Yesterday I finished my post with this picture, all the goodies laid out ready for turning into our favourite bottled sauce. I always find if I lay everything out it inspires me to actually get on and do it.
The onions, chillies and peppers were thoroughly whizzed in the food processor first to save time chopping, then cooked in some olive oil for five minutes to let the flavours mingle and then the tinned tomatoes added along with the tomato puree and the fresh and dried herbs, it was all soon bubbling away on the cooker.
Two hours later there were eleven jars of hot, tomatoey sauce cooling on the rack. When they had cooled down and I had heard the satisfying clunky type ping of the lids as the hot sauce and the hot jars helped to create the necessary vacuum to keep all the freshness in, I moved them to the worktop to continue cooling overnight.
This morning I labelled them, all except the one we will be using tonight in a lovely Pasta Bake which will be accompanied by a homemade cheese and garlic 'tear and share' bread. There's just one more things to make now ....
... and that will be made using the other tall and overgrown Basil plant.
Look how healthy and vibrant the one I cut down yesterday to add to the sauce looks already, they love a good 'haircut'. These Basils started life as one overcrowded supermarket plant, the minute I got home I split it in two and put them into these larger pots and you can see how much extra Basil I have got for my money.
And now I'm off to play with Basil .......