18 Brigham Creek Road
Whenuapai
Auckland 0618
New Zealand
The Herb Patch
Let your food be medicine and your medicine be food

Recipes

Sweet Basil Pesto

3 cups of fresh basil pushed full

1/3 cup roasted pine nuts (toasted sunflower seeds or cashew nuts can be used)

1/3 cup grated parmesan

1/3 cup Fresh Olive oil, (Extra virgin gives a strong flavour)

1/3 cup lemon juice

2 cloves of fresh NZ garlic

Salt and pepper to taste

Throw all in a food processor blend until smooth.

Taste and add what you require more lemon, salt, garlic or parmesan dependant on individual taste.

Store in an airtight container, with sliced lemon on top.


Creamy Eggplant Pasta

1 red onion
2 cloves of garlic
Handful of chives
Handful of basil
2 x sprigs of sage can use thyme or tarragon for a flavour change.
1 egg plant
2 courgettes
1 x cup sliced mushroom
1 x red capsicum
Bunch of spinach
250ml cream
Grated cheese to top
(Chicken, Bacon, scallops or prawns can be added by lightly frying off first and adding to the creamy mixture to cook)

Place onion and garlic in a Tbsp sunflower oil and lightly fry add mushrooms, egg plant, capsicum and courgette add herbs finely chopped, when vegetables are softened add cream and allow to reduce at a gentle heat, will thicken as reduces. Add grated cheese to finish (parmesan, feta or edam) add any other tasty delights as above if you wish.

Serve as a sauce over your favourite Pasta cooked in the normal way.