Bamboozled . . .

I’ve been buying pesto in a jar for a few years, found a version I liked, and stuck with it as a staple in my food cupboard. But the other day I made the mistake of checking the ingredients…

I mean what could be simpler – basil, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan and olive oil. Perhaps a little vinegar or lemon juice to preserve it. So you can imagine my surprise to discover my favourite includes bamboo!

I may not be a trained chef, I may not even be a food scientist – but I am most definitely not a panda! The bamboo is not there out of tradition, or even for my health. Mostly it is there for bulk, for texture.

So another staple item I need to start making for myself.

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