I went away for a couple of days and discovered: My Garden Can Live Without Me!
It’s either that, or it’s dead.
On my bench were 8 cucumbers – bringing my picking tally up to 12.
At first glance, I could see CRAZY tall Corn, but still no cobs!
Along with Bushy Tomato Bushes – still no red tomatoes. I proceeded to find a couple of teeny tiny cherry tomatoes! VICTORY!
And three CRAZY Basil Bushes!
We planted everything really late, so while others are enjoying all their garden joys (some even sick of them), I am patiently waiting!
Please note that the tomatoes featured in my recipe are home-grown, just from out at the farm, not in my garden, close enough!
I’ve Got Basil Coming Out My Ears!
I proceeded to pick my basil bushes (using my pruning strategy) and filled up a 4 litre ice cream container!
Yes, Basil is really coming out my ears!
As you do when you have lots of a particular produce, you look up some recipes!
I’ve been through the list of things to do with basil,
- Pesto – obvious choice
- Freeze it – not sure I’m convinced
- Added it fresh to everything… I mean EVERYTHING!
So it was about time I did something else!!
Which can be defined as “Toasted Italian bread drenched in olive oil and served typically with garlic or tomatoes.”
It was meant to just be Basil Garlic Bread, but when you have some gorgeous red tomatoes on the bench, it’s inevitable that they were going to be added.
This is more a tomato and cheese toastie, but I think the home-made rolls and fresh basil really kicked it up a notch.
Something else you can do with the Basil Garlic mixture, is to add it to your roast meat.
I was loving using up my basil, so how coincidental that I was having some roast pork!
**I wouldn’t recommend this if you have crackling on your roast.
Adding Basil Garlic Mixture To A Roast
I brown my roast first, then I spread the Basil Garlic mixture onto the top and bottom, pop into a roasting pan, and roast.
For this one, it was 150 degrees for 3 hours, however, this really depends on your roast, cut etc.