Saturday, May 11, 2013

Ms Sweet Basil

 Sweet Basil, is a common name for the culinary herb Ocimum basilicum.


Types of Basil

There are many varieties of these plants.

Thai Basil grow up to 24 inches in height and are 2 feet wide.

Genovese Basil  principally used in Italian cuisine.

Holy Basil  People of Hindu religion use these leaves for worship.

Lemon Basil  with a citric aroma.

Cinnamon Basil  referred to as the Mexican Spice Basil.

African blue Basil strong camphor-like smell.

Medicinal Use using Basil ( Did You Knew???).

    It is used as an expectorant for the treatments of diseases like asthma, flu, cold and bronchitis.

    The leaves are also good for keeping diabetes under control.

    Leaf extract is used to reduce throat pain and high body-temperature.

    The extract is also used as an anti-venom for snake bites.

    It is used along with honey for the treatment of cataract.

    Holy Basil leaves are used in Ayurvedic medicines.

    The leaves  are used to prepare “Basil Tea” which helps to prevent diseases like Dengue and Malaria.

    The tea also treats several health disorders including constipation, diarrhea and indignation.

    The essential oil is used in the treatments of migraines, headaches and allergies.

    Massaging with this essential oil extraction reduces arthritis.


Growing Basil

The basil plants can be easily cultivated from seeds which take less than two weeks to get roots. like me you can easy buy small plants and grow it in the garden or indoors. I like growing them in kitchen windows.

               " Once the flowers bloom, the leaves of the plant turn bitter and lose their flavor."

The Basil plants need  leaves need picking once every 3-4 weeks to grow properly. you can eat them in a salad or make fresh basil bread with the picking of the leaves.

 Or Something simple and Easy

 3 cups fresh basil leaves

    1/2 cup olive oil

    2 cloves garlic, peeled

    1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

    1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

    1 (1 pound) loaf Italian bread

    3  tomatoes, thinly sliced

    1 (8 ounce) package mozzarella cheese, sliced


Directions

    In a blender, puree the basil leaves, olive oil and garlic. Mix in the pine nuts and Parmesan cheese. Continue processing until all is blended well .

    Preheat the toaster oven. Slice Italian bread to you likeness in thickness. Spread a layer of pesto on each slice. Top with  tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.
    Place topped bread slices in a single layer on a large baking sheet. toast about 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted

          Roasted Chicken Leg Quarter

 

6 Med sized chicken legs quarters clean and trim of fat
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
3 tablespoon garlic powder
3 tablespoon dry sweet basil

Dry leg quarter and place in baking dish. Sparkle black pepper first evenly over legs, next sparkle salt following the tails of black pepper.next sparkle the garlic powder all over and the basil will be next.( adding more sparkle garlic and basil on the backside chicken leg so you can get more flavor) .sparkle cayenne pepper. you can do the spice heavy if you like and coat the leg quarter to your liking. cover and refrigerate over night. flavor of the spices go though the chicken.Keep cover and place in and 350 oven for 1 1/2 hour pour juices in a bowl and pour over chicken and leave uncover bake for 30 mins.until golden brown.