|Orkney basil pesto.|
Well, inspired by the 'Orkney diet' regime I'm trying to get into, I've been freezing my own basil from the windowsill allotment all summer long (well from late April-now let me not pretend its been summer!) and its still going strong. I picked another goodly lot at the weekend and I've been thinking about pesto and making pesto...............I'll tell you why, I've kept glass jar recycling for a year, for the jars, not cos I'm lazy of course, no, no, because its good for recycling at home and of course its 'research' into our lives, research I tell you! However, rather unexpectedly during this *cough* 'research' its also allowed me to see from first hand what we've been eating over the year since we moved here, as a family and where its come from. Among the various jars are a goodly amount of pesto jars, the cellist being a pasta guzzling fiend who we do eat alot of both pasta sauces and pesto. Now the tomatos are grown to make sauces for her, big tick there, however the pesto jar infestation in the jar recycling box in the kitchen, got me thinking - to reduce what we buy, can I make pesto? I already freeze the basil for using in sauces - but 'Orkney pesto' - oh there's a thought toward more local food.
Pesto has basil, oil, nuts and cheese in it, how local can I be? Now I can grow basil here and happily I have lots of it, however I can't grow pine nuts here nor does anyone local do a hard cheese like parmesan - which are the other main ingredients, but I can get a hold of scottish (sorry not Orkney) cold pressed rape seed oil (to substitute the olive oil for). Perfect - a whizz and a blend and a bit of OK that looks right, later - here we go home made 'Orkney' (ish) pesto, in a recycled jar - all nice and pretty - it will freeze but we'll use the first batch fresh and build on making it. I've heard using walnuts works well, I'll see what local nuts (scotland or UK) I can get and build on my 'local' recipe that way.
Now, time for the obligitory in the garden, looks like its down, on the beach stones close up - its a bit brr ish out there but we've got Orkney pesto for our pasta - I'm so unbeliveably excited about discovering through random rummaging through our recycling box, um, I mean, well thought out *research*, a key thing we eat 'bought in' from 'sooth' which came here on a ferry and how we can tackle reducing our spends, food miles and our basil mountain! One more for the local food list for me, Orkney pesto. Brilliant.
And the best thing, the cellist approved, it got through the taste test. Phew!
The recycling box came in really handy for the idea. I've yet to figure out home made peanut butter ('ve looked I can grow the ground nuts next year) and chocolate spread (found a recipe for this) and the likes, other things in our recycling box for the past year.