Saturday, July 31
When I bought my pestle and mortar I looked at the larger ones and thought 'who the heck would need a pestle and mortar that big?!
Last week Row brought me a whole load of basil and I decided to make pesto, I found out! I had to make it in two batches as I couldn't get it all in the bowl!
I discovered that pine nuts are extremely expensive - and harder to find than hens teeth in Deptford High Street. Sometimes you have to be a little bit gracious towards Tescos, and I was glad that they had some - albeit £3.60 for a tiny 100g bag! I just googled pine nuts and discovered that they are, actually, the nuts of pines - how strange that they don't taste anything like you would expect.
So I pounded the basil with a handful of pinenuts, some rock salt and some garlic until it was mush. I added grated parmesan and olive oil till it became the right consistency.
It was great stuffed in a chicken breast which was then wrapped in bacon and baked in the oven for about 40 mins. The Curse declared it 'the best meal I've had in bloody ages'.