Basil is a warm blooded herb
So I don't even plant my basil until June
When the soil is warm
And the days are warm.
Last Friday, I got it planted
And when I plant, I cut it back by about a third
So that it will bush out
This first "clipping" is my first basil harvest
Which I did today -- a nice harvest and I have only three plants!
I like large leaf basil -- the bigger the better
It makes pesto making easier -- if you have large leaves!
And what did we do with the basil?
Well, we enjoyed dinner in the garden
The blue and white transferware, of course
A white lace tablecloth and white linen napkins
And a centerpiece of white geraniums
A bottle of wine
And a plate of pasta
linguini with a sauce of fire roasted Muir Glen tomatoes and fresh garlic
A big shower of basil and a good sprinkle of Parm
A great meal for al fresco dining
And besides the pasta
We had a cherry tart with vanilla ice cream
I'd like to say it was homemade, but . . .
well, a girl can't make everything can she!
It's Thursday and I'm sharing my al fresco table with Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.