Sunday, 13 March 2011

Basilico Olio

Basilico Olio-7

Basilico Olio or basil oil is a great colourful oil to spoon over sliced tomatoes or to add to freshly boiled pasta or rice.

It is also great drizzled over freshly baked pizza, tomato and onion bruschetta or sliced cucumber salad.

It is a great way to prepare surplus basil and keeps for several days in the fridge.

It is made by plunging a couple of handfuls of fresh basil leaves into some boiling water then draining them quickly and then plunging the leaves into iced water for a few seconds. Remove the leaves and pat them dry with a clean cloth.

Place the leaves in a food processer and chop them adding a good quality olive oil , sufficient to make the mix pourable.

To make the oil more flavoursome add a pinch of salt, some sliced chilli and some freshly sliced basil just before service.

We are still having lovely warm weather here in Adelaide. We still have fresh basil although our tomatoes and cucumbers are nearly finished.

We have thoroughly enjoyed our tomato season and now look forward to yummy peppers, spring onions and small lettuce that are growing well at the moment.

We only have a small garden so we cannot grow everything we would like too but luckily we have an Organic Store called Doof Doof within walking distance and Hayden grows amazing veggies. At the moment we are enjoying his corn, eggplants, zucchini and lettuce.

I love fresh organic fruit and vegetables and we are lucky here in Adelaide to have lots of organic growers close by.

Happy gardening everyone.

1 comment:

Kate said...

Hi Maggie, I have never made this and usually made pesto instead but I think I will do it today, with my wonderful basil and have it tonight with organic L'Abruzzese pasta... I even have a few tomatoes ripe which I could chop up and toss in at the last minute as well. Buono appetito!