This afternoon I met up with Richie for a coffee and chat. The basil in my veggie patch has also been going berserk, so I harvested quite a bit and decided to make some basil pesto for my own dinners and lunches, and to also give some to Richie.
|Using the mortar and pestle to crush pine nuts with the basil leaves.|
|Then mixing in crushed garlic, grated parmesan cheese and extra virgin olive oil.|
Richie was very pleased with the fragrant, fresh pesto and I also gave him some basil leaves to put on his home made pizzas.
We had a lovely time together at a wonderful local coffee shop I have just discovered in Kilsyth. It's called Essenza and came very highly recommended.
Richie said the coffee was really great. I don't drink coffee, but I had a peppermint tea and we shared a savoury muffin. It was presented so beautifully - it looked like a pot plant - and tasted delicious with basil pesto, slightly warmed cherry tomatoes and parsley on top and butter and tomato relish on the side.