What I did with the produce…
I haven’t used it all yet. I test roasted some of the peanuts – they take a LOT of roasting in the shell. But the kids liked them.
I made some spicy pesto using one bunch of basil, a head of garlic, an ancho chile, olive oil, parmesan reggiano, breadcrumbs, lemon juice and salt. I used the roma tomatoes up several ways – probably the best was fried in bacon grease for breakfast along with the bacon of course. Next best was cut in halves and roasted int eh oven topped with half a teaspoon of the pesto each and served with mashed potatoes and a salad of the spicy cress made with olive oil and lemon juice and salt.
I used one kind of green and some of the thai basil in making a thai soup with leftover chicken and chicken stock and tofu and red peppers and fish sauce and coconut milk and jalapenos and ginger and two lemongrass stalks – that was pretty good too.
So there it is…the report on what I made! Oh – I forgot – I also made a dip for a party Friday night – basically like the pesto but with more spicy pepper and less garlic and more lemon juice – that was eaten with the nicy crusty baguette I got at the market as well.
I would like to invite you to participate in “I Like ’em Spicy!”, a fortnightly food event, where all participants have to come up with a spicy recipe using the Star Ingredient (which is different every fortnight)!
The rules are simple:
1. The recipe has to use the Star Ingredient as the base of the dish
2. It has to be SPICY!!
3. Dishes can be of any form you can imagine, appetizers, mains, desserts, drinks…whatever you can come up with!
On the 1st and 15th of every month, I will the post the Star Ingredient and you are expected to email your entries to [email protected] by the next two weeks.
At the end of the two weeks, I will post all the recipes on a special blog built especially for “I Like ’em Spicy!” so you can all view the fabulous entries!
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