Surrey Street Treat: whatever-the-weather pesto

By - Wednesday 1st April, 2015

It’s April and the weather is unpredictable. Jess Bashford has a foodie recommendation

Luckily, my mum enjoyed the crunchy courgette fritters I cooked up in my last recipe. But this month, I wanted to make something that needs a little less attention (and is embarrassingly easy).

We’re not sure what the weather’s going to be like this April. Will we see a heatwave? Or will we have some April showers? So I’m showing you my recipe for something that’s good whatever the weather: pesto.

If you’ve got a spontaneous barbecue to deal with, you can pop it on a pasta salad or over some skewers. If it’s miserable and drizzly, it’ll bring some sunshine to a warm bowl of pasta or add an extra layer to a creamy risotto.

If you can get hold of basil from the market, then use that. But it’s guaranteed you’ll always find garlic there, so this is a recipe that just wouldn’t be the same without that humble ingredient.

From the market: 3 garlic cloves.

From the kitchen: 50g basil leaves, 100g pine nuts, 10 tbsp parmesan (I know it’s a lot) and at least 200ml olive oil.


1) Peel your garlic cloves and really roughly chop them.

2) Then pop them in a bowl with your basil, pine nuts, parmesan and a few glugs of the oil. (You can add your ingredients bit by bit if you like and taste as you go. That way, you can get a pesto that really suits you.)

3) Now it’s time to blitz it all up. I use a hand blender and whizz everything up because it’s so quick.

4) Once everything’s blitzed and come together, add in your oil and stir it into the mixture to loosen it up. Add as much oil as you like to get the consistency you want. (I don’t like mine too runny – but I like it runny enough to coat a load of pasta.)

5) Serve it in whatever way you like. (For me, I reckon it’ll be enough for around six helpings of pasta.) Then all that’s left is to eat your Surrey Street treat.

Jess Bashford

Jess Bashford

Jess Bashford is a writer at a brand language consultancy and an English literature and creative writing graduate. She’s passionate about showing that Croydon is a great place to live and excited to delve into Croydon’s cultural side. She loves all things wordy and foody.

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