I know some people don’t think much of electric hand blenders. Those people are lunatics. Three words: Soup, Humus and Pesto. I understand that all these things were made by-hand in the pre-EHB era but that was the in ‘olden days’. In the ‘olden days’ people washed clothes and scrubbed floors by hand. All of these hand-powered activities would be considered lunacy in this day and age hence my uncompromising statement.
An electric hand blender is an indispensable kitchen tool for most chefs but it’s particularly useful for vegan cooks. Why? because you can also make humus in literally two minutes with an electric hand blender. It’s essentially an AK47 for vegans, if you don’t have one, get one. Then the next time an Apache helicopter launched by Nestlé, Danone, or Associated British Foods bears down on your position you’ll be able to defend yourself. Okay, so I don’t think you can shoot down an Apache helicopter with an AK47, and I may have went too far with this analogy, but you get my drift.
A large bunch of fresh basil
A handful of pine nuts if your feeling flush, or cashews
A couple of gluggs of olive or quality rape seed oil
A clove of finely chopped garlic
Cook the linguine according the the packet instructions.
Place the basil, oil and garlic into a bowl and blitz with an electric hand blender until the mixture is the consistency of, er, pesto.
Mix through warm linguine and scatter some toasted pine nuts on the top. I’ve used toasted walnuts here because I couldn’t face parting with three quid for a tiny bag of pine nuts. I’ve also added some wilted spinach for even more green points.