I have been wanting to make pesto the old-fashioned way, with a mortar and pestle. Today was the day to try out the marble tools that I inherited from my mom.
Yesterday, before I went to the market, I looked up pesto on Wikipedia. This article was interesting to read, because it not only provided the traditional ingredients and modern variations, but it also gave some history as well. I already had walnuts, a variation from pine nuts, and some basil from my garden. I had fresh garlic, and extra virgin olive oil. All I needed to pick up at the store was some Parmesan cheese.
I didn’t really measure things out. This was an experiment, to find out what proportions I prefer. Here goes:
Crush one small clove of garlic and a large handful of shelled walnuts in a mortar, using a pestle. The traditional mortar is marble, and the traditional pestle is wooden, but both of my implements are marble.
Add several small or one large basil leaf, washed and dried.
Tomorrow, I will show you how I used my fresh pesto!