Posts Tagged ‘basil

23
Aug
18

Processing…..

It’s one of those days, back from the market the fresh food laid out, recipes floating around what to do to capture the freshness of the purchase. Usually a simple salad is prepared or just tasting the produce with bread is a way to assess the flavors. It’s also a time to have a fresh fruit bowl as a meal.

Tomatoes, still coming  from the garden need to be processed. Some have been scalded, cooled and peeled for the freezer. A real easy way to process tomatoes is to juice them, a bowl filled with fresh picked cherry tomatoes yielded about 20 ounces of juice. The pulp was the chefs treat , good smeared on bread with salt and pepper. Having an attachment for juicing for the mixer makes this an easy task, a worthwhile purchase years ago. Just before bottling, strained with a filter type bag.

 

Processing tomato juice

Tomato juice

One of the other uses for tomato is salsa. Onion, shallot, chives, hot peppers are just some of the additions along with cilantro and various seeds.

tomato salsa over water spinach on flour tortilla, just one of the uses of the cherry tomato.

Other preparations are, water spinach pesto, and basil pesto although I use the term basil loosely, some of the labeling from the market, and my tasting disagree , but I’m not familiar with different type  of basil, none the less the green leaves were mixed with garlic, chives, oil, and salt and pepper via the food processor yielding a very concentrated paste. The home made pesto guarantees an easy way to incorporate the greens into your diet without cooking and as a bread lover a meal in itself when applied to fresh bread or crackers. Dressing pasta is also a favorite of the pesto.  Another leafy green with a lemony flavour was added to each pesto. Also as it was time to bottle Kombucha some of the lemony leaves were added to each bottle. Green beans were trimmed and frozen.

 

Processing water spinach

As a traditional pesto might include Parmesan cheese, none was available at the time. Also some pecans and toasted sesame seeds were added to some of the pesto.

I find a pleasant surprise when I unwrapped the pork belly, atop there were ribs, which I trimmed for an additional meal. 

Trimmed pork belly, ready for freezing or immediate meal.

Mango can be made into a chutney for a flavorful addition to a meal or a dessert.

 

24
Jul
18

Pesto: Basil ,Chive and Garlic

A simple blend of what I have on hand:

  • Fresh Basil
  • Lemongrass
  • Fresh Chive
  • Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Tri Blend Peppercorns , White, Black and Szechuan
  • Walnuts

A Pesto need not be a strict list of certain ingredients. Blend to your specific taste. Try different additions for tasting ingredients.

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This makes a good substitute for butter on toast or bread. Cheese can also be grated on top. Thinned with oil and vinegar a dressing for greens, tomatoes etc. A dipping sauce, a pasta sauce, I enjoy this when the fresh ingredients are available. Blended in a food processor or an unplugged version could be made in a mortar and pestle. I usually drizzle the oil in at the end after the fresh ingredients have been blended.

 

23
Jan
18

thick crust pizza with cheese, greens and herbs

Just a quick pizza with some greens and herbs from the hydroponic garden added at the last few minutes of baking

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21
Nov
15

Simple pizza

a few basic ingredients for a quick snack….IMG_9342Onion, garlic, basil, thyme, goat cheese, Parmesan. A light sprinkle of dried hot red peppers, salt and pepper and  a drizzle of olive oil. Basic but good.

IMG_9341before the oven

31
Oct
15

Eggs and Polenta

something different on the breakfast plate , polenta.

Very easy to make , simply stir the corn flour/meal into boiling water, cook for about 5 minutes.

Place the mixture in a greased bread pan, let cool and refrigerate, the mixture will gel.

Similar to cornbread, but more gelatinous, slice the polenta, bake slightly and broil and/or fry, with olive oil.

If desired, make a sauce, veggie and re-hydrated mushrooms were available.

IMG_9144Plated up

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The cooled and refrigerated polentaIMG_9142

The mushroom veggie sauce.

IMG_9143 Sliced and fried polenta.

The ingredients for the polenta: Colavita instant  Polenta Cornmeal Mix.

100% pre-cooked corn flour, 100% Gluten free

21
Oct
15

Herbed butter

My herbs are going wild, the cool weather and in the kratky system , spent one night in from the cold , now with the return of mild (relatively speaking) weather they are back out doors. The basil and the chives grow just as fast as we use them. Oregano in the DWC bubbler system gets harvested from time to time.

Just chop , mix with butter , and leave available for use. 

  
  
  
  
Made this before with garlic, left the garlic out this time. 

A good spread on toast , would be even better on garlic bread, or added to sautéed food.

17
Oct
15

Pizza toast

Instead of preparing another batch of dough, making use of bread already baked.

Lightly toasted white bread that has a small addition of spent stout grains, topped with sausage, green peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes and cheese. Of course a sprinkle of dried hot peppers.

The sausage, green peppers and mushrooms were sautéed, added to the toast, broiled and then add tomatoe and cheese, several  seconds under to broiler to finish.

Sprinkle with grated cheese , garnish with basil. 

 




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