Friday, May 8, 2009

What's Blooming on my window sill?

From left to right, cyclamen, millet, lemon grass, Thai basil, sweet basil, and a hyacinth bulb I have to plant in the garden.

It is a very crowed window sill at the moment. I am trying to get some special herbs started for some of my favorite Asian dishes. I love to use lemon grass in marinades for the beef in Vietnamese Summer Salad Rolls. I am also trying to get the Thai basil to root so I will have plenty of that for Thai Green Curry sauce. Of course the sweet basil is a staple for all things tomato and summer.

Here is a quick little dish that my friend taught me for Phad Thai . Very simple if you buy the Phad Thai sauce.

You just soften noodles in hot water, then drain. Toss noodles in a little oil in a wok or large deep pan. Add some sauce 2-3 TB. according to taste. I add a little water at this point so they don't get too sticky. Push noodles to the side and cook some scrambled eggs. Toss in a little minced garlic, some green onions, and a good portion of bean sprouts. You don't want to over cook the bean sprouts, leave them a little crunchy. At the very end you can add cilantro and fresh squeezed lime juice. You can stir fry some chicken first and make a whole meal with this. Finish with some ground roasted peanuts and slice of lime.

Hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day. We spent it in our backyard with the babies and Famous Dave's Barbecue take out...worked well for the little ones. While the guys tossed a ball, the women held babies...ahhh :)


Vee said...

Ohhh, you have lots of good things on your sill. You'll be creating lots of delicious meals!

My windowsill gets a little crowded in spring, too. I have one spindly lavender plant coming up just now, but the other things have been booted to the garage. It turned so cool on us all of a sudden and we are in danger of frost every night this week.

Hope that your grandgirlies are doing very well...

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

You've got a whole garden growing in your kitchen...I like that!

Thanks for sharing your recipe...I think I will try that.

It sounds like you found a perfectly relaxing way to enjoy your Mother's Day.

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My Carolina Kitchen said...

Love your windowsill garden. I would love to try and grow Thai basil this year. We grew lemon grass when we lived in the islands but think it might now like the mountains where we now live. Your Phad Thai looks really good.

Knitting Mania said...

Yum, your Pad Thai looks sooo good. I'll pick your brain on how and where when we see ya on the 6th of June! :)

Glad you guys had a nice "baby" filled Mother's day.

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