“Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes.”
Garden Fresh Herbs Make this Pasta SING!
I’ve been interviewing a lot of chefs lately for Village Living Magazine and the Taste of Toronto festival. It’s been really very interesting and enlightening. Being able to sit down with these incredibly creative people has been just a wonderful experience. I ask them many of the same questions but their answers are almost without fail quite different. With one exception… across the board they agree that they are deeply inspired by seasonal and local fresh vegetables and herbs.
If you grow your own vegetables I know you will agree that there is nothing more wonderful than heading out to the garden or patio to collect a handful of fresh herbs to add to your evening salad, or a tomato warm from the sun to slice onto a thick slice of lightly toasted baguette… hang on I have to go do that right now… back in a sec!
Okay so I decided on a bagel instead (from the Bagel House which by the way taste EXACTLY like Montreal bagels!)… and the tomatoes aren’t actually mine ‘cuz I’m writing this in mid-June and they aren’t quite ripe yet, but the oregano and basil are from my garden and OH MY is this a good breakfast! Okay, so I’m a little off topic but I’m getting to my point.
Grow fresh herbs and make this pesto! That’s the point… that’s it… you can make it with any number of herbs, I chose parsley as I had an abundance. It is so fresh and flavourful it may leave you speechless with its simple perfection. I assure you that if you taste herbs that you’ve grown yourself you will never go back to store bought, at least not during the growing season.
And you’ll be interrupting yourself all over the place to go and make something fresh and delicious to eat!
Enjoy & Namaste!
- 1 bunch flat leaf parsley, clean and rough chopped
- 1 large or 2 medium cloves garlic, smashed
- ⅓ to ½ cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- Zest from one lemon
- Generous ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
- Generous ⅓ cup pine nuts
- Tons of freshly grated pepper
- Toss all the ingredients into your food processor
- Blend until finely minced and deliciously combined
- Adjust ingredients as required to obtain a creamy finish