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 […]

Growing your own Healthy Green Salad

It seems like bad timing that just as salad season reaches its peak, the heat makes lettuce bolt. One way of getting round that is to grow the loose leaf or multi-leaf lettuce varieties, from which individual leaves can be harvested. They are less likely to bolt if planted in a cooler part of the […]

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

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 […]

Herbs for the festive season

Herbs for the Festive Season During the festive season everything needs to taste – and look – just a little bit more special. For the freshest, nicest and most affordable flavourings and garnishes look no further than the herb garden! Most established herb gardens feature the standard herbs – sage, rosemary, lavender, mint, and thyme. […]

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 […]

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. […]

Growing Tips For Winter

 There is no need to go short of fresh herbs in winter with these savvy suggestions. Both Thyme “Silver Posy’ or Lemon thyme are attractive low growing plants that can be used in a sunny border in front of pansies, violas or petunias. They are also easy to grow in pots, provided the potting soil […]

Best Herbs To Use When Baking Bread

Baking bread is an age old craft and adding flavour with fresh garden herbs makes it even more satisfying. There is not much that surpasses the aroma, taste and texture of bread warm from the oven. Adding fresh herbs to bread adds even more to the flavour and turns a basic loaf, flatbread or muffin […]