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Yum! – Arugula & Genovese Basil

Here’s the harvest from this past weekend – arugula & genovese basil:

A large bunch of arugula sitting on our kitchen counter.

Arugula. Believe it or not there is still some left on the plant downstairs.

A hand holding several leaves of genovese basil.

A small batch of our genovese basil. Look how big some of the leaves are!

We chopped them both and made a delicious salad with balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, pine nuts, coarse sea salt & pepper and finally topped with some shredded parmesan cheese (from the block with a micro-planar, not a plastic container from the fridge).  It went perfectly with some maple-glazed cedar plank grilled salmon.

A plate with maple-glazed cedar plank salmon with arugula & genovese basil salad, grown with our hydroponics

So tasty! Grilled salmon and salad made from our own arugula and basil from our hydroponic garden. It doesn’t get any fresher than that.

It is SO nice to get everything fresh from our basement.  The flavors and aromas are amazing and it’s so much better than crossing our fingers and going to the store and just hoping there’s something available.

We’re almost done harvesting our 2nd arugula plant from this 2nd round of seeds, so I think we’ll be planting more soon to take it’s place.  And our habaneros are full of flowers and baby peppers and at least 3 fully-grown but not quite ripe peppers.  Can’t wait until those come in!

Yum! – Fresh Thai Basil

Made delicious Thai curry (our own makeshift recipe) with some of this amazing Thai basil from our hydroponic garden.  It’s something we can’t buy here and we’ve still got plenty growing downstairs – that’s less than half of one of the plants!

A large pile of Thai basil from our hydroponic garden next to a bowl of white rice

Thai basil from our hydroponics set up in our basement.