Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Herbs and the Changing Seasons~
We are entering that season of leaving summer behind, and summer foods....but, it's not quite fallish enough for the stout and hearty foods that comes with the fall and winter season. So....what to do ?
Well, this is our "sandwich" season. It's the perfect time of year to make fresh home-made bread, not to humid, not to dry. And if you aren't into the bread making thing, find a good bakery or a local artisan who will bake what you want, from the ingredients that you know to be the healthiest.
Our aim is to stay away from the wheat, corn and soy, these are grains that are more likely to be contaminated with the GM ( genetically modified gene )from Monsanto.
I look for organic oat or rye...maybe rice, all these flours make delicious breads.
Now, what to put between those delicious slices.
Tomatoes are still plentiful, some eggplant, onions are in the drying process and can be used as is.....basil, mints, sage and oregano are still fresh for the picking.
SOME SUGGESTIONS for SANDWICH FILLINGS
2 large ripe avocado
1/2 red onion
1 clove of garlic-peeled and crushed
1 tbsp lime juice
1/4 tsp chili powder
2 tbsp chopped fresh dill or 1 tbsp dried.fresh dill
Chop the avocado, the tomato and onion-set aside
In a food processor add the basil leaves, garlic, lime juice, chili powder, and fresh dill
Mix ingredients together just briefly.
Add the mixture from the food processor to the chopped avocado, tomato and onion-mix and stir lightly to blend
Add lettuce leaves to your bread choice that has been spread with soft real butter
Add amount desired of the mixture and sprinkle with a small amount of sea salt and fresh ground black peppercorns
BRIE And GRAPE SANDWICHES with MINT~
Real butter for spreading-slightly at room temp
12oz ripe Brie cheese
30-40 large grapes-red or white
16 fresh mint leaves...lemon balm will do
Butter bread of choice
Slice the Brie into thick slices to be divided between sandwiches
Place Brie on bread
Halve and seed the grapes, place on cheese
Chop the mint finely and sprinkle over the grapes
Put sandwich together and serve-can be made ahead, wrapped and refrigerated until needed.
Feta cheese, black olives, lettuce, tomato and freshly chopped mint~
Italian salami, cream cheese, tomato and fresh basil~
Use your imagination...lots of great marriages in the sandwich world.