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Recipe: nasturtium leaf pesto While you may be familiar with classic basil pesto, did you know the humble nasturtium that grows so freely in gardens can be harvested to make a delicious alternative? Ingredients ■ 2 cups nasturtium leaves washed and dried (use a salad spinner) ■ ½ cup chopped, dry roasted nuts ■ cup olive oil ■ 2+ cloves garlic (finely chopped) ■ ¾ cup Romano or Parmesan cheese (finely grated) ■ Freshly cracked pepper Use local and Australian ingredients wherever possible. Method Pound or blend the nasturtium leaves and garlic and gradually add the nuts, cheese, oil and pepper. Taste and alter the ratio of ingredients as preferred. Serve with vegetable sticks or crackers, use with pasta or serve with steamed vegetables. Decorate with a few nasturtium flowers when serving. If intending to store for more than a few days, prepare the ingredients minus the cheese and store in the fridge in a sealed jar. Add the cheese just prior to serving. TIP: Blanching any leaves used to make pesto prior to use helps stored pesto to retain its green colour. Source: annettemcfarlane.com Book review The Art of Frugal Hedonism Want to work less but you're worried about your living expenses? Do you like walks in the park with friends, growing your own greens and low budget travel? Then pick up a copy of The Art of Frugal Hedonism. According to local Melbourne writers Annie Raser-Rowland and Adam Grubb, the best things in life are simple and free. This entertaining and easy to read guide to cheap and sustainable living will teach you how to ditch some pricier habits and lifestyle expectations in favour of less stress. Hume City Council LIVE GREEN 7 Hume Clean Days Hume Clean Days are held quarterly on the first Saturday of the months of March, June, September and December. Hume Clean Days are excellent for disposing of big and bulky items which don't fit in standard residential waste bins. Items that can be disposed of include: ■ mattresses ■ couches ■ whitegoods (fridges, washing machines, dryers) ■ e-waste (televisions, computers, printers, DVDs, CDs, speakers, sound equipment, DVD players, video recorders, mobile phones, household appliances). A limit of 15 items per household applies and proof of Hume residency is required when dropping off goods. The Hume Clean days are held at our Resource Recovery Centres, located at: Campbellfield Bolinda Road Resource Recovery Centre Sunbury Riddell Road Waste and Recycling Transfer Station and Landfill The next Hume Clean day is 8am – 4pm, Saturday 4 March.

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