Harvesting and Preserving Herbs

It is time to start harvesting and preserving herbs for a good supply during winter, especially if you love robust soups and stews. Timing If you have not thought of it before, try harvesting according to the moon. Herbs for drying should be picked during a waning moon. During a waning moon the sap moves […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bay Leaf

A Mediterranean herb that is inextricably linked to our diverse and colourful culinary tradition is the bay leaf. What would Malay food be without bay leaves, especially bobotie? Or venison, for that matter? Whether it is game or beef, bay adds a deep, spicy note to slow cooked red meat dishes as well as to […]

Savoury Herbs

The category of ‘savoury’ herbs covers a huge range of flavours. These herbs each have their own, strong, identifiable taste and in many cases stand up to long, slow cooking which releases a flavour that cannot be replicated or mimicked. The secret of using herbs in cooking is that herbs should add to the overall […]

Super Herbs For Soups

Super herbs for soups The best thing about winter is that is the season for soup, providing yet another reason for using herbs. Besides log fires and red wine, a hearty soup is one of the great pleasures of winter and in most cases herbs are the magic ingredient. Whether herbs are used as seasoning […]

French Herbs

Classic French cuisine is both sophisticated and simple and herbs are an essential ingredient. Subtly flavoured herbs like tarragon, chervil, chives, and fennel are used with a light touch, while thyme is favoured for the robust flavour it imparts to casseroles, roasts and soup. BOX: Traditional herb combinations The French use herbs differently, making their […]