Making pesto with children

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Pick some basil, rocket and parsley from the garden.

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Wash it…

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Pick the leaves from the stalks…

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Used the pestle and mortar to pound and crush the green leaves …

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Put the crushed greens in a seperate dish and crush the pinenuts in the pestle and mortar

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Finely grate some parmesan cheese … you can leave the cheese out for a dairy free option.

This grater was purchased from Ikea and has three different lids with small, medium or large holes to change the grating size and also catches all of the grated cheese!

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Mix everything together in the mortar. Add a drizzle of olive oil and required. No measurements just a bit of this and a bit of that until it looks right. Season with salt to taste.

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Serve it with plain water crackers, rice crackers or toast. Keep some to mix in with your pasta for dinner.

When children have helped to make something I find they are more willing to try it.

You could do this one on one with a child or set it up so that three or four children are helping at a time so they move from gathering greens to grating cheese to crushing nuts etc until they have all had a turn at each part of the process … including eating some!

Lucy x

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