Am I the only person in Australian not thinking about the Melbourne Cup today? Possibly it’s sourgrapes. I have to finish a presentation today and won’t be going to any glamourous lunches … won’t even be part of an office sweep. Very un-Australian. Instead I will be watching my new tenants settle into their home. I’ve been reading that you get the best vegetables by growing them from seed rather than seedlings. Most of my plants are from seedlings so I thought I’d sow some seeds from a delicious Italian red pepper variety. I also potted some basil seedlings not seeds because I couldn’t wait that long to pick fresh basil leaves!
Corno Rosso – Italian Red Peppers
I love this pepper chargrilled and served with a sharp fetta cheese
No sign of life yet
I like using these fibreglass containers because they’re lightweight (unlike terracotta) and the dark colour really sets off the green foliage.
lots of basil .. but no Mr Fawlty
I’ve used the best nursery potting mix I could source and mixed in some organic mulch to give the basil plants more nutrients and thus better flavour.
You put basil in the ratatouille!
I love basil in homemade pesto, on bruschetta with fresh tomato and when I have a good bunch I’m going to trial a recipe I came across in delicious. magazine for a basil ice-cream.