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Ingredients :

400g of Italian rice  suitable for salads

A bunch of fresh basil

2-3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

The juice of 1/2 a lemon

A dash of salt and pepper 

Boil the rice in a large pan of water with a little salt – about 10-12 minutes.

Tip the boiled rice into a sieve and run cold water so the rice doesn’t continue to cook

Dry the rice on a kitchen towel to get rid of excess moisture.

Chop the fresh basil

Put the rice into a bowl , add the chopped basil , lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil and mix it well.

Adjust the salt and pepper to your taste.

Prepare a baking dish with a hole such as you would use to make a round cake , coating the sides with a little olive oil.

Let it  set in the fridge until you want to serve it ( you can make it the day before – but make sure it doesn’t dry out – so cover with cling foil).

This can be served as a side dish or even better as a main course by adding any of the following – small prawns or shrimps, fresh asparagus ( or the tinned variety ) chopped tomatoes with tuna and oil or anything that you like as this is a delightful dish to serve on summer days .