herb oil or vinegar
Place 3 tablespoons of preselected herbs in a quart of oil or vinegar and set aside for 7 days. Many types of aromatic herbs may be used such as thyme, rosemary, laurel, sage, wild mint, chives, garlic, marjoram or any herb that releases a strong aroma. Use this aromatic base for salads as well as flavoring meat and fish.
Prepare vegetables by cutting them in pieces of equal dimensions. Place in a vegetable steamer or a colander works as well. Cover and place the container above a pot of boiling water. Serve with olive or herb oil.
This method of cooking is fast and easy. Vegetables are quickly sautéed in a heated skillet, in order to keep the outside golden brown and the inside crisp. It is important to heat the skillet well and cut the vegetable pieces of equal dimensions. While cooking, season and sauté with 3 tablespoons of olive oil and cook for 3-5 minutes maximum. Complete with a teaspoon of lemon juice and black pepper.
Many vegetables may be roasted, such as onions, potatoes, pumpkin, peppers and tomatoes. Place vegetables in a roasting pan, and stir well with oil and butter. Cook at 350° F for 45-60 minutes. To prepare seasoned potatoes, add 2 teaspoons of coarse-grain salt, 4 tablespoons of rosemary, 2 tablespoons of peppercorns and one teaspoon of chili pepper to the potatoes before roasting.
The perfect vegetables for grilling are peppers, zucchini, eggplant, fennel and radicchio. Mix vegetables with olive oil, salt and pepper. Cook vegetables on both sides, ensuring that that they remain well oiled, until they become tender. Serve with finely cut fresh garlic.