Herbs are such a lovely gift from the garden. We're lucky enough to have an abundant supply of basil this year and I use it in so many dishes. The favorite seems to be pesto used in a pasta dish, simple and delicious.
I'd forgotten how quick pesto is to make, I can't decide whether I like it better on chicken, fish or pasta.
My family is quite clear - pasta is the way to go.
But before we get to the pesto recipe I have to share my wonderful morning with you at the legendary Union Square Farmer's Market. I'm currently acting as a chauffeuring service to my youngest daughter, (well actually I'm always acting as a chauffeuring service to all my children but this is a longer route than usual) driving her into NYC each morning for her dance camp. While she was twirling and whirling I found myself, quite by accident at this amazing farmer's market. I'm used to farmer's markets but nothing quite prepared me for the shear scale of this one. I mean just LOOK at these root vegetables!!
and these amazing peaches...
you can't forget the sunflowers ...
there was absolutely EVERYTHING .....
I have to confess I was overwhelmed - and extremely hungry as I hadn't had breakfast before we left. My total purchase at this extravaganza totaled one perfect juicy peach, a slice of the most delectable cheese and a heavenly foamy latte with an extra shot. I sat in the park and devoured my picnic. What a perfect breakfast. The market is a regular feature on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, I'll be ready on Friday!
Back to the pesto.... here's the recipe...
Pesto from the Garden.
2 cups fresh basil
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup pine nuts
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Your very favorite pasta - perfectly cooked.
Place the basil, garlic, pine nuts, salt, pepper and cheese in a food processor and blitz until really well combined.
Measure out the oil in a measuring jug and with the motor running on the processor pour the oil in a thin stream into the basil mixture until combined.
Pour over the perfectly cooked pasta - that's it - really!!
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