Basil Seed Pots w. Roasted Strawberries
I’d never heard of basil seeds until I come across them at random in a well stocked spice corner of the Borough Market. Always intrigued by unusual ingredients I did a little research and discovered that these minuscule specimen have played a role in the traditional medicine practices of India and Iran for centuries. They behave much the same as chia seeds, swelling in liquid and becoming gelatinous, though their sweet mild taste sets them apart. If you can get your hands on them, they’re definitely to be preferred though chia seeds can be substitute if necessary.
Basil Seed Pots with Roasted Strawberries
Makes 4 individual pots / quick to prepare
1 cup of your choice of milk (dairy, almond, oat, coconut or rice)
3 tbsp of basil seeds
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
150g of strawberries
1 lime, juice & zest
2 tbsp of honey
2 tsp of rose water
Optional; natural yoghurt and maple syrup.
Combine the milk, basil seeds and vanilla extract in a medium sized mixing bowl and refrigerate over night.
By the next morning the seeds will have swollen, similar to chia. Taste the mixture - sometimes I like to add natural yoghurt to give it a creamier consistency and/or a dash of maple syrup. Do so if desired.
Meanwhile wash the strawberries, remove the green tops and halve. Place the prepared strawberries in a small roasting tray lined with parchment paper and then combine the lime juice and zest, honey and rose water in a small pouring jug. Pour the sweet mixture evenly over the strawberries and gently turn to make sure they’re well coated. Roast for 15 mins at 160 degrees celsius or until they’re soft and aromatic. Set aside to cool completely.
Divide the basil seed mixture into individual pots and top with the roasted strawberries and any remnant syrup. Serve immediately or return covered to the refrigerator. The pots will keep for up to five days and in my opinion the flavour just gets better and better.
SEASONAL GUIDE / temperate CLIMATE
Strawberries; peak season is late spring through autumn, though the diverse climate in Australia means strawberries are generally available year round.
ALSO COMPLEMENTARY TO SERVE WITH
Chopped pistachios, dried rose petals.
Pear / honey / cardamom
White peach / vanilla bean / almond extract
Rhubarb / orange zest / ginger