Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Balcony Garden: Harvest Monday #12

We've had an exciting visitor to our balcony over the last few weeks. Not a pest by any means but sometimes he can be kinda annoying! 

We've been cat-sitting this lovely fellow, Scratchy, and it's been fun to have an older cat to mind for a change.  Unlike the kittens that came before him he didn't break anything and managed to use his kitty litter tray every time without fail. And furthermore he loved my balcony garden - he'd be out their all the time sniffing the various plants.  He only tried to jump off the balcony once - pretty good odds for a three week stay at Château Piggy.


Maybe he wasn't trying to jump off the balcony, but trying to climb higher to smell this delicious sage I've been growing - it's so fragrant!  This sage is one of the few things I've not grown myself from seed as I couldn't find any seeds, so I bought some seedlings from Bunnings and this is the result!


There's quite a lot of the stuff and I'm not really sure what to do with it other than make this delicious Burnt Butter + Sage Pasta that I was taught at the Parma cooking class I attended last year.  If you have any super simple recipes incorporating sage please flick them my way!


Even looking at these photos is making my mouth water - this recipe is so simple yet SO tasty! You simple brown a pad of butter in the pan and add the sage until it goes nice and crispy. The method I was taught also incorporates adding anchovies and capers which add a nice zesty + salty element to the dish.

 

You can view more Harvest Monday posts on Daphne's Dandelions blog.

10 comments:

  1. Ooh, hope to see more of lovely Scratchy! And your sage is doing so well (sorry, I can't think of anything to make with it except burnt butter sage sauce).

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  2. I too am stumped for sage recipes - other than this, although don't you use sage for veal scaloppine?? (although I don't eat veal and would need to substitute).
    This may end up on my dinner list this week *kicking myself that I didn't pick up sage from Flowerpower on the weekend*

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  3. Fried sage in butter is the BEST. It's also great in stuffing recipes - you simply bake your stuffing in a pan with lots of butter, sage, onions and other bits and pieces (like dried cranberries) and then slice them up for sandwiches. Very tasty

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  4. I love your balcony, it looks like a happy place! Your sage pasta looks so good! I also have sage growing but I rarely use it, I hope some of your readers have some more ideas :)

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  5. Super fresh sage + Pepe Saya = heaven! Maybe the anchovies and capers were not really needed?

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  6. That sage pasta is looking super good! And what a beautiful cat you got to catsit! (:

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  7. Oh oh oh, I remember that sauce! Easy peasy, I must steal some of your fresh sage and give it a try

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  8. Pumpkin sage and ricotta lasagne? Stuffed chicken breasts wrapped in sage and prosciutto? Pumpkin risotto or gnocchi with sage?

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  9. What a happy looking cat - he looks like he found nirvana on your balcony garden. Your sage looks absolutley lush and beautiful! I love a leaf of sage fried and place on top a slice of green apple and with a dash of goats cheese.

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