Friday, June 05, 2009
Il Nostro Inviato is growing basil (basilico) in an earth box my father sent us. We used some of the homegrown basil to make gemelli al pesto last week, and wow, it was good! (See photo below)
You really don't need much space to grow basil, and it's one of those plants whose smell transports me immediately to Italy. And of course, it pleases my senses. Ciambellina just adores the color green!
I'd also like to add that making pesto at home is not very hard. You need a blender and only a handful of ingredients: basil, pine nuts, olive oil and parmesan (the recipes usually call for another type of cheese such as pecorino but we often only have one grating cheese on hand).
In this case, the difference between making the sauce at home and buying it ready-made is significant. It's just not something that can easily be mass-produced and then sold in a timely fashion.