Basil in our garden

This morning while I was watering our plants, I was so happy to see my basil plants growing. I planted for five plants but only four grew. However, they were growing fast and I am so glad to see how the leaves bloom over the weeks.

I am so ready for the basil to grow, reason why I always have olive oil and pasta. My family is really not familiar with pesto pasta, I am not sure with some other Filipino families. I learnt to make pesto from my brother, who is a very good cook, extremely gifted in cooking. My father does not know about this pesto, he doesn’t even know what basil plants are for. So, I taught him how to do it (though I know he would not do it.. haha). My father is here with me because he wanted to spend his birthday with us.

Let me also share with you how I did the pesto sauce.


  • Basil leaves
I harvested some of the leaves from the four plants.
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Pine Nuts or Sunflower seeds (I don’t have these ingredients this morning but I still did the sauce)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Parmesan cheese

How to prepare:

  1. Wash the basil leaves thoroughly.
  2. With the amount of basil leaves that I harvested, I prepared seven garlic cloves.
This is the amount of what I harvested.

3. Put the garlic cloves, olive oil, salt, pepper, cheese and pine nuts in a mixer grinder. I put around 1/4 cup of olive basil. If you have pine nuts, you could also put 1/4 cup of it. Salt and pepper depends on your taste. I put parmesan cheese to add more flavor.

4. Turn on the mixer grinder and when all the ingredients are finely grinded. Then you have your pesto sauce.

Photo by Thiea Alhoz on

I also put this pesto sauce on baked salmon, baked chicken breast and toasted bread. I love it. It is really a blessing to be able to grow plants that I really love. If you have a small space for planting in your home, you could try to grow your favorite plant there too.



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