The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #165215   Message #4076108
Posted By: Steve Shaw
20-Oct-20 - 06:57 AM
Thread Name: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
By the way, after I've ravaged a potted basil plant for cooking I put the pot outside somewhere sheltered and give it a good feed. I've had a few excellent "second crops" that way this summer, and the basil is actually better, by dint of fresh air and sunshine, then the first picking. I potted up two windowsill pots of parsley in June in larger pots outdoors (after rabbits had wrecked my first sowing) and now I'm swamped with freezer bags full of lovely frozen parsley ready for wintery tribulations.

A good tip I got from an Italian chef is to put those tough basil stalks in when you're making tomato sauce. You can fish them out at the end (count them in and count them out) and you get the benefit of lovely basil flavour in the sauce. The leaves can be torn into the sauce at the end or used for something else, pesto for example. Another great addition to cooking tomato sauce is an old Parmesan rind. After about half an hour in the sauce the cook gets the treat of a lovely, chewy bit of softened cheese, and the sauce ends up with added depth of flavour.