🙂

Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Makes 2 Cups

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Basil, loosely packed
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Pine Nuts
  • 8 cloves Garlic
  • 1 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground Black Pepper

Preparation

  1. In a food processor, place garlic and pine nuts to pulverize for 10 to 15 seconds.
  2. Then add basil, parmesan cheese, kosher salt and black pepper.
  3. Restart the food processor again, and slowly add the olive oil in the feed tube until the mixture is pureed. Scrape in between blending if mixture is stuck to the sides.

Notes

Note #1: You could toast your pine nuts lightly if you want to.

Note #2: You can freeze them in ice cube trays to be used later.

http://www.memorabledishes.com/basil-pesto/

Tomatoes with Fresh Basil

Tomatoes with Fresh Basil

Summer = garden tomatoes + fresh basil + olive oil + fleur de sel = Heaven 🙂

This Memorable Dish post is as simple as the recipe itself. I absolutely adore this dish and can eat it everyday throughout the summer when tomatoes are in season. I prefer the yellow/orange tomatoes because they’re sweeter in taste. Get whatever is available and enjoy the sweet taste of summer.
Tomatoes with Fresh Basil

Tomatoes with Fresh Basil

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 1+

Ingredients

  • Ripe Tomatoes, fresh from garden or from farmer’s market
  • Fresh Basil, chiffonade
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil, good quality
  • Fleur de Sel or any high quality finishing salt

Preparation

  1. Cut tomatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices.
  2. Scatter the basil on top and drizzle with olive oil.
  3. Sprinkle fleur de sel to taste.
http://www.memorabledishes.com/tomatoes-with-fresh-basil/

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