Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Basil Love

I always like to have a vase with flowers on the dining room table, especially bright yellow or orange flowers. I feel like they really brighten up my day! But lately, my flowers have been replaced by my favorite herb in the world: basil!

I used to very successfully grow basil outside, but for some reason this year has been a complete failure. I replanted the basil three times, and each time it has completely disappeared. I have no idea what is eating it. Anyway, since I couldn't grow the basil outside, I bought a basil plant to keep inside (actually I have bought several plants as I use it so often....). And what better place to keep the basil than on the dining table? I just love the smell and look of the basil on the table! And it saves money as I don't buy flowers.... :o)

And here are some of my favorite ways to eat basil:
  • in pasta sauce
  • with tomatoes, mozzarella, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt & pepper
  • with lemon pasta (lemon juice, olive oil, Parmesan cheese & lots of basil)
  • in a salad
  • on top of soups to add freshness
  • on a cracker with some soft cheese
  • thinly sliced in a vegetable sandwich
  • in pesto, especially if the pesto contains lots of tomatoes and not so much oil
  • in a dip for bread with flavorful olive oil & balsamic vinegar
  • in curry to add freshness
  • on top of pizza
  • ....
Basically, I could add basil to pretty much anything... I just love the smell and the taste... :o)

Question: Do you like basil? What's your favorite way of eating it?

Be well,