Lime Basil Mojito

Lime Basil MojitoWhat is one to do when one has an excess of limes and basil? Why – make a modified version of a mojito, of course!

Recipe as follows (makes 1 drink)

Half a lime, juiced
A slice of lime to look pretty in the glass
A few basil leaves
A shot of rum
1 tablespoon of sugar
Ice cubes
Soda water (enough to top off glass)

Muddle lime, basil leaves, lime juice, rum and sugar together. Top off with soda water and ice. Enjoy!

Strawberry Basil Macarons

I headed out to the little town of Benalla yesterday and visited the local fruit grocer. They had beautiful strawberries for only $2 a punnet and I knew right then that I would love to make some strawberry macarons with them.

I made plain macaron shells and painted them with red and gold lustre dust mixed with vodka. The colors don’t show up very well unfortunately. I filled them with a white chocolate strawberry ganache and a small basil leaf. The basil really cuts through the sweetness making this macaron a very satisfactory mouthful.

Filling recipe as below (fills a 100g almond meal shell recipe)

50g white chocolate
50ml cream
50g strawberries, roughly chopped
1 tsp powdered gelatine

  1. Heat white chocolate and cream together in microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring between each heating until chocolate is fully dissolved.
  2. Add chopped strawberries into ganache and incorporate.
  3. Sprinkle 1 tsp of powdered gelatine into 2 tablespoons of cold water and heat in the microwave for about 20 seconds or until gelatine dissolves.
  4. Pour ganache mixture into gelatine while stirring to avoid gelatine clumps.
  5. Leave in fridge to cool and thicken.


Watermelon, Basil and Balsamic Canapes

During my Pinterest surfing I came across a photo for these darling little canapes and just had to make my own version!

It’s simply a matter of chopping watermelon into cubes, hollowing out a hole with a melon baller at the top, sitting it on a basil leaf and filling the concavity with some a balsamic vinegar reduction. It was delicious – the watermelon that I bought was not very sweet so the balsamic really helped it along.

Simple and pretty – my favourite kind of recipe.

Caprese Canapes

I absolutely adore bite sized food and sweets if you haven’t already noticed – there’s nothing I enjoy more than making food that looks good. Shallow me.

Anyway, decided to put these together for a snack last night – cherry tomatoes, baby bocconcini and basil, served with olive oil and reduced balsamic vinegar.

I love balsamic vinegar when it’s reduced – the resultant sticky, sweet and dark fluid is heaven. So simple too – just simmer balsamic vinegar in a pot until thick and sweet. Unfortunately, my reduction activities left me with an apartment that smells like i painted the walls with vinegar. 😦