I grow a few herbs that I find useful, Basil (only small self seeded plants at the moment), Parsley (the old fashioned curly one) Perennial Coriander, Oregano, Thyme, Sage, Rocket and Mint. My favourite way to use Basil is simply torn up in a salad with Mango, drizzled with a Balsamic and Dijon mustard dressing. That balance of flavours is so fresh.
|I use Oregano in my Baked Ricotta and any tomato based meat sauce for pasta|
|I use this Perennial Coriander where ever you would use the normal Coriander, I just chop it up really finely. It's wonderful in this Cashew and Coriander dip|
|I use mint in Lamb dishes and chop it finely and mix into Greek Yoghurt to use as Raita or just as a herby dip|
|I adore Rocket and always grow it from seed, it is so prolific. I use it in salads and pesto|
|So far I have only used the sage in a marinade with Pork and sautéed in a little oil until crisp and sprinkled over Pumpkin soup|
I have also planted out some Marjoram and Sorrell for something new to try.
|This Sorrel, along with the Marjoram was in a "French Herbs" seedling pack. It is prized for its mild bitter flavour. I think either something is eating it or it is getting a bit sunburnt|
|The Marjoram has gone nuts. It was once used as a preserve for meat, it is still best friends with lamb and beef. It is also great in omelettes and sautéed mushrooms and vegetable and lentil soup.|
So, tell me, what herbs do you grow and which one is your favourite?