Fresh basil tends to be infested with aphids, thrips and other insects. Please check “Kashrut Instructions” below for instructions on insect inspection.
- 6 (6 oz.) salmon fillets
- 2 cups chopped pecans
- 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
- 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh basil
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ¼ lb. fresh sorrel
- ½ onion, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup white wine
- 2 cups heavy cream
- Juice from 1 lime
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Coarsely chop pecans, tarragon and fresh basil in food processor. Add butter, salt and pepper and pulse quickly until mixed.
- Place the filets in a greased 9x13-inch pan.
- Spread the nut mixture on top of the fillets and bake, uncovered for 25-30 minutes.
DESCRIPTION: Fresh Chives, basil, cilantro, dill, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme are often used as spices or garnishing.
Please Note: Curly leaf parsley is very difficult to check. It is therefore recommended that only flat leaf parsley be used.
INFESTATION: Aphids, thrips and other insects may often be found on the leaves and stems of these herbs. Insects tend to nestle in the crevices between the leaves and branches of herbs. These insects can curl up and stick to the leaf once they come in contact with water.
Vegetable spinners, power hoses, and light boxes are not always available in the home. We therefore recommend the following alternate procedure.
RECOMMENDATION: In order to determine if a particular bunch of herbs is infested prior to washing, bang it several times over a white cloth. This is most important when checking oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme. If only one or two insects are found proceed with the steps below. If three or more insects are detected in a particular bunch of herbs it should not be used.
- Soak herbs in a solution of cold water and vegetable wash. The proper amount of vegetable wash has been added when some bubbles are observed in the water. (In the absence of vegetable wash, several drops of concentrated unscented liquid detergent may be used. However, for health reasons, care must be taken to thoroughly rinse off the soapy solution.)
- Agitate the herbs in the soapy water, in order to loosen the sticking excretion of the bugs.
- Using a heavy stream of water, thoroughly wash off the soap and other foreign matter from the herbs.
- Check both sides of each leaf under direct light.
- If one or two insects are found, rewash the herbs.
- If any insects are found after repeating the agitation process twice, the entire bunch must be discarded.
Please note: To prepare herbs such as cilantro, dill, or parsley for use in soups, wash them thoroughly and place in a cooking bag.