How to Make: Pesto


We will start from the basics. Who doesn't love pesto? And I don't mean this in the supermarkets (whose texture reminds me more of an illness ), but the homemade one that will fill your home's air with a delicious smell. Alternatively, if you have time no at all, you can search for some fresh store-bought pestos (in the deli sections of the supermarkets). This one touches a little bit the perfection of homemade pesto. Just a little, by a little click.


Ingredients (makes 1/2 jar)

:: 2-3 large handfuls of fresh basil leaves

:: 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

:: 1/4 cup pine nuts

:: 1/3 cup olive oil

:: 1 clove garlic

:: 1/4 teaspoon of salt and plenty of grounded pepper


Mash all ingredients in the blender or you can do the same thing by hand with a mortar and pestle. I , personally, will go for a not-evenly porridge pesto, as in that case I can't taste the flavors. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

So, this pesto will be your homework for today and tomorrow I will show you 3 of my favorite pesto recipes. Deal?


Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

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She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

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