Good finds time, as it’s been a while. No huge ruminations or revelations or recounts today. Just two really good finds.
The first is for an olive oil that my cousin bought me last Christmas. Strangely enough, I just cracked the bottle this week. The delayed usage was a combo of it somehow getting shoved to the back of the cupboard and the fact that purchasing olive oil is a regular thing for my kitchen, so I always seemed to have just opened a new bottle when I remembered that I still had this one. Bad timing for the bottle. He’s had to be patient. The other thing is that infused olive oils have their place in cooking (basil oil on popcorn, uh…no), so it’s time to shine didn’t happen until now.
Basil-infused Olive Oil. Doesn’t sound that unusual or earth-shattering, but whoa! It’s delicious. I used it on our CSA salad last night instead of just (plain) extra-virgin olive oil and it was fabulous. The basil taste comes through perfectly in the oil. It’s not overpowering, not too subtle. Perfectly basilicious. They hit it on the proverbial head. Basil olive oil, white wine vinegar, salt, pepper and a splash of fresh lemon juice. Delish salad!
This site has lots of variety and very unusual offerings, too. Worth a look and a try, without a doubt. Great for your kitchen or, as it was in my case, a gift. Foodies will love you. O’Live a Little. Even the name is great.
Next…along with the very-popular-at-the-moment Sriracha sauce (Thai chili sauce. Unbelievably good), there’s another staple in my fridge these days. Mint Cilantro Chutney. Hurt me now. An Indian friend of mine introduced me to it and now it’s something that my husband and I cannot go without. I’ve been known to put it on tortellini (in place of pesto), I love the stuff that much. Put it on meats, pair it with kebobs, mix it into rice. I also discovered that if you mix a bit of it with greek yogurt, you have a great, fast dip. Little bit of heat, great color and fab-u-lous flavor. I usually get ours at a nearby Indian foods market, but in doing some snooping, I found a recipe for it on Epicureous. You can decide which is easiest for you.
Mint Cilantro Chutney
2 cups packed fresh cilantro sprigs
1 cup packed fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup chopped white onion
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon chopped fresh small green chiles, such as serrano or Thai, including seeds, or to taste
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste