Recipe Basil Pesto

Keywords; recipe basil pesto, extra virgin olive oil.

Salads can be a little dull, day after week and month; this will certainly brighten your lunch table, and it's so simple.

Banting is the rage right now, and it has serious dangers if you aren't having a green salad every day, and several eggs a week; water soluble vitamins B6, 9 and 12 must be eaten regularly to prevent a toxic homocysteine build up.

To build a beautiful herb garden takes a lot of planning and work but, for me, most of them grow like weeds and we just plant a row of parsley, and then perhaps another of cilantro. It's all a bit higgledy piggledy but it's so simple and easy; fruitful too.

The garden represents your personality, and how much time you have on your hands. Ours is all very rough and ready. Pepperdews and jalapenos are dotted about, potatoes and corn in another; always some legumes. Pole beans and limas grow like weeds in the summer, and green peas in the autumn and winter. It's not very pretty, but it keeps us in abundant, healthy organic fruit and veggies. What is basil you may be asking.

Somewhere there must every summer be a spot for sweet basil; really it grows like a weed.

So, what goes into your pesto? It's simple; a handful of sweet basil, a tablespoon of pine nuts, a good slosh of olive oil and parmesan cheese. What could be easier?

What is pesto? A simple dish made of Sweet Basil, Pine Nuts, Extra virgin olive oil and Parmesan Cheese; so easy to make in your own home. Add a clove of garlic if you like.

Sweet basil will grow like a weed in any summer garden, the scent of the flowers simply heavenly; only the pine nuts are relatively expensive. Our recipe basil pesto should be standard fare in every home periodically.

Recipe Basil Pesto

A traditional salad might consist of lettuce and tomato and few sticks of celery; I like to add a couple radishes and some sprouts are always welcome. In our mid climate, I prefer straight from the garden, but when I lived in Chicago we sprouted right through the winter.

Now, just rustle up some hummus or pesto and you have the perfect lunch.

  • Chop up a handful of sweet basil leaves.
  • Add to it a clove of gardlic, and even a slither of chili if you like it spicy.
  • Add a tablespoon of pine nuts and keep chopping with a heavy knife until it's nice and fine. Try them both raw or lightly roasted on a hot pan.
  • Now grate a few tablespoons of parmesan cheese into the mixture and add some salt to taste; keep chopping.
  • Squeeze into a small cake in the palm of your hand and put into a pretty bowl.
  • Add a couple tablespoons of olive oil, stirring it in. 

So that's how it's all done. Deck your lunch table with some freshly baked low GI bread, a block of butter and half a pound of cheese. A bowl of Mexican avocado soup is so easy, if you have a couple of the fruit that need to be eaten today.

It's all about getting those aromatic oils and phytosterols into our diet; these are the kinds of foods that kept our grandparents so healthy; it's part of the reason why they weren't swallowing bucket loads of pills like our generation has to. 

Butter is back by the way; it should never have been despatched in the first place. A very strong research meta analysis shows there is not a shred of scientific evidence that changing to margarine has any proven benefit.

Sweet basil is prone to mildew; if you live in a misty climate like ours, one must have successive sowings.


Providing variety and deeply aromatic flavours is what makes Mediterranean cooking so interesting. A salad, day after day, can get a bit dull, but by use of pesto, or our authentic hummus recipe or olive pate, it's possible to make an exciting meal out of a dull salad in a very short time.

By adding pesto to your meal, you've just added two of the mandatory five colours that we should consume daily, if we want to reduce the chances of getting cancer; olive pate too. Actually new research shows that those who eat 8 coloured foods per day, over twenty years have a 35 percent lower rate of all cause death; that's massive.

One other joy of these condiments is that, being rich in vegetable protein and olive oil fat, they lower the glycemic index of any suspect carbohydrate; for example on bread, or on the side with a baked potato.  They fit in perfectly with the banting diet.

"Extra Virgin" olive oil

Only extra virgin olive oil contains oleocanthal that acts as an anti inflammatory agent reducing the pain and inflammation in the body. Use ordinary olive oil only for cooking.

Read more about oleocanthal at the olive pate link above.

  • Herbs oleocanthal oil

Costly? Yes, spend the extra on extra virgin olive oil or spend umpteen times as much having the aches and pains in your body sorted.

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Every family has its favourite; well, having said that, some of us eat salads very reluctantly, and only if it's smothered with mayo. Mayonaise it's okay if it's homemade with olive oil, but the supermarket stuff is make with polyunsaturated oil, and loaded with chemicals; a recipe for inflammation in the body and cancer.

Research shows that folk who enjoy eight coloured foods per day, on average, have a 35% lower all cause of death; and that research was done over a twenty year period.

One day add your recipe basil pesto, another a dollop of hummus; homemade mayonnaise is fine too, but we warned. All these healthy side dressings, devoid of chemicals don't keep. Yes, it takes energy to eat healthily.


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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.

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