Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Blessing Basil Leaf in Honour of the Holy Cross

Today I learned from Father Mark Kirby that the basil plant has long been associated with the Holy Cross. The Blessing of the Basil Leaf

Somehow, on this the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, I was prompted to prepare a dish using my excess Basil leaves, for lunch.

Aji Amarillo y Albahaca con Papas Sancochadas (Peruvian Yellow Hot Pepper and Basil with Boiled Potatoes

1 Bunch of fresh Sweet Basil leaves - approximately 2 cups, not packed (washed and excess water removed)
1/2 tsp Aji Amarillo Paste (Jalapeno can be substituted if there is difficulty obtaining Peruvian Aji)
Approximately 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Approximately 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon or lime juice (1/2 lemon or lime)
3 green onion stalks (minced)
Salt and pepper to taste.

You can process all the above ingredients except the green onions, which should be used as a garnish.

Serve with boiled Yukon gold potatoes

Serves 4

2 comments:

Alexandra said...

Yum! I'd like to try this. Thanks for sharing. :)

Esther G. said...

I hope you like it.