The brussel sprouts just didn't sprout, the beans looked deformed, the onion sets never took and the peas just tangled with the onions. My roma tomatoes did just fine and my pepper plants flourished. I must go pick some of the jalepenos though. I have some peppers drying inside for an upcoming chipotle dish.
I picked some of the basil early to make some pesto and we didn't have as much as I would have liked near the end of the summer. Off to the market and we came home with a nice large bouquet of basil.
I could definitely make more with this batch.
Years ago, at a restaurant I worked at, they made a pesto dipping oil for the bread for guests. I never enjoyed it then. I don't know what was wrong with me. A couple years ago, I bought a pesto dip/sauce/just pesto in a fancy jar at a festival and then I brought it to a party along with a baguette and some extra oil to make it a bit more of a dipping oil. It was incredibly addictive mainly because of all the garlic in it I think.
There are so many pesto recipes out there. I don't enjoy pine nuts and there are plenty of alternatives out there such as walnuts or almonds but I choose to leave it out altogether.
- 4 cups loosely packed basil, washed and dry
- 3-5 cloves of garlic or more - Hey, why not? I have no one to kiss.
- 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese
- Salt and Freshly ground pepper to taste
|I added lots of oil to it afterwards to swirl it up.|
I had some Italian flatbread from GF Patisserie, and warmed it for a nice bread to dip.
We'd recently bought some fresh mozzarella to make Insalata Caprese... fresh tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella, olive oil and salt and pepper, maybe a drizzle of balsamic vinegar if you're feeling crazy.
We had just come from the market and I was planning on having some bread with pesto and since we had fresh cherry tomatoes, I decided to change up the Caprese a little.
Little ripe cherry tomatoes...
And small chunks of fresh mozzarella...
The basil thoroughly mixes with the tomatoes and cheese for much grander flavour.
Another day, I wanted to make something along the lines of My Sundried Tomato and Basil Cheese Dip.
I was making some of the Easy Pesto and placed about 7 pieces of sundried tomatoes in a cup of boiling water for about 10 minutes until they plumped back up. Then I added them to the Ninja processor and pulsed it all on up.
Aidan's Gluten Free and broiled it for a couple minutes and then added some of the Sundried Tomato Basil Pesto. Delicieux!
And to round out the Pesto EXTRAVAGANZA!, a delightful little number I like to call Sundried Tomato Basil Stuffed Chicken. A little chicken, a little cheese, a little STB pesto, grilled on up...
|Fresh new potatoes, green and yellow beans with dill and parmesan|
I think I won't have enough frozen pesto to last out the year. Might need to start growing some indoors I think!
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