Basil quotes

Basil quotes by topic: Cooking and basil, Health and basil, Scent and basil, Relationship and basil, Balcony and basil, Food and basil, Basil features, India and basil, Death and basil, Italy and basil, House and basil, Herbs and basil. So let’s go to each of them.

Cooking and basil

I trembled. I was done. This was it. I wanted to die, right here in the kitchen, beside my precious basil. (Scott Hildreth)

I believe in the magic of preparation. You can make just about any foods taste wonderful by adding herbs and spices. Experiment with garlic, cilantro, basil and other fresh herbs on vegetables to make them taste great. (Jorge Cruise)

To season the food, a herbal essence is prepared, which gives it an excellent taste. For this, take basil, tarragon, lemon balm, chervil, pimpernel, dill, hyssop and the like, chop them fractionally…(Vasily Levshin)

I only cook with basil when the kids aren’t having dinner with us. Children have no taste, Olympe. (Murielle Magellan)

I like cooking pasta. Maybe it’s that I always wanted to be Italian American in some dark part of my soul; maybe I get off on that final squirt of emulsifying extra virgin, just after the basil goes in, I don’t know. (Anthony Bourdain)

Basil was sensuous, liking to stretch out green and silky under a hot sun with its feet covered in cool soil. Basil married so well with her favorite ingredients: rich ripe tomatoes, a rare roast lamb, a meaty mozzarella. Jasmine plucked three leaves from her basil plant and slivered them in quick, precise slashes, then tucked them into her salad along with a tablespoon of slivered orange rind. (Nina Killham)

Health and basil

The smell of basil is good for the heart. It takes away the sadness that comes from melancholy and makes people happy. (John Gerard)

Excess salt can cause water retention and increase blood pressure. Restrict salt to 6 g, roughly about 1 teaspoon, per day. Substitute extra salt with herbs and spices such as oregano, basil, coriander and parsley, or use seasonings like lemon, garlic or pepper. (Namita Jain)

Pounding fragrant things — particularly garlic, basil, parsley — is a tremendous antidote to depression. But it applies also to juniper berries, coriander seeds and the grilled fruits of the chilli pepper. Pounding these things produces an alteration in one’s being — from sighing with fatigue to inhaling with pleasure. The cheering effects of herbs and alliums cannot be too often reiterated. Virgil’s appetite was probably improved equally by pounding garlic as by eating it. (Patience Gray)

Herbs and Seasonings Considered Safe For Dogs: Alfalfa Aloe Vera Anise Burdock Basil Calendula Catnip Caraway Seed Chamomile Cinnamon Cilantro Coriander. (Elizabeth A. Patterson)

Scent and basil

Warm, enticing scents were floating down, basil and oregano and tomato. It made Wes long for something, something he couldn’t place. A happy childhood, a home. (Sarah Addison Allen)

The scent organ was playing a delightfully refreshing Herbal Capriccio — rippling arpeggios of thyme and lavender, of rosemary, basil, myrtle, tarragon; a series of daring modulations through the spice keys into ambergris; and a slow return through sandalwood, camphor, cedar and newmown hay (with occasional subtle touches of discord — a whiff of kidney pudding, the faintest suspicion of pig’s dung) back to the simple aromatics with which the piece began. The final blast of thyme died away; there was a round of applause; the lights went up. (Aldous Huxley)

I pray your Highness mark this curious herb:
Touch it but lightly, stroke it softly, Sir,
And it gives forth an odor sweet and rare;
But crush it harshly and you’ll make a scent
Most disagreeable. (Charles Godfrey Leland)

Relationship and basil

A man taking basil from a woman will love her always. (Thomas More)

He once called her his basil plant; and when she asked for an explanation, said that basil was a plant which had flourished wonderfully on a murdered man’s brains. (George Eliot)

every day
and twice on sun day
before I’m fully awake, I rinse
my first cup’s sweet cream
residue, refill with water
and
I talk to the basil plant
on my front porch while I prep
my chicken broth, cooing sweet things
like; (If ur Abs)

