Monday, February 21, 2011
Back from La Ventana
I'm back in Hood River, and excited that spring is getting closer everday. Days are getting longer. I wandered around my garden. The Snowdrops are blooming. That's certainly hopeful. In my vegetable garden I have cilantro..... That wonder herb. Luckily the Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Mexicans use it in their cooking. I try to make it stretch by making an easy salsa that I can put in all those cuisines. Heat a metal pan, add garlic to taste, add chiles of choice dried or fresh, (I use whatever I have still from summer), and dried tomatoes from summer (this is optional) and roast them 'til soft. You can add oil but I never do. Put these in a blender, add a little water & blend. At the end add a little cilantro. I store in a small jar in the refrigerator for up to three weeks, but you know it goes fast. I like to make it really spicy so I can punch any dish if I want to. I learned this from a Mexican, and make it often. Once you start using it you will add it to everything...... even Italian cooking if you take the cilantro out. Yum!!
Posted by gardengates at 10:36 AM