Add a burst of fresh flavour to your cooking with some home grown herbs, direct from your very own kitchen.
If you want to make great use of your kitchen, why not transform this area of your home into a sustainable ‘garden’ kitchen – complete with herbs that not only add aesthetic appeal to your design, but also encourage healthier, flavoursome cooking.
Having a mini kitchen garden has plenty of benefits over an outside garden, with two main benefits being that is of easy convenience and low-maintenance for you and your family.
Here are the Top 10 Herbs For Your Kitchen:
Fresh parsley is much tastier than dried, and as such it’s a set-and-forget type of plant. There are so many uses for parsley – you can throw a chopped handful in everything from stews and soups to seafood and frittatas.
Its whispy and pungent leaves are great in herb butter, as well as being quite versatile in flavouring oils and salad dressings (giving an aniseed flavour). You can use them whole or grind them.
Store chives in an airtight jar. They are a great alternative to garlic bread (you can make chive bread) and you could even add freshly chopped chives to butter or margarine for a more distinctive taste.
Sage is one of the most fundamental ingredients for stuffing, so why not add it to breadcrumbs and melted butter for stuffing mushrooms, for example. Great for pasta and polenta dishes too.
Hang your rosemary by some string in the kitchen or any airy place to ensure it doesn’t lose too much flavour. Great for adding some sprigs on top of the baking tray: potatoes, fish or roasts.
A flavoursome herb with woody stems (which you can discard). The leaves are so fine they don’t need chopping, being one of the ingredients used in traditional French bouquet garni. One dish thyme particularly goes well in is tomato dishes.
A quintessential herb that also has many versatile uses, you could add it into your breakfast smoothies or sprinkle it on top of a lamb roast. Wait until you’re just about to use it before chopping the leaves as the edges turn back after a while. Also combines well with coriander or parsley in stir fry dishes.
One of the most popular herbs on the market, it can be seen in many dips at parties. It’s recommended to add basil to the cooking pot at the last minute as the flavour does diminish with cooking. Wrap basil in recipe-size portions for freezing in an air-tight container so you’ll have some even when it’s out of season.
Oregano and tomatoes are a great flavour match for homemade pizza and pasta sauce. Some prefer oregano dried as the flavour does mellow slightly. The herb does particularly well in the sunlight.
Like French cooking? Tarragon is a great herb in the kitchen garden. It has a strong flavour with a hint of aniseed, so use it sparingly. The long leaves are easily frozen. This herb goes great in chicken dishes and homemade creamy sauces, such as tartare sauce.
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