Picnic with Herbs

With warm, sunny days it is a perfect time to plan a picnic for friends and family that makes the most of all the herbs that are in abundance right now. Here’s a challenge. Using the herbs in your garden, see how you can feature a different herb or combination of herbs in each dish […]

Bon appétit – Artichokes are the gourmet herb for the good life

As a vegetable globe artichokes (Cynarascolymus) are considered a gourmet delicacy. As a garden plant, the spiky silvery green foliage is striking and unusually beautiful. But as a herb, would you guess that it is one of the most effective and far reaching natural liver tonics that one can grow? The most effective part of […]

Tarragon & Mint Ice Cream

Need to cool down after a hot year? Try This! Ingredients 1 Large bunch of Tarragon 1 Large bunch of Mint 2 cups of heavy cream 1 can condensed milk Pinch if sea salt Method Bruice tarragon and mint to release the oils Place herbs in sauce pan and add heavy cream. Bring to boil […]

Home Made Ranch Dressing

Quick, Easy and Tasty Ingredients: 2 tbs well shaken buttermilk 1 tbsp Mayonnaise Salt and Pepper 2-3 finely chopped Parsley, Chives and Mint Method: Whisk together buttermilk and mayonnaise Season to taste Add herbs and refrigerate

Lavender and Pepper Steak

Let your taste buds go wild! Lavender and Pepper Steak Ingredients 1 tbsp Dried lavender 1 tbsp Black peppercorns 1/4 tsp Green peppercorns 1/4 tsp Red peppercorns 1/4 tsp White peppercorns 1/4 tsp Salt Steak of your choice Method Preheat grill to medium Crush Lavender and peppercorns (you can use the bottom of a small […]

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Quick, easy & Tasty Ingredients 1 kg Potatoes 1/8 cup Olive Oil 3/4 teaspoon Salt 1/2 teaspoon Pepper 1 Tablespoon Garlic (optional) 2 tablespoon Minced fresh Rosemary Method Preheat oven to 200° C Cut potatoes in half and place in bowl with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and Rosemary. Make sure the potatoes are well […]

Cooling Mint

It has been used by all the ancient civilizations; by the Egyptians and Greeks as an aromatic bathing herb, as an appetite stimulant by the Romans, who also used it to flavour wine and sauces and as a strewing herb in medieval homes. Throughout the Middle East mint it is a symbol of hospitality. In […]

Herbs For The Kitchen

Fresh herbs add fragrance and flavour to food that can’t be matched by dried herbs or other flavourings. Growing your own herbs allows you to experience the sheer pleasure of picking your own mix of herbs; whether it is a few sprigs of parsley, some sweet smelling basil leaves or origanum, with its earthy tang. […]

Coriander

Coriander is one of those herbs that can evoke a strong reaction. Here’s a clue; Coriandrum comes from the Greek word “coris’ meaning ‘bedbug’, because of the similar odour of the leaves. The fresh leaves may be an acquired taste for Western palates but are an essential ingredient in many Southern Asian and Chinese dishes. […]

Beetroot and Herb Soup with Goat’s Cheese

This easy soup is a must try. You can make it in summer or winter and serve it either hot or cold. This soup is not only colourful and easy but loaded with benefits. Beetroot: Contains magnesium, Iron and Vitamin A, B6 and C Chives: Low in calories, high in vitamins and minerals Mint: High antioxidant qualities […]