Saturday, July 16, 2011

Spice Rack Challenge - July Basil

I had such great intentions for basil. I love basil. And then we went away to Edmonton last weekend and I forgot to add water to my Aerogarden. The we got home and my basil was dead. Shriveled and sad. I was all set try this fabulous appetizer that consisted of placing a basil leaf or two on a wedge of peach, then wrapping the wedge in Serrano ham and lightly frying it to warm through. Doesn't that sound delicious? Except I killed my basil.

Now technically I made pasta sauce this week that had basil in it so I did still cook with basil...but there's no picture.

The sauce I made was comprised of:
8 roma tomatoes - quartered
1 red bell pepper - rough chopped
1 onion - diced
1 zucchini - grated
1 carrot - grated
6 or 7 cloves of garlic - halved
a splash of olive oil
1 tbsp dried (cry) basil)
1 tsp oregano
a sprinkle of chili flakes
salt and pepper

I cooked it down for about an hours, then took it off the heat, blitzed it with my immersion blender and dumped it on some pasta. I have some left in the freezer to make a vodka sauce later on.