I am a spice girl. Not scary, a bit sporty, likes ginger. (Okay, I’ll admit… that was a bit lame.) Seriously, though, I love herbs and spices. I use a lot of coriander and cumin when I cook and whenever I can get my hands on some, I love me some basil, too. Just the thought of the Thai dish pad gao-prao muu (minced pork with basil and chili) makes my mouth water.
Whenever I find myself at the Flower Market, I always make sure that I get a pot or two of basil. This way, I can just snip away whenever I need some basil leaves. Most often, though, I gather the leaves and make pesto and freeze them for later use. I just love, love, love the smell of basil!
Do you have a favorite herb or spice?