There is something just devine about sitting down to freshly made Pesto! It always reminds me of going to visit my Parents and my Dad making a big batch (extra garlic) and the two of us tucking in and enjoying every bite.... then coming home, the waft of garlic entering the house before me and my husband saying "Your Dad made Pesto again". If you know me, you know that I love garlic on everything... I must be part Italian somewhere. Pesto just gives me a reason to have as much as I want and blame the pesto. I ran out of Parmesan cheese last night and really needed some pesto for my steak and so I came up with this recipe! The lime gives it a great tang that can be missing without the Parmesan. It is absolutely delicious and don't worry, I have made it garlic safe for you all, but should you want to add more be my guest. 



1 1/4 cups almonds, lightly toasted

2 tsp garlic

3/4 cup of basil leaves

1/2-1 fresh lime, juiced

Salt, a generous pinch

1/2 cup Olive oil



Place all of the ingredients except the oil into a blender and turn on. Slowly add the oil until combined. 

Chill in the fridge and serve.

Ok, so it's confession time....

I have the best husband in the world....

No, that's not the confession although it is true, it is what I put him through.... Yes, he is my husband, but he is also my chief recipe tester and even as I write this, I am laughing as I type, with my two sons wondering why I am nearly crying from laughter at a computer screen.

I have been working on some recipes for my new cook book and let's just say that he is getting interesting experiments in his lunch box. One recipe that I have been working on is a Gluten free, refined sugar free chocolate cup cake. First attempt, I was so happy with the way that they looked, I iced all twelve of them and proudly placed one in front of him. To which he replied "Thanks, yum"! I had already tasted one and knew how "yummy" they really were. He took a BIG bite and began to chew.

Calmly he got up, walked to the bin, spat it out and said "not one of your best efforts". Got to love him! Strike one.....

So I thought I would try my oldest son who is four. He couldn't wait for them to cook and was excited as he sat down to his table. One bite, priceless face and a spat out bite later... "yuck.... I don't like it" not as polite as Daddy, but at least honest. A few tweaks, four batches later and hey presto a new recipe that they can't get enough of !