An Italian honours the IRISH with a green
Curly parsley is the one that is the most primarily used due to its pretty garnishing appearance. However, if taste is what your're after...you're best to stick with the flat kind. It also has the properties of better refrigeration life. It is also regarded as being less bitter and does possess a fuller flavour. Lastly, flat parsley also contains about four times more essential oils than the curly variety.
Use a tall plastic container...add a little bit of cold water. Then, add the pre-washed parsley (most of the stem part cut-off)...then cover. This will create a hermetic environment for the herb to keep its freshness. I do this with the 'Mint' herb as well. Do not forget to make sure that ALL the very short stems are in the water. Essentially, the water will need to be changed every other day. Note: For those who are wondering...unfortunately this does not work as well with Basil ;(
Sun dried tomatoes have the same nutritional value as fresh tomatoes. They are high in Lycopene, antioxidants, vitamin C and low in sodium, fat, and calories.
Sun dried tomatoes were born in Italy as a way to store fresh tomatoes for the winter. Fresh tomatoes would be dried in the hot sun on the tile roofs as a way to preserve them for the cold months. Today they are still dried in the sun, but in much larger quantities and under strict quality controls." photo: sporkandknife.net and reference notes from: sun-dried-tomatoes.com.
PARSLEY SUN-DRIED TOMATO
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(American / Metric measures)
. 12 sun-dried tomatoes
. 4 cups (180g) parsley (flat leaved)
. 3/4 cup (175ml) oils: [half of each from both olive oil and grape seed oil (or canola)]
. 1 large garlic clove (minced)
. 1/2 cup (100g) roasted chopped almonds
Seasoning and Cheeses:
. 1 tsp. (5ml) sea salt
. 1 tsp. (5ml) dried herb: basil
. 1/2 cup (60g) grated cheese: Parmegiano 'Reggiano'
. 1/2 cup (60g) grated cheese: Pecorino 'Romano'
note: some more cheese can be grated on top of the pasta dish ;)
If serving with pasta or other suitable dish:
For the below mentioned recipe...add the following:
. 1/2 pkg. (250g) of ' linguini ' pasta (for 2 persons)
. 1/2 reg. can of pitted black olives (sliced)
. 1/2 reg. can of rinsed red kidney beans (or similar choice)
Happy St Patty's day and flavourful wishes,
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