|my parking strip herb garden|
Are you growing any herbs this year? I was on my game early and was able to get some good stuff before everything other than basil and parsley disappeared from the nearby nurseries. I finally got around to tearing up the parking strip in front of my house and put in a couple of types of lavender, sage (thanks, Wayniac!) and rosemary and they all seem very happy. On my deck I've got a mess of basil, flat leaf parsley and Thai basil - all doing beautifully in this heat and rain we've been getting here in Albany. The glut of Thai basil prompted me to seek out a recipe for last week's Independence day festivities, and judging by the compliments I received (and the ease of preparation), I think I came up with a winner... I present to you (from Epicurious) Spicy Sesame Noodles with Chopped Peanuts and Thai Basil:
The recipe did require a quick trip to the Asian Market. I went to the one on Colvin Blvd and I must say, it looked like they cleaned the place up a bit - the fish smell wasn't quite as strong as it has been in the past, and things were generally well organized. I was able to pick up my noodles, peanut oil, ginger, green onions and peanuts there, along with a very tasty $.99 pineapple. The prep was wicked simple and, although I didn't really measure anything, I used a moderate hand with the sambal (in place of the chili oil) and came up with a pretty ideal creeper kind of spiciness. The noodles definitely absorb the flavors, so make this early in the day to give the ingredients a chance to make friends. Delicious and refreshing, along with cheap, fast and easy. It really doesn't get much better.