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I had plenty of basil in the garden, but the season is almost over now. The other day I picked the last bunch. Pasta with pesto is the fastest food I know, and it tastes wonderful when the basil is freshly picked.
Collect, wash and drain fresh basil. Fry pine nuts in a dry saucepan. In a blender, puree the basil and the pine nuts with lemon zest and juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic. Proportions are up to your taste. Meanwhile, cook pasta. Mix the pesto with the pasta and add grated Parmesan cheese (optional).

This is ramsons (Allium ursinum, wild garlic or bear's garlic) season. I bought some seeds and sowed it in the backyard. Looking forward to get my own ramsons, but until then we took a trip to collect some leaves in the forest, where it grows wildly.

This is how I made the pesto:

  • Fry seeds in a dry pan. It can be any seeds you like - my favourite ones are sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Cool them down and ground them roughly.
  • Rinse and dry the ramsons leaves. Mash them in a food processor.
  • Wash a couple of organic lemons. Grate the skin and press the juice.
  • Mix ramsons leaves, seeds, zest and juice in a bowl. Spoon it in a jar tightly without leaving any air bubbles. Pour a little olive oil on it after every third or fourth spoon. Pour some olive oil on the top, too, close the jar and place it in the fridge at least for 24 hour.

This pesto has an intense garlic taste with a long, mild aftertaste of the fried seeds. Use it on pasta, toast, lamb or beef.
You can keep the pesto in fridge up to 6 months.