Wednesday, February 23

Hooray for Cinnamon and Basil!




I love basil and cinnamon and having recently discovered that they're both excellent "mood lifters", I'm trying and use them as much as I can during these dreary February days.

Not long now til Spring, but I feel a tad jaded and determined to use all the help I can get!





I scatter basil with extravagant abandon over anything remotely savoury and make tomato and basil soups and pasta
Cinnamon goes on my breakfast porridge and in apple crumbles, but that seems to be the extent of my know-how with this cheerful duo.

Any other ideas gratefully received. . .

PS has anyone tried putting basil in the juicer?

17 comments:

OhSoVintage said...

I love the smell of basil (not so keen on cinnamon) but can't grow it at all. It either develops white fly or just withers. I brought a huge basil home from my mother's and within days it had died. So now I have to resort to buying it from the supermarket. It does make one think of summer days and meals al fresco too.
Ruth x

Mimi and Tilly said...

I love basil and cinnamon, but didn't know they were mood lifters. I will be using them in copious amounts from now on! I don't have any recipes to pass on,I'm afraid, but will let you know if I cook anything up. Em xx

Jee said...

Daughter bought me some cinnamon tea mix from Whittards that you can just makewith water or use in a chai. It's very good. We put cinnamon on breakfast too, but daughter's partner hates it so only put it in cakes and puds when we know he isn't coming.

Rose H (UK) said...

I love the smell of cinnamon, though not so struck on basil (though I do like the flavour).
Just off to dig out some cinnamon now :o)

::cupcakesandbiscuits:: said...

There's a juice from the Innocent smoothie recipe book with basil. I'll e-mail it to you now.

Ali xx

Donna ~ Love.Hope.Craft said...

I too LOVE the smells and taste of basil and cinnamon.
I use my little aromatherapy burner ...
Pop a lighted candle under the oil holder bit, put some boiling hot water in the oil bit, add half a teaspoon of cinnamon, and some shredded basil leaves, pop the holey lid on, and let the steamy, scented smell fill the room with the glorious aromas of basil and cinnamon...MMMMmmmmm

This works well with most herbs and spices, fresh or dried :0)

Naughty Bruce :0)

Menopausal musing said...

I like both, but like you I have difficulty in knowing what else to do with cinammon. The replies in your comments section have been a great help however. February is just dragging, isn't it?

Sherri B. said...

I have not juiced basil..it would probably take a ton to make juice..hmmm

I like to add cinnamon to applesauce and you could put in with sugar on toast with loads of butter.

melbatoast68 said...

Find you some Chai tea. It's got cinnamon in it and with a little cream and sugar, it's divine! It will definitely improve your mood. It's not cheap, so it's one of my guilty pleasures.

Fading Grace said...

You could make pesto...toast up some pine nuts, lots of basil, garlic, probably other stuff too!! blend it up...mix with pasta....yummy x I'm Fed up of Febuary too x

Vintage Tea Time said...

I always have a big pot of basil in the kitchen - LOVE IT!! We have Greek salad pretty regularly and pesto / pasta - and then I just sprinkle basil leaves on everything! I've only used cinnamon powdered in muffins, cinnamon sticks in mulled wine.... Mmmm, hungry now!

VintageWantsNotNeeds said...

I know what to do with Cinnamon - Cinnamon buns with lots of icing yum - one of my favourite things to eat when I am in the US, I know it is naughty but I have them for breakfast with Strawberries. No wonder I feel good when I am on holiday over there, never knew it was a mood lifter - now I have an excuse when I eat them - thanks for that Elaine

Kim said...

Cinnamon and sugar toast, Cinnamon bread, Cinnamon in apple pie and apple crumbles, Sprinkle a little cinnamon in Chili...Do you make Chili over there? Cinnamon in tea, coffee,hot chocolate--ooooh I loooove cinnamon! Now though I do not like nutmeg..has a weird flavor that kinda numbs my tongue..I know, I'm weird...I love the smell of fresh basil...it is maddening...I am going on and on and on...I'll shut up now!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Hi, I'm your newest "Follower" saw you at "Le Temps des Lavandes" and decided to pop over! Your blog is lovely!

Check out this recipe for using basil in a dessert with strawberries - it's divine! http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/balsamic-strawberries-with-ricotta-cream-recipe2/index.html

You could put a pinch or two of cinnamon in your coffee or hot chocolate, mmmmm, yummy! But here's a dinner recipe link, I substituted the quail for chicken and it was delicious!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/pomegranate-cinnamon-grilled-quail-recipe/index.html

Stop by and say hello when you have a moment, I love company! I enjoyed my visit today!

My Spotty Pony said...

Thank you Elaine, how lovely of you to make such kind comments on my blog.... you are my first follower! I am still working on making my blog page look more interesting (my worn brain is getting slower learning new stuff).
Delia puts half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon with a teaspoon of fresh thyme in her shepherds pie and its really very scrummy.
Enjoy the rest of your week, Abe xx

Sylvia said...

I don't often use basil, only in pesto on pasta.
I like the smell of cinnamon and I tried cinnamon ice cream, delicious !
Nice day,
Sylvia

mrsnesbitt said...

Oooooooooooooh I have some cabbage leaf plates too! They stand with my duck collection.

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