Apologies to those not familiar with the hysterical British comedy series ‘Fawlty Towers’, but everytime I make something with basil I think of Sybil Fawlty’s dulcit tones shouting; ‘BASIL! BASIL!’ and his comeback, which was more often than not something along the lines : ‘Coming my little piranha fish’.
Basil is high in vitamins and minerals in general and vitamins A and K and iron in particular. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
Two handfuls of fresh basil
1 handful of pinenuts
1 handful of cashew nuts
8 cherry tomatoes
3 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of freshly-grated parmesan cheese
Sea salt, pepper and paprika to taste
Blend all of the ingredients in a food processor to form a paste. Serve with either green beans or pasta.