Annabel has since released other cookbooks and products and here is the link to her website. I really fell in love with Annabel on my honeymoon (I know it should have been my husband) when I visted Lake Wanaka (see picture below) where Annabel's TV show is based. I know that she doesn't live there all year round but I still made my husband drive around and look for her property in the hard-to-drive-camper we hired. Love him!
Each season proceeds through starters and salads to heavier meals and then to desserts.
- 3 Ears of corn cooked and cooled. Remove the kernels from the corn. Give a taste to the cat.
- 6 Cherry tomatoes cut in half
- Croutons made from sourdough bread toasted and rubbed with garlic and Italian herbs (2 slices)
- Pesto dressing (see below)
Pesto Dressing (really just Pesto):
- Pine nuts toasted (2 Tablespoons)
- Raw Almonds toasted (2 Tablespoons)
- I bunch Basil
- 2 handfuls of rocket (put in colander and blanch and refresh - should look much less and cooked)
- Grating of Parmesan
- Lemon juice
- Lemon zest
- Olive Oil
I make my pesto in the food processor by putting in all the ingredients, except the Olive Oil, and whiz to a mush and the pour Olive Oil in the funnel until it looks like the right consistency and the taste and adjust seasonings.
This was the first time I had added almonds or rocket and I thought it mellowed out the flavour of the garlic significantly (which I like). It also means that it costs less to make as basil and pine nuts are more expensive than almonds and rocket (at least in Australia - and I cannot get Basil to grow). In Annabel's Pesto recipe she uses only almonds and rocket.
The pesto made enough for the salad (which I was so excited to eat that I forgot to take a photo of it) and my lunch (see photo below) with still some left over. The salad made three serves.