January 2024 Recipe Club


(Updated 02/02/24)

Welcome to Nourish & Tempt's first edition of Recipe club! This month, we’re exploring the wonderful world of pesto, a vibrant and flavourful Italian condiment. Capable of elevating pasta, salads, sandwiches, and more; its adaptability and ease-to-make contribute to its status as a beloved and timeless culinary classic.

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Welcome to the very first edition of Nourish & Tempt’s recipe club, a new community initiative that I’ve been so excited to share with you all.

Introducing Recipe Club

Every month, I’ll handpick a recipe from Nourish & Tempt that anyone can make. The recipe will showcase a nifty culinary technique, and spotlight a nutritional aspect, to help grow your kitchen skills and understanding of nutrition.

You can make the dish for your eating pleasure alone, or enter to win the monthly competition. Check out the exciting prize below that’s awaiting this month winner.

How to participate

  1. Make the challenge recipe and take a photo of the completed dish
  2. Email your entry to recipeclub@nourishandtempt.com with the subject line “Recipe Club Entry”
  3. Entry must include your name, where you live and the photo of the completed dish
  4. Submissions close on the last day of the month.

Check out the Recipe Club FAQ for full challenge details.

The Recipe

This Basil Pesto with Lemon & Toasted Pine Nuts brings a burst of citrusy freshness to traditional pesto. With just a handful of ingredients needed, whiz it up in 15 minutes using a food processor (no mortar and pestle needed!).

You’ll learn through making this recipe

  1. The art of balancing flavours. Pesto is all about achieving a harmonious balance of flavours – herbaceous, creaminess, savoury, and a hint of sharpness. Balancing each element ensures not one single flavour dominates or overpowers, but still contributes to a well-balanced, captivating mouthful. You’ll be taste testing your pesto, and tweaking the flavours at the end to suit you.
  2. Emulsification technique. Incorporating the olive oil gradually while blending is a key technique in pesto making. This process, known as emulsification, temporarily bings ingredients that are otherwise prone to separating, create a cohesive consistency and silky mouthfeel.
5 from 2 votes
Lemon Basil Pesto with Toasted Pine Nuts
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The Prize

This month we have a beautiful Joseph Joseph Folio™ Steel 4-Piece Stainless-Steel Chopping Board Set (RRP: $249.99 NZD) up for grabs. Here’s why I love it:

  • It’s super stylish. It’s slimline, stainless steel, finger-print proof and a lovely statement piece for your kitchen countertop.
  • The boards are cleverly organised with colour-coded accents. Designate specific boards when prepping different food groups e.g. red for raw meat, green for veggies, blue for seafood, and white for cooked foods – just like a professional kitchen.
  • They’re safe, stable and practical to use. Each board has a double-sided knife-friendly and textured cutting surface, as well as non-slip feet.

Best of Luck!

I’m looking forward to seeing your entries. I hope you enjoy making this recipe, and most importantly – happy eating.

Danijela xx

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