Easy and delicious homemade pesto

9 11 2010

Who doesn’t love pesto?

It is just so versatile and delicious, if you are in a hurry it is great by itself over fresh pasta, it can be drizzled over a salad or you can use it as part of a tasty lunchtime treat (here)

The pesto that you buy from the shops is good but it isn’t as fresh as it could be and will never be as good as one that you make at home.

Pesto is so easy to make that there really shouldn’t be any need to even think about buying it from the store.

All you need is a food processor and 5 simple ingredients:

100g pine nuts

1 clove of garlic

300g of basil

100g Parmesan cheese

extra virgin olive oil

Place the pine nuts, the basil and the garlic into the food processor and blitz together until you have something that resembles biscuit crumb in consistency

Now add in enough oil for it to become a paste, probably about 3 1/2  or 4 tablespoons.

Taste your pesto, you might find that you want to add a little bit of sea salt to it but that is down to you.

There we have it fresh delicious pesto in less then 5 minutes

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My favourite sandwich ever…

9 11 2010

Sandwiches, most of us eat them every day and they can end up being pretty dull for the most part.

Bit of bread, bit of meat, maybe some cheese, so far so boring.

So I thought I would share with you my absolute favourite sandwich ever:

Bacon, Stilton and Pesto with rocket.

This is a full on sandwich  that is bursting with epic taste; the bacon is salty and crisp the Stilton is wonderfully sharp and gooey and the pesto just kicks everything up to another level whilst the fresh rocket leaves add some peppery freshness…. mmm I am salivating just thinking about it

To sate your own lunch time cravings you will need the following:

6″ crusty white baguette

2 or 3 rashers of good smokey bacon

about 50/60g of good quality stilton

a handful of fresh rocket leaves (mustard cress would also work well)

pesto to drizzle over the top (click here to see how to make your own delicious pesto)

a little unsalted butter

Split your baguette length-ways and spread a little of the unsalted butter on both halves of the roll.

Place your rocket leaves onto the roll

Cook your bacon until it is slightly crisp, pat off any excess fat and place onto the bed of rocket.

Crumble your stilton over the top of the bacon

Drizzle over a good amount of the pesto and enjoy.

If you want your stilton to be more melted then you can crumble some of it directly onto the bacon during the last 20/30 seconds or so of cooking.








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