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Paula's Pesto

 What a day! The sun came out and what a welcome sight that was! I had not seen the sun in ages. I love those mornings when I can wake up to the feeling of the gazing sun caressing my face.

 Unlike all of the countless morning before, I would have to think twice and even thrice about getting out of bed; just another 10 minutes-just another 15 minutes.

 But no, this morning the sun invited me to begin my day with a smile-promising me that this will be a great one. And with that promise, I jumped right out of my bed, turned on some music and began my day!

 And it kept its promise indeed! Nothing particular happened. However, the mere fact that the sun accompanied me wherever I went was all I needed. It was all everyone else seemed to have needed. I felt as if everything was lighter-easier to deal with today-people whom I did not know greeted me and even smiled (this usually does not happen!). Restaurants were empty inside as consumers crowded outside to find every bit of sun possible-tables and chairs were all out on the sidewalks, the drivers on the roads did not seem aggressive as usual-needing to get from A to B as quickly a possible. There was a pleasant air of peace and calm. Even the dogs looked happier today!

 

It was not actually very warm, but that did not matter-the sun was out and that mattered!

In the 14C degree sun, I put my garden chair outside onto the balcony and soaked up as much sun as I could handle. 1 hour was enough, until I could no longer feel my toes. That was a sign that it was time to head inside. To close the evening, I made a pesto-this time from basil. It was fresh, and light and summer-y-and it hit just the right spot!

 Oh, how I look forward to more of this!

Pesto

  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 cups of basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup of pine nuts
  • ¼ cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 

In a frying pan, lightly roast the pine nuts just until they begin to turn golden in colour to bring out the flavour. Place the garlic, basil leaves, the toasted pine nuts, half of the grated cheese and half of the oil into a food processor, and mix until well blended. Then with a spoon, mix in the rest of the oil and season to taste.

Instead of using a food processor, you may want to try using a mortar and pestle. I find that this makes the taste more intense. I do not now if this really is the case or simply because of the extra effort made. But I do appreciate it more. Try it for yourself!