I went outside to check on my basil plant the other day, (because the thing has become a leafy baby that needs a check on each day in my eyes) and I found this guy sitting on the leaves, blending in. I don’t like having something I eat outside just for this exact reason, or more so slugs, but this guy looked so happy sitting in there that I snapped a picture of him. Bugs are kind of inevitable for foods, but basil seems a pretty good natural repellent for most pests. This guy vacated the pot soon after this photo.
The basil is thriving. It wilted a little in the heatwave but moving it into shade and sprinkling some water on it perked it back up almost straight away. I certainly chose an easy food to begin with, herbs seem quite hardy. The yellow on the leaves in the picture is not there in reality, but there due to an instagram filter. It has doubled its size and grows everyday, so much so that I have too much basil for just me! So we’ve decided to make some into a homemade basil pesto. Which is still pretty much having the same amount of basil… but who’s counting.
The basil surviving this long and so well has confirmed that I should move on to some other herbs and vegetables. After consulting some gardening websites for tips I have chosen to tackle spinach, lettuce and perhaps capsicum. I just have to work out the where to plant them now! Let’s just hope they don’t die.
I heard about a campaign called ‘Meat Free Week’. You can sign up and be sponsored to go a week without meat in order to ease the demand on meat factory farming, and of course ease your money bag for a week! They provide recipes for us meat dependers. I haven’t signed up because I didn’t think anybody would sponsor me, and I found out about it today and it starts tomorrow. These are probably weak excuses so I decided instead to have my own meat free week (I’m sure the campaign will half-thank me) and promised myself to learn to cook some new meals that don’t involve meat or take-away. I think this will actually be hard.
It’s funny how much meat you eat without realizing, it’s true that suddenly you find yourself having had meat for most meals of the day. I think a meat-free week could make you feel better, and especially a take-away free one. I will have to let you know at the end of the week how I feel: better? worse? the same? more alert or more tired? We’ll see. I will be tested Wednesday as my mother has declared she is making roast lamb and we all better be there. Vegies for me it will be!
Do you have any favourite vegetarian recipes / meals you’d recommend I try?