Hawke's Bay winter pesto
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Serves: About half a cup
  • Bunch of herbs roughly chopped (basil, coriander, parsley or rocket work well), tough stalks removed about 100g
  • Two or three large cloves of garlic or a clove of elephant garlic, peeled
  • 90g best quality New Zealand olive, avocado or walnut oil
  • 50g tasty cheese or substitute a couple of tablespoons of nutritional yeast for a vegan version
  • 50g nuts (walnuts, cashews, pine nuts or hazelnuts)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Zest and juice of a lemon or lime
  1. Place the ingredients in a mini blender or liquidiser and blend until smooth.
  2. Scrape down the sides at least once to ensure everything is combined.
  3. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  4. Add a little more oil to get the consistency you prefer.
  5. Divide into small jars or pottles and store in the fridge or freezer.
Recipe by The Kitchen Garden at https://thekitchengarden.co.nz/hawkes-bay-winter-pesto/