Pesto is an wonderfully useful staple to have on hand; it makes a great spread or dip (a baguette roll from La Voie Francaise with a schmear of homemade pesto is my favourite snack), an easy potato salad (boil some new potatoes, cube and toss with some pesto and a squeeze of Kewpie mayonnaise) or the traditional serving style tossed through al dente pasta (pasta alla genovese).
In spring, I purchase a bundle of Awapuni Nursery’s basil seedlings. These are readily available from Pak‘n Save supermarkets and Bunnings stores. Awapuni Nursery seedlings are remarkably hardy as they are grown outdoors in open ground, and pulled to order. Plus, I do love that they are individually rooted and that they come wrapped in newspaper. I plant these in a small, half-sun area in my tiny kitchen garden, and within weeks, the basil is ready to pick. Continue reading