Rose Platter: Tiny Trinkets of Daily Magic!

The Tiny Trinkets of Everyday Magic!


Grow a pot of basil in your car!


Did you know that you can grow a pot of basil in your car?! Basil adores hot, dry conditions so it will do well inside a greenhouse or somewhere warm and bright, says Allan Shepherd in her book The Organic Garden Green and Easy. She knows a gardener who has a pot of basil growing in her car!


Basil leaves are great for adding to tomatoes, flavoring salads, sauces and vegetables. Dried or fresh, they make a delicious tea.


Stuffed tomatoes with Basil:

4 large tomatoes

half cup soft bread crumbs

one fourth cup chopped fresh basil

1 clove garlic, crushed

one tablespoon minced onion

half teaspoon salt

a little pepper

5 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese


Preheat the oven to 375 deg. F. Halve the tomatoes and spoon their pulp into a bowl. Place the halves cut, cut side down, on paper towels to dry.

Mix the bread crumbs, mozzarella cheese, basil, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, and 4 tablespoons of the oil with the pulp.

Arrange the tomatoes, open side up, in a baking dish, fill with the pulp mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and drizzle with the remaining oil. Bake for 20 minutes. Serves 4 to 8.

From: Reader’s Digest. Magic and Medicine of Plants.


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