Quick Basil Pesto
Makes 2 cups
1 bunch of fresh Basil, washed and patted dry
3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
3/4 cup olive oil
1 cup Pecorino cheese (or Grana Padano), grated
A handful of pine nuts
Sea Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Combine the basil, garlic and pine nuts in a food processor and blend coarsely. Add the olive oil in a slow steady stream while the motor is running.
While the motor is switched off, add the cheese, salt and pepper to taste. Process briefly, then pour out into a small bowl and cover until ready to use.
Rock Cakes as requested by my heavily pregnant sister Amaka. She’s been craving these so she inspired me to whip up a batch and boy it was good.
226g self-raising flour
113g demerara sugar plus some for sprinkling
113g dried mixed fruit and nuts (currants, nuts, sultanas, peel etc.)
a splash of milk
1/2 tsp ground mixed spice
1/2 tsp cinnamon (I am a sucker for nuts in baked treats and the kids love it too)
2 tsps of Nutmeg (Go easy on this if you don’t like nutmeg, opt for 1 tsp instead)
1 teaspoon of Cloves (Or half if you prefer)
Put oven on to Gas Mark 6/200C and grease a large baking tray.
Sieve flour into bowl (or buy no sieve flour!).
Add butter and rub with fingertips until it looks like fine bread crumbs.
Stir in sugar and fruit if using, then add an egg and stir in till it becomes a sticky dough.
Add a splash of milk at a time
Place the mixture in generous lumps on a baking tray and then sprinkle with sugar.
Bake till its golden brown or a skewer comes out clean
Serve with jam or clotted cream(or both if you prefer) and a nice cup of tea