Balcony and basil

From the railings of the balconies and windows are hung in tight rows three and four tiers of pots of geraniums, basil or carnations, until nothing is visible from the window which disappears into the greenery. (Albert t’Serstevens)

I saw that the whites of her eyes were moister and brighter than usual, and that she was crushing between her fingers and breaking one by one the branches of a basil plant which was vegetating in a pot of earth on the balcony. (Alphonse de Lamartine)

From the very morning it is stuffy, hot, and on the open veranda, where mint and basil are dried for the winter on a fishing line stretched from wall to wall… such silence lies and can barely breathe that you can hear the flies kicking out of anger the strawberries painted on a large and empty earthenware dish. (Mikhail Baru)

Food and basil

A few drops of olive oil on the red pomodori, two or three leaves crumbled on top, a piece of day-old bread, rubbed with garlic, and waltz your taste buds! I don’t know a simpler happiness. (Jean-Claude Izzo)

People who take seemingly mere trifles seriously are invulnerable. The whole world is going to hell, but a cup of morning coffee is still in price. A cup of morning coffee with a drop of cream is no less important than the exchange rate on the world market. Just as important is crispbread toasted in olive oil, sprinkled with coarse salt and topped with a leaf of fresh oregano, mint or basil. (Karine Arutyunova)

A little sauce, beans and basil,
sheep’s cheese, a dusty bottle of wine. (Junna Moritz)

Basil features

Other herbs such as basil, rosemary, thyme, sage, marjoram and chervil all make wonderful additions to meals and bring with them many health benefits as well. (Stephan Domenig)

Holy Basil -Tulasi
The plant that grows in abundance,
Tiny bell shaped flowers,
A profusion of six bells at each point of the stalk,
Twelve clusters lining up like a plume,
No hues to marvel about,
But with its humble nature
Makes its presence felt! (Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna)

India and basil

It’s a spice native to Southeast Asia and sacred to the Hindu religion. Just one whiff of it… sends a refreshing sensation throughout the entire body. In Ayurvedic medicine, it’s even considered an elixir of life! (Yuto Tsukuda)

Give Krishna a choice of scented blossoms Like jasmine with its heady aroma, Or the pretty white chrysanthemum, Or the exotic parijata flower, Or the attractive red fluorescence, Krishna would pick up the green Tulasi leaves His favourite adornment – the leaves of devotion Holding it lovingly to his sacred heart! (Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna)

Death and basil

Some of the plants have obituary names: Iris, Basil, Rue, Rosemary, and Verbena. Some, like meadowsweet and cowslips, sweet flag and spikenard, are like the names of Shakespeare fairies. (Chuck Palahniuk)

The basil tuft, that waves
Its fragrant blossom over graves. (Thomas Moore)

Italy and basil

If you’ve got a plot the size of a car or a tiny yard in Italy, you’re going to be growing tomatoes and basil and celery and carrots, and everybody is still connected to the land. (Frances Mayes)

Going to Europe as a budding cook opened my eyes to food in a different way. When I got to Italy, the first thing I did was put my little basil plants in the ground and watch them turn into big, healthy bushes. (Frances Mayes)

House and basil

Tree in bloom, a white farmhouse — potted basil in the kitchen. (Nancy Reisman)

The Florentine cobbler, while pushing the awl, listened with a kind smile. He was a little bald man, who represented one of the types familiar to Flemish painting. On the table, among the wooden shapes, nails, pieces of leather and balls of pitch, a basil plant displayed its round green head. (Anatole France)

Herbs and basil

Basil, lavender, aspic, and similar herbs. (Olivier de Serres)

Working on the native-herb garden in the front corner of the yard. Already thriving: thyme, hyssop, spearmint, lemon balm, fennel, chamomile, marjoram. Must add: lavender, ambrosia, valerian, mugwort, pennyroyal, gillyflower, and (when it’s warmer) sweet basil. (Neal Stephenson)

Among the topics of basil quotes, I would highlight Italy, India, herbs, scent, balcony, cooking.

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