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Old 06-22-2014, 04:18 PM   #11
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i add herbs to my eggs. but i can't imagine having too much basil ....
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Old 06-22-2014, 04:42 PM   #12
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i add herbs to my eggs. but i can't imagine having too much basil ....
Same here

Every summer, I make lots of pesto and freeze it in one-cup containers to have during the winter. I also puree and freeze a mixture of water and basil in ice-cube trays. When they're frozen, move them to plastic freezer bags. Throw cube or two in soups and stews during the winter. Yum
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Old 06-22-2014, 05:38 PM   #13
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You must make Basil Ice cream MC. It really is wonderful. I serve it with warm fruit tarts, compote of rhubarb, chocolate fondants. In fact, I buy a pot in Lydl, separate out into 5-6 'plants', put into a window box, similar to what you have done purely to make this ice-cream with. ( as well as using it for fresh tomato salad of course)
Here is my recipe;
1 large bunch Basil leaves
8ozs Caster sugar
5ozs Mascarpone
1lb 6ozs greek style yoghurt.


Blend Basil leaves with the sugar to make a puree. Add all other ingredients and pour into your ice-cream machine. Proceed as usual depending on machines recommendations.
I will leave you to convert to metric measures as a bit rushed just now but I have to own up and say that I double-up this recipe and make 2 batches in one session.
Sorry, Menumaker, I had missed this when I was on before. Definitely will try the basil ice cream. I sometimes do three ices for dessert when I have people to dinner - for example lime and ginger sorbet, coconut ice cream and mango ice cream in three scoops on a plate with langue de chats or almond tuilles. I could use your basil ice cream with a pineapple sorbet and ... something else (I'll have to think about that). It would be good as a bombe with basil icecream on the outside and pineapple sorbet in the middle. Thanks very much
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Old 06-22-2014, 05:40 PM   #14
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Same here

Every summer, I make lots of pesto and freeze it in one-cup containers to have during the winter. I also puree and freeze a mixture of water and basil in ice-cube trays. When they're frozen, move them to plastic freezer bags. Throw cube or two in soups and stews during the winter. Yum
As I said, I'm not usually very lucky with basil plants so don't have much basil around in the winter so I (whisper) use the pesto out of a jar in winter. This year I may freeze some pesto for the winter. It's good for adding to soups
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Old 06-22-2014, 05:53 PM   #15
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pesto in soup? i must try that !!
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:01 AM   #16
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How about Basil Lemonade? We had this at my daughter's wedding reception. It was a great alternative to soft drinks and very tasty. There are several recipes on the net.
Giada De Laurentiis has a good one.
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How about Basil Lemonade? We had this at my daughter's wedding reception. It was a great alternative to soft drinks and very tasty. There are several recipes on the net.
Giada De Laurentiis has a good one.
Now that I must try.

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