Sunday, July 25, 2010

Basil Buddies!

Meet my basil plants!

The one on the left is named Burton, he's from Whole foods.

He's been with me for a few weeks now and is doing fairly well.

And this is Churchill (on the right), the new addition! He's from a nice lady from the craft fair in town. He's much bigger than Burton, but they still get along fine. They are having no problems sharing the sunny window sill so far.

Their basil leaves helped me to make my delicious grain free gluten free crackers. They are also having a splendid time doing photosynthesis in my kitchen.

I decided to buy some herb plants this summer, why not!? They are pretty and practical. I don't know about you, but I always get a little frustrated when a recipe has about 10 different herbs and spices. Yes, I understand how critical each one is in the balance of flavor, but it doesn't make it easy! Having a few herb plants around will enable me to knock off a few recipes on my list that I keep putting off because I never have fresh herbs. I hate buying fresh herbs too at the store because they come in packets that are either too big to use at once, or they are cut and not "fresh" looking at all. At Whole Foods a few weeks ago I also bough

I am planning on making some basic basil pesto with my plants leaves. I have never made any pesto before, and I want to make the most classic recipe before branching out. I've had pine nuts in my pantry patiently waiting for over a year now (has it been that long?!) This weekend my mom and I are planning a shopping trip (and shopping is conveniently located to our closest Whole Foods, which is over an hour away!) so I will be able to purchase some good parmesan cheese. Presto Pesto!

The weather today is not soo good. Where is the sun for my lovely planties!?


Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt said...

I love having fresh herbs in the house. Growing them is simple and the flavors are so much better. Your plans are quiet good lookin'!

Anonymous said...

basil is by far one of my favorite herbs!! i love it in a tomato mozzarella sandwich :) oh so delicious.

Anonymous said...

I just bought a pot of herbs 2 weeks ago and I love it! Not only does it look pretty sitting on the counter but it's so nice to have a variety of fresh herbs right at my fingertips.

Anonymous said...

I love that you named your plants! Tell me, do their names have a story, or did you just look at them and think,"Yes, you definitely look like a Churchill?" :D

There is nothing quite like fresh made pesto. I can't wait to hear how yours turned out!

Sara @ Nourish and Flourish said...

Basil is one of my favorite herbs, but it's so pricey at the grocery store! Buying herb plants is a great idea! I love that you named them too. :-)

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog! I'm so glad that you're breaking rules too! Sometimes I feel MORE in control when I prove to myself that I CAN do something that scares me. Oh, and yaay for finally trying the Larabars! I've never heard of freezing them--have to give that a try!

Robyn @ WannabeWriterRunner said...

Funny, I just made homemade pesto for the first time and it was so simple! Maybe I should get myself a basil plant :)

Kelsey, at Happyolks said...

Basil is a staple in my kitchen, too! I found your link from a series of other foodie links and I'm totally glad I did! Where do you go to school? I'm in so-cal for college as well :) :)

Best, Kelsey