Well, we are into that time of the year, where most of my posts shall feature yard to table ingredients. Yes, the little backyard is in full swing, although the weather has been a little temperamental to say the least. I can only imagine how difficult it must be for the farmers to keep up and make a living. All the more reason, why we should be getting out to the farmer’s markets and supporting our farmers. To see our backyard and what I have been doing with the backyard produce, please do stop by the facebook page.
Today’s herb is Thai or Asian Basil, something that I enjoy growing all through the year, right alongside the more common sweet basil. Thai Basil has the characteristic dark purple leaves and flowers and a strong citrus like scent. At some levels it has the distinct scent of sweet basil, however it holds much better under high temperatures making it a better fit for the curries and sautes in Asian cooking.
The past few days have been a little too hot for me to do much in the kitchen, but this is where fresh aromatics come in handy, I tossed several leaves of the basil and fresh cilantro with a few simple ingredients to come up with this Thai Inspired Shrimp. I have been having some more fun inspirations and we have been enjoying a fresh harvest of Japanese turnips. This was what I did with the turnips. Here’s to a week of moderate weather.