L’Herbe Royale Makes Nice Genovese

Basil has an incredibly sweet and pungent smell;  you can replace a bouquet of flowers with them if you’re okay with a monotone display.  After my lunch break at the Copley Farmers Market, I was walking around the office with my bouquet of basil when my boss came up to me (he must have been slightly puzzled why I was galloping down the hall with some greens in my hand) and asked if I was going to make pesto.  People purchase basil to make two things: tomato, basil, and mozzarella sandwich or pesto. We made the Genovese but there are alternatives:

Genovese (Italy and America):  basil, salt, garlic, olive oil, pine nuts, cheese
Pistou (France): basil, garlic, olive oil
Rosso(Sicily): less basil, salt, garlic, olive oil, almonds, tomatoes

This L’Herbe Royale as the French would call it, also has many interesting rituals and  beliefs associated with it, and one of the popular beliefs is that basil is a symbol for love.  Come to think of it, we only ever hear people saying how much they LOVE this green! Let us know if you hear otherwise.

1/4 cup pine nuts
5 cloves chopped garlic
2.5 cups or 2 bunches of basil leaves
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1/2  to 3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan

1. Sauté pine nuts so they are lightly burnt.
2. Put pine nuts, chopped garlic, and a little bit of olive oil into the mixer and pulse.
3.  Divide the batch of basil into thirds.  Place each batch into the mixer while pouring olive oil.
4.  Put in Parmesan and the rest of the olive oil.
5.  Add salt and pepper to your liking and mix.
6.  If it’s too dry, add more oil.  If you want more flavor, add more salt and pepper.  The measurements above are guidelines.
*if you have any leftovers, put them in an ice-cube tray and freeze them!

So what inspired WGTB to make pesto?
Farmers markets have been taking over the Boston area and we’ve been in an euphoric state.
Boston winters are brutal,
but farmers markets are a reminder that seasonal change is a bliss.
Some countries don’t get to experience four changes in one year.
Not even Hawaii.
Seasons bring out certain moods, memories, and a variety of produce.
It’s all so peachy.

Golden Raspberries vs Red Raspberries
Beautiful flowers and Heirloom Striped Roman Tomatoes from Neighborhood Farm at the Roslindale Farmers Market.

Oyster Mushrooms, Mini Tomatoes, and our favorite,
Beets!!!

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

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