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 […]

The Power Of Parsley

The power of parsley If a herb can be described as humble, then parsley fits the bill. This underrated herb is usually part of every herb garden but is often only used as a garnish. To give parsley its due here are 10 ways to use it – in addition to its ability to pretty-up […]

Lemon Flavoured herbs

Lemon flavoured herbs Only a hint of lemon is needed to add zest to food and enhance delicate flavours. While lemony herbs have a more subtle taste compared to pure lemon juice they are just as useful as a natural flavouring. Lemon grass, lemon verbena, lemon balm, and lemon thyme can be used in salads […]

Herbal Vinegar

Herbal Vinegar Making a batch of vinegar infused with delicious fresh herbs is simple following the directions below. Flavoured vinegar can be a great gift idea for holidays or birthdays, and even as a hostess gift at gatherings. It can also be great to cook with at home and will taste fresher than the store […]

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Best herbs for round the clock teas

Herbal teas…for morning, noon and night Blurb: The best herbs for delicious, healthy, herbal teas There is nothing as comforting as a cup of tea, and that applies equally to herbal teas. Herbal teas should be delicious. Just because they are healthy doesn’t mean they should taste vile. The secret lies in choosing the right […]

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Sweet Herbs

Sweet herbs for flavouring fruit punches, refreshing teas and desserts, as well as teatime favourites like cakes, biscuits and scones. Except for Stevia rebaudiana that can be used as a substitute for sugar, herbs with a sweet, fruity, or aromatic flavour are not overpowering. Their presence is subtle, adding a hint of pineapple in the […]

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Asparagus – The supreme vegetable

Asparagus – The Supreme Vegetable • When the Roman emperor Augustus wanted something done quickly he commanded it to be done “citius quam asparagi coquintur” (quicker than you can cook asparagus). This admonition from Augustus describes for us the manner in which most asparagus aficionados believe asparagus should be cooked: the quicker the better. There […]

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Coriander

Coriander Coriander, or also known as Cilantro, has great application in cooking and so essential when it comes to enjoying a good curry dish. The soft leaves are used fresh, mixed in with the food or as a garnish just before serving to ensure a burst of flavour. The lesser known Vietnamese Coriander, also known […]

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Bronze Fennel

Bronze Fennel Bronze Fennel: One of the most attractive herbs with its soft wispy leaves and unique bronze colour that adds a lot of visual interest in the garden. Growing up to 1.8m high and 1m wide it makes the perfect backdrop for cottage gardens. With the same sweet liquorice flavour as Sweet Fennel, Bronze […]

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Mustard

Mustard Mustard greens are very popular in China for stir-fry, and mostly used cooked. The oriental mustards are a very large group of rather coarse-leaved brassicas, usually having a spicy flavour. The main advantage for the gardener is that they are very robust, tolerating a wide range of soil types, and most are exceptionally hardy, […]