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I'm a Melbourne boy, hailing from St Kilda with one ex, one current wife and four kids. Love the outdoors and making new discoveries. I cook a lot at home (cheers from wife) and do some preserving, mostly jams, pickles and fruit liqueurs. This is the diary of a cooking journey.

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Friday, December 01, 2006
The Kitchenhand
After my success in getting M to eat marinara sauce laced liberally with basil, I decided to strike again while the iron was still hot. There was still half a bunch left over and as you all know, basil is a notoriously poor keeper, so it needed to be used up.

It wasn't hard to decide what to do with it either....new season garlic + fresh basil = pesto.

I got to, stripping the leaves and placed them in the vitamizer with a couple of cloves of garlic, gave it a good glug of olive oil and blitzed it to a puree. Hearing the action, M came into the kitchen.

"Can I help?"

"Sure, you can put in the pine nuts."

M took the measuring spoon and counted out three spoons, into the jug they went for a quick blitz. I don't know how anyone else feels about pine nuts, but I find them totally addictive and always buy more than I need. M popped one in her mouth.

"Mmmmm, these are good, I'm going to share them with mummy."

With that, she turned on her heel and walked back to the loungeroom, pine nuts in tow.

Geez, good help is hard to find.
  posted at 7:39 am

At 1:27 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like pine nuts too! And pesto would be the perfect thing for basil and new fresh garlic.

At 2:11 pm, Blogger neil said...

Hi tanna, pity they're as dear as poison, but what yagunnado. The pesto is my first one for the season, it was pretty good if I do say so myself.

At 12:59 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, every member of my family is in love with these little gems, so having any quantity in the house never lasts long!

And at least M went to share them with her mum instead of just devouring them all herself ;)

At 4:13 pm, Blogger neil said...

Hi ellie, aren't they just so delicious. I was pleased to see M sharing, it's not always the way though!


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