Favourite Recipes

Thai basil pesto

As discussed at our zoom meeting of 2nd October 2020, pesto does not need to be confined to basil (though I believe it to be the best!). Other greens that can be used are coriander, tarragon and even the humble carrot leaf. Here is a basil variation, based on Stephanie Alexander's Basil pesto recipe from her 1996 'The cook's compansion'.

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I cup well packed basil leaves

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

30g pine nuts

2 cloves garlic, crushed


60g freshly grated parmesan









Place all ingredients except parmesan cheese into a blender and blend. Stir through cheese at the end.  

Store in a glass jar, covered with a fine layer of oil to prevent the brilliant green discolouring.