Today was an incredibly exciting dinner for me: I got to use the basil I’ve grown from seed to make pesto sauce.
I bought the tiny black seeds back in early February, when it was windy and cold and stormy, and I coddled them and fawned over them and gave them a place of honor in a sunny windowsill.
As they grew bigger and then I had far more plants that I knew what to do with, I hurried to put them in whatever pots I could find.
And now they perfume my little deck garden with their heady, brash perfume as they attract tiny bees and other insects. And they yield delicious pesto sauce and flavor salads and star in insalata caprese.
If you click on this picture, you can have a pictorial recipe of sorts. All you need is to add slowly to a food chopper and voilà!