MELANZANE E PATATE CON BASILICO E SEMI DI SESAMO or EGGPLANT AND POTATOES WITH BASIL AND SESAME SEEDS

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I just came home from Florence where me and my friend have been sneaking around on the backstreets because I really can’t stand the normal routes that lead to the usual tourist attractions. I had enough of them when we lived there so nowadays I always try to walk on all the beautiful streets that are there behind the usual backdrops, unknown to those who doesn’t live there. I did take some photos but I’ll post them some other day, right now I have to start preparing the pizza and then I want to lie down for 20 minutes and read, I started a very promising book yesterday!

This is my contribution to Weekend Herb Blogging, this week Sher of What Did you Eat is organizing the event; she will surely make a beautiful roundup if it is anything like her normal posts!

When Kalyn asked for to blog about our favourite herb a couple of weeks ago I was torn between basil and rosemary so it is not more than right that I post a recipe with it this week! It is really a very versatile herb, I use it for almost anything actually and the day I find a perfume that smells like it, I’ll buy it immediately!

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MELANZANE E PATATE CON BASILICO E SEMI DI SESAMO or EGGPLANT AND POTATOES WITH BASIL AND SESAME SEEDS

1 large eggplant
4 potatoes
20 basil leaves
1 clove of garlic
1-2 tbsp sesame seeds
Salt
Olive oil

– Cut the eggplant and the potatoes into rather large sticks.
Heat up the oil together with the garlic and then you first sautè the potatoes until golden and crisp. When they are ready, you let them drip off excess fat.
– Meanwhile you sautè the eggplant until almost golden and then you unite the two and continue to cook. Don’t forget the salt.
– While they sautè, you chop the basil leaves finely and mix it with some olive oil and then you toast the sesame seeds in a frying pan. Mix the seeds with the basil oil.
– When the eggplant is golden and as crisp as eggplant can get, you add the basil and sesame seed oil and mix well.
– Serve!

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