Classic Basil Pesto

As soon as my basil plants start to flower I prune them back to ensure it keeps producing more leaves. In doing so, I am left with an excess load of basil. So I decided to make a basil pesto following Jamie Oliver’s Recipe. This recipe is different from the usual and involves using a mortar and pestle instead of a food processor. This method does involve more time and effort but the end result is worth it.

The basic ingredients for a basil pesto involves the following:

  • Basil
  • Pine Nuts or Almonds (toasted)
  • Garlic
  • Parmesan Chesse
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Lemon Juice
  • Salt and Pepper

Adding lemon juice is optional but I always add it to my pesto as it balances out the strong flavour of Extra Virgin Olive oil. I usually just play around with the above ingredients until it reaches my desired taste.

IMG_3134IMG_3135IMG_3141IMG_3138IMG_3144IMG_3145IMG_3151IMG_3153In comparison to making pesto in a food processor the end result is much more flavoursome (afterall you are crushing all the basil by hand) and you won’t be left with a mushy basil pesto at all.

If you want to try something new, I would recommend trying this method to make your next basil pesto. Your feedback is always welcomed.

With Love





When you tend to your little veggies and watch them grow daily they start to become your babies. The excitement you feel when you see a little green stalk sprout is indescribable. This excitement is heightened when you see your first edible thing no matter how big it is. So you can imagine how emotional I get when I see my plants are dying.

My gardening partner without my consent decided to transplant some carrots after seeing they were very bunched together. Thank god he didn’t transplant all of them. They seemed to be doing alright in the evening however the next day the green tops of the carrots had wilted and they weren’t looking very happy.

The truth is carrots don’t like to be moved. It is preferred carrots are seeded and not transplanted. If transplanted they are likely to developed forked roots if not transplanted well. Personally, I avoid transplanting them mainly because of the Australian Sun. However if your in a cooler climate I would give transplanting a try. After all experimenting is the key to success in any garden.




Thinning Carrots

The best thing to do is let them grow until they reach a reasonable size and then thin them. To thin, hold the plant at soil level and firmly remove the entire plant from the soil. Then mound more soil around the roots you don’t want to leave the tops of the carrots (the orange parts) exposed to sunlight. Remove the weakest ones first then those sneaky ones that are growing right on top of each other.

I will have to keep you updated on whether or not those transplanted carrots survive in the heat and looking at those photos I probably need to do some more thinning. Feel free to subscribe to my blog if you enjoyed reading this post.

With Love,