Herbs, tomatoes, peppers & petunias in flower pots

Garlic Free Aioli | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Garlic Free Aioli | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Jeff and I love our bit of gardening, and many of the plants are in pots and raised gardens.  It is part of the evolution of gardening at our home.  I highly recommend it for those who love to garden but really don’t have the space, or the tiller for bigger gardens or who’s backs prevent them from gardening.

I plant above ground and Jeff plants in the ground because he likes to till the soil and plant bigger tomatoes.   He can’t pass up free plants either!  Truthfully, we have a hard time passing up bargains on plants that are going to feed us!  Last month when it was 90 degrees outside, I came home saying, “Guess what I bought?”  Jeff’s immediate response was, “As long as it isn’t a plant…”   Two asparagus plants were on sale and I couldn’t pass them up.  God love him, he just shook his head.  They are still alive and waiting to be planted when it’s cooler.

I especially love mixing herbs, cherry tomatoes and lunchbox peppers with petunias in large pots.  The presentation is pretty and the pots are productive!  My cherry tomato plants this year have been non-stop producers and I love making Italian sauce with them.  The petunias add the pretty flash of color and attract the hummingbirds.  We use fresh herbs all summer and dry the extras for winter cooking.  My mom was nice enough to spend the afternoon diligently removing dried herb leaves from stems so I could process them for storage.  Each bundle of herbs filled the room (and our fingers) with its fragrance!  We finished the first batches of sage, basil, stevia, dill seed, thyme and chives.  The remaining herbs are still drying.

My cilantro crop was vigorous this year, and then I let it go to seed so I could harvest the coriander seed.  Will is allergic to garlic, and one of the wonderful combinations to use instead of garlic in recipes is coriander and fennel seed crushed together.  It is so satisfying to know we are growing both in our pots around the house.

Aioli is a “garlic sauce” used with fish and vegetables that our family loves.  I have experimented with many recipes since Will found out he is allergic to garlic, and the recipe I am sharing was one of the success stories. I am sharing my “no garlic” aioli sauce with you.  You may find this actually packs more flavor then its namesake.

The Crab Cake recipe & traditional aioli can be found by clicking here: Spear Family Cooking – Crab Cakes or Hot Dogs?

 

Garlic Free Aioli Sauce
(For fish and vegetables)

Ingredients
1 tsp. coriander seed
1 tsp fennel seed
¼ tsp white pepper
2 T mayo
2T olive oil
2 tsp lemon juice

Grind in mortar and pestle (or with a spice grinder):
1 tsp. coriander seed
1 tsp fennel seed

add:
¼ tsp white pepper

Combine in a small bowl and mix:
2 T mayo
2 T olive oil
2 tsp lemon juice

add:
The mixed spices

Store your aioli in the refrigerator and enjoy!

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