Recipe: basil pesto 

I have a surfeit of basil. The yield has been too great. 

I’ve had to keep potting and repotting until I had 10 pots of basil. I have distributed some to family and neighbours but I still have more basil than I can use.

So I have made pesto. Quite a simple recipe.

Handful of basil leaves

Handful of pine nuts 

Good portion of parmesan cheese

Olive oil 

Squeeze of lemon

1/2 clove garlic
Mix them all up in a food processor or laboriously smash it all in a pestle and mortar. I would have done this but my pestle and mortar are just too small. 

I used Greek basil.

Recipe post: herby cheese scones

This is one of my simplest and most satisfying recipes: homemade herby cheese scones.

I’m a sucker for a cheese scone anyway, but adding rosemary makes such a difference.

 I first cut the dough using a teeny tiny cutter but for my second attempt I just shaped the dough myself into large scone-shaped balls and doubled the quantities. And sprinkled lots of cheese on the top. And herbs. Did I mention herbs? You really must include herbs.

  • 175g self raising flour
  • 1 medium egg
  • 3 tablespoon milk (1 for dusting)
  • 70g grated cheese (or as much as your heart desires)
  • 2 teaspoons rosemary
  • black pepper (as much as you want to season).

Mix the dry stuff, add the egg and milk, mix it into a crumbly dough, roll it out, cut it into shapes, sprinkle a mini mountain of cheese and rosemary on top and bake for 20-25 mins.

Voila. Your house will smell delicious.