Saturday, October 9, 2010
I usually use thai basil ,which is almost the same to continental basil with a very strong aroma. Why thai basil, simple its easily available at local markets, normal continental basil is also available at the supermarket. In maldives we have a variety of basil known as gandakoalhi.
So for a small quantity of pesto :
About 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil ( or you can use a mixture of basil and parsley)
1 fat clove of garlic
1 red or green chilli( my personal touch , optional)
a small handful of blanched, skinned almonds, roughly chopped( if you want in number thats about 8 almonds)
A good amount of extra virgin olive oil or normal olive oil
A big handful of grated parmesan cheese
1. Place , herbs ,garlic , chilli ( if using ) and nuts into a food processor or blender or use a hand blender or even the motor and pestle.
2. Pulse a few times to chop everything up, then add oil in a drizzle by the side, and pulse again, most chefs say to pulse while adding olive oil but my processor doesnt have that funnel ( its a mini one) so I do this way. Pulse till everything is chopped up fine and smooth.
3. I add parmesan the last or just before adding oil .
4. Use as required, stir into freshly cooked pasta , on grilled fish or chicken etc. Store in a clean dry bottle , add a thin layer of olive oil on top of the pesto while storing to keep nice and fresh. Store in the fridge. If you cant find basil any where, try my mint pesto.
Thinking of taking a little or a big break from the blogging world, thank you for all your support , and sweet comments. I started blogging nearly 2 years ago , first on jamie oliver's blog, and then a year later switched to blogger, unlike some blogger's I dont go begging for followers I join the ones I like. These days I keep wondering about doing something meaning ful with my life , blogging had been fun but sometimes the thought of food is constantly in my mind I feel I neglect my son and hubby sometimes. I did think of joining food buzz thinking it might , you know earn me a few bucks but according to my sister it wasnt something like that. So maybe i might return after a week's break , ............... so thank you , i'll see you around , god bless :)