Posts tagged Basil
Posts tagged Basil
Miss summer? Here is a simple Watermelon Salad that’ll bring back a taste summer. But only for a second because that’s how long it’ll take you to munch it down!
It’s amazing how simple ingredients can be transformed into something extraordinary by a little culinary alchemy. Experiment with flavors and remember, simple is often best.
* Mint is a good substitute for this. And feel free to try other herbs that are fragrant, summery, clean, and crisp in flavor. I’ve never tried it but off the top of my head, some workable candidates include cilantro, arugula, sorrel, chervil, and dill. So in other words: have fun!
** Trust your senses. If it looks good, smells good, then it probably tastes good.
This bomb Tomato Salad is a foolproof dish. And despite its simplicity, in my opinion it’s one of the most delicious things on the face of this planet! You just can’t go wrong with a combination of vine-ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, crunchy cucumbers, caramelized onions, and cheese. The key is to use the freshest local ingredients that you can find, and to treat them with respect.
I had some Cipolline al Balsamico on hand, so I’m using it in this recipe. But alternatively, feel free to roast some regular onions in an oven (400F) with a generous amount of olive oil, a little salt and pepper, and then a GOOD balsamic vinegar in the dressing. Warning: it’s not easy to find a good balsamic vinegar in a regular supermarket. You might have to go to a specialty store for that. But hey, enjoy the trip! I find something novel and interesting almost every time when I’m in a specialty gourmet shop.
* The recipe for this can be found in my blog!
What I realized the other day was how I only have a little over a month in Canada before I leave for Sydney, Australia for school! This very thought motivates and super-strengthens me to eat healthy and exercise regularly, in preparation for the new chapter. After all, I don’t have much time before I take my clothes off on a sunny Australian beach. Needless to say, I have a lot of work ahead of me, but it will be summer in January!!! But I was getting tired of Kashi Seven Whole Grain Cereal with skim milk for breakfast, as a part of my new healthy diet plan…
Entonces, I decided to make some low-fat whole-wheat muffin, to “mix” things up a bit (no pun intended) and keep the health box ticked. But ordinary whole-wheat muffins don’t excite me very much, especially when they are low-fat. Luckily, I had some ripe bananas and guavas at home. Exotic enough for me! To top this, again no pun intended, I whipped up a basil yogurt icing with a hint of goat cheese and lemon zest.
So here it is, my Banana Guava Bran Muffin with Basil Yogurt Icing.
Ingredients (make a dozen)
* The guavas we get in most grocery stores in North America are usually still pretty raw, unfortunately. If you are craving for some ripe and fresh guavas then it’s a good idea to buy some ahead of time and allow them to ripen on your windowsill. A good way to check to see if they are ready is by slightly squeezing them, like you would to an avocado. If they are rock hard, put them back on the windowsill, where they belong. If they give a little bit, they are good to go. A BETTER way to check is to simply smell the guavas. You’ll know!
** I wanted guava to be the star of the muffins, with banana as the sidekick, so to speak. So I opted to only put the banana in the center of the muffin to give a surprise pocket. But feel free to mush up the banana and mix it right in with the batter.
*** If you must, you could also blend in 1/4 cup sugar to sweeten up the icing. But let’s be honest, that’s not doing anybody any good. Simple sugar has no place in a healthy diet.