It’s hot, so we had a cold meal, except for the meatballs which were warm.

Components of our mostly cold meal: Fresh mozzarella with basil, roasted red pepper, olive oil and salt. Simple salad with cilantro and lemony dressing. Prosciutto and meat balls (for the man and the kid). Cheeseless pesto, which was surprisingly good considering it had no cheese in it. And good bread.

• Cheeseless Pesto •
Combine a bunch of cleaned basil leaves, a handful of raw almonds, a good splash of olive oil and a hearty pinch of salt into a food processer. Blend until it’s the right consistency, adding more oil or almonds as needed. Taste for seasoning. Add water to thin, if desired.