Saturday, July 16, 2011

Spice Rack Challenge - Basil

When I first read basil as the "spice" of the month I was excited to try something new.  Then life happened and here I am 5 minutes till deadline trying to post!  That is ok since basil is something we use a lot.  We use it in Thai food, I planted a Spicy Basil this year which is an excellent addition to my Thai Peanut Chicken dish, we use it in spaghetti sauce, we use it to top a Magherita Pizza but the simplest and favorite way is simply on tomatoes!

I work in an office and this year we decided to have a community garden.  This garden was not my idea and I resisted "allowing" it.  My main reason being I knew I would be the one taking care of it.  Much like the "Mom, can we have a dog", I struggled and wavered about whether a garden would be a good idea. Well, much like the dog (which I now love) I agreed to the garden.  While I am the primary caregiver, there are others who enjoy contributing to the garden.  Today was a day everyone who wanted was able to enjoy the garden's harvest.  It was a slow Friday afternoon so I decided to prepare a snack for the troops.  I picked a tomato from the garden as well as some fresh basil.  I sliced the tomato along with some fresh mozzarella that a coworker brought in, topped with a small amount of balsamic vinegar infused with fig then sprinkled fresh basil.  Everyone loved it and it was a nice healthy late afternoon snack.  Does this really count as a recipe?  Probably not but it was a welcome break and a beautiful taste of summer.


  1. There is nothing better in the world than a freshly picked tomato and freshly picked basil. Enjoy your garden!

  2. BTW, Daisy just borrowed my laptop to make that post, it wasn't me. At my office the location in SC has a garden and the reports from it are sick enough that we don't bother to compete. Hearing about lettuce and radish harvests when we still have a foot of snow on the ground is enough torture without being in some sort of competition about it.

  3. Going simple's the best way to use fresh basil and tomatoes as far as I'm concerned, recipe or no. Now you have me wishing I could grow tomatoes on my deck along with the basil...