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 […]

Rosemary

Rosemary It is no exaggeration to describe rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) as a ‘complete’ herb. It imparts a delicious flavour and aroma to food. It is a healing herb for body and soul, a beauty herb for hair and a fragrant air freshener for the home. To top it all, it is a versatile garden plant […]

Lavender

Lavender never seems to lose its allure. Besides all its qualities as a healing, soothing and fragrant herb, lavender is a landscaper’s dream. It always stands out, whether it is used in formal or informal gardens, planted en masse, in containers or in combination with other plants. Be creative and use Lavender in different ways: […]

Mint

Mint is one of those common and garden herbs that can easily be taken for granted unless you stop at a herb stand and rub the leaves of each of the different mints and experience their powerful individual perfumes. There are 25 species of mint and at least 14 different varieties are grown in South […]

Herbs For The Kitchen

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, […]

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 […]

Calendula

In winter Calendula officinalis rubs shoulders with pansies, petunias, and violas on the seedling rack in garden centres. That’s because they are sold as bedding plants; easy growing, colourful and pickable. Their rightful place is actually on the herb rack. Calendula has serious flower power in its petals! Their key actions, according to herbal references, […]

Rosemary

Rosemary  How easy it is to take rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) for granted. Once it is in the garden it is just there – doesn’t demand water, doesn’t over-grow everything, and doesn’t mind heat or cold. Winter is a fine time to become reacquainted with this herb. It flavours succulent roasts, can be added to bathwater […]

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 […]