John Mayer's Real Estate Blog: Fresh Basil from my Garden goes well with Mahi Mahi and Basmati Rice

Fresh Basil from my Garden goes well with Mahi Mahi and Basmati Rice

There is nothing better than walking out the door and snipping fresh basil for my dinner tonight. I'll be adding it to my special Basmati Rice and the Mahi Mahi with Shrimp will have a few leaves thrown in as well. It's my wife's favorite!

Basel from my Cape Canaveral Garden

Basil is an annual and is easily grown from seed. There are over two dozen types of basil including lettuce-leaf which has large leaves, cinnamon basil and the purple leaved varieties. Though it needs full sun, it does need more moisture than some herbs, so be sure to keep it watered; especially in pots. For those of you in northern climates, you can grow basil inside as a window herb if you plant the seeds in the late summer in pots and bring inside to set in a bright and sunny window.

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Comment balloon 18 commentsJohn Mayer • July 29 2011 04:35PM

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Spent three hours making pesto with my basil just the other day.  So good! and the house smelled wonderful after.  Plus, you can't beat Pasta with Pesto for dinner!

Posted by Wendy Hayden, Chesterfield, Richmond & Powahatan (Photographer, Home Stager, ePRO) over 8 years ago

Wendy - Homemade pesto sounds great and you're right, the house does smell wonderful.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 8 years ago

Sounds absolutely delicious!  We have lots of home grown fruits and veggies.  It is great to walk to the yard and come in with buckets of goodies. BTW: Where is Basmati Rice from & how do you prepare it?

Posted by Michelle Burgos, CDPE, Short Sale Expert, Pembroke Pines,Miramar,Davie,Hollywood (RE/MAX PowerPro Realty) over 8 years ago

John- I love our basil but I think we need to place ours out for more sun.  Love to put some on our pizza as well!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 8 years ago
John,

I love this time of year when I can go out in the garden and pick fresh tomatoes and basil. A little oil and vinegar sprinkled over them...excellent.

Rich

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 8 years ago

John...

I grow a lot of basil and we use it for almost everything. Fresh pesto, bruchetta, in soups and salads and sometimes we use it just to perfume the room!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 8 years ago

Love seafood-with or without basil!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 8 years ago

Michelle - Basmati rice is mostly grown in India and Pakistan. I like it because it doesn't stick together and has a wonderful taste and aroma. You cook it the same as regular rice but I add a chicken boullion cube, butter, salsa, soy sauce, basil and parsley.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 8 years ago

Kathy - Basil is great on pizza! It needs a lot of sun but you can't let it dry out.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 8 years ago

Sounds delicious Rich. You can't beat fresh from the garden.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 8 years ago

Richard - You can use basil in almost anything. Mabe I'll try the room freshener idea.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 8 years ago

Debra - I'm with you. I can eat seafood anytime!

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 8 years ago

John, I LOVE basil! Great photograph! I'm addicted to Italian food and you can't have enough basil!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 8 years ago

John,

                Great picture we grow basil and I love to toss fresh basil in salads and one our favorites is fresh buffalo mozzarella and tomatoes mmm that sounds good I am getting hungry!

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert over 8 years ago

Thanks Patricia - Basil is so versatile and I love Italian too!

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 8 years ago

Yolanda - I've never tried buffalo mozzarella but what you described sounds delicious!

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 8 years ago

Thanks John! I have been thinking about growing my own herbs... I think I will start this weekend....so which basil should I buy out of all the varieties?

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) over 8 years ago

Sussie - The one that looks the healthiest at the garden store. They're all good!

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 8 years ago

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