Pesto is a perfect summer recipe. It uses up the piles of basil that you will be trying to get through by this time in the season, and is the perfect light and zingy meal for a warm, sunny afternoon. There is also something positively therapeutic about the satisfyingly simple process of making it that is a lovely way to wind down to the relaxed mood that should be a guaranteed feature of every August afternoon.
I use the recipe that Matthew Fort swears by and that was published in The Guardian a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately I can't seem to track this down online so instead I've had to link to another by Antonio Carluccio that is pretty much the shame and that I'm sure will taste just as good. And for those of you who've never made your own pesto before? I implore you to have a go because it is so easy and because it tastes so much better than any you will ever buy in a jar, and I can also assure you that it is one recipe that is just as much fun to make as it is to eat.