I had some suggestions about what to put in this blog.
Some ask me to learn more about typical Italian herbs and spices.
I'll start with basil: it's the king of all the herbs used in our dishes, I love it so much!
Basil has got so many varieties: little leaves - Ocimun minimum-(the most common here), big leaves (each leaf could be 10 cm!), violet basil (it's of a deep violet with pink flowers, it's a little bit spicy and good in salads).
It's quite easy to grow up: you can plant seeds in a pot around march-april, water often and keep it in a very sunny position: on july- august you'll have leaves enogh to be conserved in freezer all year long.
Basil doesn't like long cook: you have to use it fresh if you want his best, in hot preparation put leaves just a minute before serving.
It's the king of herbs so it's not ok to be mixed with others like rosemary or oreganon.
The most well-known recipe with basil is PESTO ALLA GENOVESE: it's fantastic but unluckly long to prepare, the ones you buy at supermarked usually have dried basil and many chemical flavours, nothing compared to the real one (recipe will come soon!).
Do you usually use basil only in tomato sauce?
Try it in a pasta fresh salad: cook pasta, drain it, let it get cold, then chop tomatoes and mozzarella cheese in tiny pieces, add extravirgin olive oil, fresh basil leaves and mix the pasta.
It's a great lunch or dinner douring the hottest day of summer!!
More recipes to come, now holidays are everyday nearer!! :)