Favourite Recipes... Dairy Free Pesto

Earlier this week, we shared some of our homemade food favourites on our Instagram stories, and so many of you asked us if you could have our Dairy-Free pesto recipe, we've decided to share it here!


When you live very rurally, like we do, the option of popping to the corner deli or organic market for some delicious just-made pesto doesn't exist, so when we get a craving for something like this, we have to make it ourselves. 

Luckily, our amazing local greengrocers in the next village (3 miles away) sells huge bunches of fresh herbs. These fabulous bundles are our go-to winter food treat to keep morale up and remind us of summer, as well as boosting our immune systems. One of my favourite things to do - apart from the usual culinary uses for herbs - is to make my own pesto.

My husband is severely allergic to cheese and milk, so unfortunately the usual pesto recipes don't work for both of us, so with some trial and error I invented this one.  

It's extremely easy, fast, and isn't fixed with its ingredients. It doesn't matter what herbs you use. It doesn't matter what nuts you use. The quantities don't really matter either, just put in however much you have, or however much works for you and your personal taste. For example, I like my pesto to be pretty lemony, so I put in lots of lemon.

This is also a great recipe to use up any more flavourful, non-watery salad leaves (such as kale, rocket and watercress) which need finishing to save them from being wasted. Sometimes I make lemon rice with big wedges of lemon cooked in with the rice, and afterwards I rinse off the now-soft lemon and save it to chuck in with my next batch of pesto, rind and all (unwaxed is of course better if you want to do this)!

This dairy free pesto takes around 5 to 10 minutes to make.

The only major bit of kitchen equipment which you'll need is a blender/food processor/nutribullet.

This amount makes around one medium jam jar full. 


  • 3oz nuts - my favourites are cashews, walnuts, and Brazil nuts. Use just one kind, or mix them.
  • 2 large bunches of fresh herbs - at the moment I like mostly coriander (cilantro) with some parsley in there too, but use whatever is available to you.
  • Juice of 1 lemonor more if you want.
  • Olive oilI like organic and unfiltered.
  • Crumbly sea salt and fresh pepper to your taste.

First of all, toast the nuts either under the grill or on the hob. Their natural oils can make them heat up quickly, so watch they don't burn!  

Roughly chop or tear up the herbs, and pack them all into your whizzing machine of choice. It'll look like there's way too many, but just squash them down.

Add the cooled nuts, the lemon juice, and some salt and pepper. Pour in a good slug of olive oil - a small cupful should do it. It does seem a lot, but it's important because it helps to preserve the freshness of the herbs once everything has been mixed together.

Whizz until all is evenly combined, then put in a squeaky clean jam jar. You might want to add a little more olive oil on to depending on consistency, as this again helps with preserving the herbs.  Your pesto will easily keep in the fridge for up to one week, but it probably won't last that long because it's so delicious!

 Here, the pesto has been in the fridge for 24 hours so the oil has solidified, making the pesto hold together more. It will return to being more runny when it's back at room temperature. 

Here, the pesto has been in the fridge for 24 hours so the oil has solidified, making the pesto hold together more. It will return to being more runny when it's back at room temperature. 

As well as being amazing with any kind of pasta, we also like to eat it spread on hot toast or our favourite crackers, as an accompanying condiment to salads, or mixed into hot steamed greens like peas or purple sprouting broccoli.

If you like this recipe and would like us to share more of our easy food favourites, please leave us a comment below! We'd love to know what your favourite pesto combination is...




spread the love! our brand new website

Today - Valentine's Day, no less! - we are delighted to launch our new-look website, especially as we have been closed for maintenance since early January. 

We thought it was all getting a bit complicated, far too many menus and sub-menus, and web content that even we had forgotten about (!). So we have come up with a more simplified and streamlined look, have removed old content, and added around 50 'new' vintage/antique and handmade pieces to our online shop. We've also re-photographed all our existing stock so that you can enjoy clearer, more true-to-life images.

You'll see that we have a new section called INTO OUR WORLD. We decided to introduce this because we receive so many messages from you all about how much you enjoy our Instagram stories. It you're not already following us, please do check out @JewelleryHannah on IG for up to-the-minute snapshots of what we're getting up to!

In this new section, we'll try to write more regularly about the things we love, and the things we love to share with you... namely our adventures in the beautiful northern-English countryside we're so lucky to call home, the antics of Demelza (greyhound) and Echo (white cat), what goes on behind the scenes in our studio, and anything else we think you might enjoy. And of course, if there's anything you'd like to find out more about then please do get in touch!

We have also simplified our online shop. There are now just six sections, but with more pieces in each. We've tried to curate these sections by style, so that if you're interested in (for example) chunky tribal and bohemian silver jewellery, you can check it all out in one place. IF you're interested in finer, more delicate antique and vintage, that's all under one roof too...

There's also a new section for CRYSTALS & GEMSTONES. Many of you are taking up jewellery making as a hobby, or as part of your own jewellery businesses, so we thought why not have a little section to share some of our favourites with you? In early March, we'll also be adding more feature crystals, rocks and minerals to this section - the sort of pieces which look stunning on a windowsill or mixed in with your favourite houseplants. We're very excited about this section, as Hannah's first love (above jewellery, even) was rocks and crystals!

Later in 2018 we'll be bringing you a new collection called WILD & HIGH. We can't share anything about this yet as it's top secret, but we've just begun working on our first designs and prototypes.

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There's also clearer information about our MAKE YOUR OWN WEDDING RINGS workshops and also our BESPOKE & CUSTOM jewellery.

That's all the main points to cover, but hopefully you'll find our new layout easier and more enjoyable to navigate. We always welcome feedback, so please comment below!

Oh, one more thing...to celebrate our return, please use the coupon code SPREADTHELOVE from 14th February until 16th February to enjoy an extra 10% off everything. Don't say we're not good to you!