Saturday, February 5, 2011
Upon arriving on Sanibel at the wonderful house we rented for the month of December, I noticed an empty clay planter. I knew it was perfect for an herb garden.
I was able to find some fresh herbs to plant. Basil,flat leaf parsley, curly parsley, dill,cilantro, oregano and thyme all helped fill the planter. Even with daily trimming,the warm sunshine and moisture helped the once sparsely planted pot overflow with herbs. For my family, these gems helped flavor our food all month long, for the next renters a special treat from Basil Becky. I even left my go to favorite recipe for "Tomato and Basil Salad", and a note by the herbs...saying "please use me"!!!
Take any fresh tomato( I love to use a variety of Heirloom's), slice these delights and arrange on a platter. I lightly grind salt and pepper directly on the tomatoes, then slice some fresh mozzarella cheese and arrange on top. Of course my favorite step, I tear lots of fresh basil on top of the cheese. For the dressing, I prefer a light sprinkling of good virgin Olive Oil and a splash of my Opal Basil Vinegar. I have used an herb vinaigrette, or a balsamic vinegar dressing as well This always a hit!