Constantly experimenting, Chef plays all day in his kitchen, combining flavours like sun-dried tomato and chocolate, baking breads from ground flowers… both of which I tried — amazing! He teaches workshops to make the very recipes that he sells in his bakery, inspiring people to play and become confident in the kitchen. Mint — This is a common flavour match to sweet basil — it lifts and brightens the dish. It imparts a light, almost floral taste with a citrus touch. Candlenuts — This is a nut found in Asia with a very mild flavour, but gives the pesto its body. You can substitute this for any nut pine, almond, walnut.
Asian Pesto | Pesto recipe, Food processor recipes, Pesto
I made this last year for Christmas presents and it was a smash hit! People have used it as a marinade, a stir-through sauce with pasta and as an accompaniment to dishes. I use a hand blender to get this one going. Roughly blend the cashews and leaves. Add garlic, lemon grass and ginger, with the sesame oil, fish sauce and half the oil. Blend to desired consistancy - add more oil as needed.
If you have lemons, make lemonade. If you have basil, make pesto! This version has Asian influences and, like the Italian original, can add an enormous amount of flavor and character to a dish with just a couple of tablespoons. Try it stirred into plain steamed rice or noodles, as a sandwich condiment it is amazing on Vietnamese bahn mi , or slathered on grilled chicken toward the end of cooking.