Entries tagged basil

February 16th, 2014

Fresh basil pesto


Somehow, never in my life, in all my years of cooking pasta, I’ve never made fresh basil pesto before. Until now, that is. The major impetus for this is the fact that I’m finally living in a place where we are able to grow enough basil to get truly fresh basil from the garden, along […]

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January 23rd, 2012

Raw beetroot, carrot, radish and basil salad


Pretty self explanatory – a tasty, crispy salad. Grate or finely chop the root vegetables, splash over some sherry vinegar, a pinch of salt, and some truffle oil for a bit of excitement.  

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January 2nd, 2012

Tomato, boccocini and basil salad


Some post-christmas picnic fare, for our last evening by the river in Perth before returning to sunny Melbourne. We also had some of my pickled peppers, which had pickled perfectly! I was very pleased.

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November 8th, 2011

Broad beans with chorizo and basil


This one is easy: title is basically the recipe. First, buy some broad beans, shell them, boil them for a few minutes, peel them, fry some chorizo (any soft chorizo will do), add the beans, then right at the end and some basil. Done!

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June 25th, 2011

Salmon steaks, fennel and basil salad, garlic and ajvar


This is what we had for dinner while the casserole is “flavourfying” in the fridge. Plus it’s Market Day today (which makes it both a Cooking Day and a Fish Day). I fried the seasoned salmon steaks in a hot pan with some enormous organic “elephant garlic” cloves. The salad was also simple – finely […]

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December 1st, 2010

Bolognese sauce


I made bolognese sauce today. I’m semi-famous for my bolognese amongst certain friends, which is a little odd because I always seem to make it a different way. I use different a mix of meats (always beef; sometimes pork, veal, or chicken – this time beef, veal and pork), different vegetables (always onion and fresh […]

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