Homemade pesto

Been busy lately trying to make the most of the fresh food I have a bought and the herbs I have grown.

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A handful of hazel nuts, or nuts of your choice.

A bunch of baby celery leaves

2 tablespoons of good olive oil

1 tablespoon of grated Parmesan

1 chopped clove of garlic

1 cup of fresh oregano leaves

2 sun dried tomatoes,(I use jar ones in garlic oil )

Method

I use a nutribullet, to grind nuts first.

then add rest of ingredients, keep pulsing till combined, you may have to open the lid and give it a stir now and again.

Add more oil if needed.

You can freeze left overs in a freezer tray.

You can use any herbs you like, I usually use basil, but had loads of oregano in the garden.

 

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Tip of the Week

Herb Salt.

I used to buy herb salt, but now I make my own it is very easy and you can control the amount of salt.
You need a pepper mill, which I half fill with peppercorns, use whatever ones you prefer I quite like the mixed ones, then I add rock salt about a teaspoon, then the dried herbs, I like to use ones I have dried myself, basil, oregano, rosemary, parsley, thyme, or whatever is at hand.
Give the pepper mill a shake and you are off. I find the flavour is much richer than the bought ones and it is cheaper too.

Tip of the week

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Echinacea

Echinacea is a flowering herb part of the daisy family.
It is used mainly to ward off infections like cold and flu, but does work for any time you are just not feeling up to the mark.
I find it very helpful. I work in a UK owned bar, we have a lot of customers who have come over from the UK and they usually bring the infections with them, I take start taking Echinacea before I start work , and this usually keeps me cold and flu free so that I can do my job.
You can now buy Echinacea almost anywhere and it comes in tablet, liquid and even tea form.

What did you have for breakfast ?

Look what I had for breakfast. I never used to eat breakfast,and still find it difficult to eat when I first get up, so I usually have a cup of hot water with a slice of lemon and some honey, and then make breakfast. Breakfast is a really important meal it sets you up for the day ahead, if I don`t have a good breakfast I struggle, not to snack on unhealthy food because I’m hungry.

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This is what I had this morning.

Boiled egg, white anchovies, Cheddar cheese just a few squares, cherry tomatoes, spring onions, sweet corn, rocket, rye and sesame cracker, drizzled with natural yogurt and chopped herbs ( Rosemary, Thyme, and Parsley, form my garden ) No need for salt, you get enough from the anchovies and cheese.

This breakfast was inspired by Andre`s blog “Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork”. Looking at her blog I realised that you can have what you want for breakfast, you don’t have to stick to what is traditional, you can use up what is in your fridge as I did this morning, give it try you will be surprised, how good it is and how fulfilling, and of course it is healthy.

What do you have for breakfast? Would love to know what sets YOU up for the day.

Herbs are wonderful

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I love fresh herbs, and am really pleased this year that I have managed to keep them alive, you think it would be easy in a hot country but alas no. The soil here is not good ,so that can effect the plants and it is really hot at times so the leaves get burnt sometimes. I use a bunch of them as a bouquet garni in soups and casseroles. Rosemary is really good with lamb, as is mint but unfortunately mine did not survive this year.
You can use herbs in a medicinal sense too, I use rosemary to gargle with if I have a sore throat, just cut a few bits of plant put in hot water let fuse for a while then gargle.
If you can grow your own it is very satisfying, you get a sense of achievement and of course a natural ingredient.