Saturday, November 26, 2011

Green is good

 Recent rain followed by some refreshingly cool weather has left my garden a pretty shade of green.  Everything looks so much brighter with the dust washed off and some new growth emerging.  So today I am sharing some moments from my week; all with a green theme.

Firstly, a second hand purchase.  This groovy old chair came in a set of 5 with a matching green table from my favourite treasure trove in Mildura at Stockdale and Leggo.  The tabletop is featured below.

My freshly clipped topiary olive tree.

I am thrilled with these slightly unusual but beautiful Tromboncino Zucchini which are just starting to produce and threatening to invade half of my vegetable patch.

Finally, this deliciously rich and chunky pesto recipe.  Perfect served on a piece of bread, with pasta or potatoes.  Enjoy!

The papa’s pesto – recipe adapted from The Real Food Companion, Matthew Evans 

80g (1/2 cup) pine nuts*
2-3 gloves garlic
70g (about 2 cups gently pressed) basil leaves
250 ml (1 cup) extra virgin olive oil
40g Italian parmesan cheese, finely grated
40g pecorino cheese, finely grated
Makes around 430g

Put the pines nut and garlic in a food processor and process to form a paste.

Add the basil leaves, then pulse, scraping down the sides regularly.  Add half of the oil, continue processing, then add the cheeses and the remaining oil and pulse to just combine.  The pesto will remain bright green in colour unless you over-process it.  Season with salt and freshly milled black pepper to taste.

Store the pesto in a sterilised airtight jar in the refrigerator for 1 week, although it is best consumed within a few days of making.

* I substitute the pine nuts with almonds as I tend to have almonds on hand more regularly and also find pine nuts turn rancid quite quickly.  


  1. Hi Jane, I love your olive tree! Very nice. I agree with you about the pine nuts, I've been keeping mine in the freezer with some success.

  2. I love all of your gorgeous 'green' things in this post Jane, especially that perfectly manicured Olive tree - very inspiring..

    Thanks for sharing your pesto recipe, I look forward to giving it a go with the oodles of Basil we are harvesting here at the moment..

    Jodie :)

  3. I love those chairs and table....lucky you! Your green theme is very inspiring, does your olive tree fruit or is it just ornamental? It looks great :-)

  4. Hello and thanks for the comments! No the olive tree does not fruit, only because I chop it back so often!

  5. Your table and chair set is a great find! Your zucchini looks good, we here in Wisconsin are freezing with the temps in the low 20's, and your trimmed tree is perfectly round. Very impressive. ❤

  6. That pesto looks perfect! And an olive tree. Lucky you!

  7. I am green with envy hehe, love that chair!

  8. Wow that chair is a blast from the past! I am 52, and my parents had these chairs around the 'kitchen table' as it was called then. Our tabletop was green with really thin dark squiggle. It had aluminium trim around the edge. I actually think Dad still has it in his shed so will have a look next time I go down. Kathryn :)

    1. Thanks Kathryn, I have actually just had these chairs recovered and they look like new again!


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