We've been invited to a friend's BBQ on Christmas Day. In NZ it is customary to 'bring a plate' (i.e. bring some food - not an actual plate!!) when you go to a 'do' at someone's home. They're organising all the meaty stuff, so I'm going to take some salad. Pesto rice salad to be more precise.
I'm ashamed to say I only made pesto for the first time this year. Before that I always made do with the jarred variety. Now there's nothing wrong with bought pesto, but once you've made your own, and what's more realised just how easy it is to make, I'd be surprised if you went back to buying jars again.
I did my Christmas fruit and veg shop yesterday. Thought I may aswell make the pesto today while the basil was so fresh (and will save me from having to remember to water it).
Fresh basil leaves
2-3 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
Handful pine nuts
Handful or two freshly grated parmesan cheese
Clove or two garlic
Place all ingredients in food processor, and whizz! Multitude of ways to serve, but for now I've popped mine in a jar in the fridge to keep for making the rice salad for Christmas Eve.