Thursday, July 2, 2009

Some Ways To Use Basil

Basil is one of my favorite herbs...I don't know why I don't grow it.... I always buy it at the farmers market. I bought a big bunch of it this weekend and I am going to make my favorite Pesto Sauce.

There are other ways to use Basil such as...

1. You can grow it in a pot on your windowsill it is suppose to keep flies away.

2. You can crush its leaves and rub the juice on your skin as a mosquito repellent.

3. You can crush some in a tissue an inhale it to keep mental fatigue away.

4 It also adds some zing to a hot refreshing bath.

or...... how about making my favorite Pesto!

1 tablespoon pine nuts

4 tablespoons chopped basil leaves (fresh is best)

2 cloves garlic (chopped)

3 oz Parmesan cheese (grated)

6 tablespoons olive oil

Blend together pine nuts, basil, and chopped garlic until smooth...then add olive oil slowly to the mixture until you have a thick paste. Stir sauce into hot pasta and then sprinkle with cheese. Yum! This will keep at least a week in a good sealed container...although I doubt you will have any left-overs!

Happy Gardening...


1 comment:

Dia said...

Mmm - I love basil too - thank you! It's just coming in at our Farmer's Mkt, & I've picked up a bunch the last couple of weeks. Kept it in a glass on the counter, & the first bunch sent out some rootlets, so I planted those :)
I began making Nettle Pesto in the spring - with local hazelnuts & coconut oil - which helped 'hold me' till the fresh basil came on! (recipe over at vestellasvale.blogspot
& I've sprinkled some on tomatoe slices in the food dryer - nice addition!