Recipes

Here are some very simple recipes you can realize with fruits and vegetables from you French Garden vegetable bed.

Basil

A close relative to mint, basil has a floral anise- and clove-like flavor and aroma. There are two main types of basil: Sweet, or Genoese, basil and Asian basils. In Western cuisine, basil is most often associated with Mediterranean foods like pesto and tomato sauce. Sweet basil pairs naturally with tomatoes, but it can be used with almost every type of meat or seafood. Asian basil has a more distinct anise flavor and is often used in soups, stews, stir fries and curry pastes.

Fresh Mozzarella with Red and Yellow Tomatoes and Basil Vinaigrette

1 pound fresh mozzarella, sliced into 1/4-inch thick slices
2 ripe red tomatoes, sliced into 1/4-inch thick slices
2 ripe yellow tomatoes, sliced into 1/4-inch thick slices
Basil Vinaigrette, recipe follows
Fresh basil leaves, torn
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Basil Vinaigrette:
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
Salt and freshly ground pepper

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Cherry tomato

Cherry tomatoes are slightly smaller and sweeter than conventional tomatoes. Tomatoes are low in Sodium, and very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. Cherry tomatoes are a variety of small tomatoes that were first cultivated in South America. They can either be spherical or slightly oblong in shape. Cherry tomatoes are usually sweeter than normal tomatoes, and have a richer flavour. Because of their visual appeal they are used in salads, pastas, risottos and pizzas.

Tomato Feta Pasta Salad  

1/2 pound fusilli (spirals) pasta

Kosher salt

Good olive oil

1 pound ripe tomatoes,

3/4 cup good black olives, such as kalamata, pitted and diced

1 pound good feta cheese, medium-diced

6 sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped

For the dressing:

5 sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

6 tablespoons good olive oil

1 garlic clove, diced

1 teaspoon capers, drained

1 teaspoon kosher salt

3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 cup freshly grated Parmesan

1 cup packed flat-leaf parsley

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Mint

Although more commonly associated with sweet treats, mint lends its cooling, peppery bite to plenty of savory dishes, particularly from the Middle East and North Africa. Fresh mint is perfect for summer-fresh salads, to liven up a sauce and or to brew fragrant teas. The cooling flavor is also used to temper spicy curries.

Watermelon with Sweet Balsamic Syrup and Fresh Mint

1/2 cup good balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 large watermelon
6 fresh mint leaves, julienned

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Strawberry

Sweet, succulent and plump, not only are strawberries delicious, they are also an excellent source of Vitamin C. Enjoy them raw, grilled or baked in cakes, dipped in chocolate or in a cocktail. The possibilities are endless!

Fresh strawberry milkshake

  • 2 cups reduced-fat milk
  • 2 large scoops strawberry frozen yoghurt
  • 250g strawberries, hulled, halved

Blend milk, frozen yoghurt and strawberries together until smooth. Pour into chilled glasses. Serve.

Fresh and tasty recipes
Fresh and tasty recipes