26.7.11

The herbs like me and so I like them.





























These photos are of some flowering herbs in the garden right now; Thyme, Oregano, Borage and Fennel. These are some of my favourite plants. The garden soil tends to be boggy in spots and in the summer can also be very dry. This suits herbs very well. They seem to like me, grow happily and so I like them!

All herbs are great and I love turning them into interesting salad dressings, pestos and also salsa verde which is great for fish and meat. For the salad dressing add to your favourite olive oil, mustard, honey and some garlic. For the pesto blend with oil, lemon, garlic, pinenuts or pumpkin seeds, For the salsa verde just add lemon, oil, garlic, anchovies and/or capers and give the whole thing a whizz in a blender. Most combinations work and I think parsley is good as a base.

No I don't ever do quantities, I am such a lazy cook, and for that reason I am not normally a food blogger. I just get carried along by the fragrances and the character of the plants. They inspire and I follow!



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10 comments:

  1. You have all my faves there, we seem to use them in the same way too!

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  2. I've always thought herb gardens to be the most beautiful and interesting.

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  3. I am guilty of growing basil, and buying readymade pesto. It's the whizz in a blender bit that loses my interest ;~(

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  4. beautiful photos! and how sweet that you caught that little something buzzing by in the last one. "they inspire and i follow!" i like that!

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  5. You know I am a wooden spoon and one knife kitchen cook, so am reluctant about whizzers too. Have grown to love the small ones though, like the Magic Bullet, they whizz up tiny amounts, seeds, herbs, spices etc and now I wouldn't be without one!

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  6. Love the colors and textures and the bee's-eye-view closeness. The beautiful blue and funny design of the borage seen so close-- reminds me of Dr. Suess or Mars. We miss quite a lot just by being too tall!

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  7. What beautiful photos! Herbs are such a multi-use plant! From the beauty of the blooms to the use in the kitchen, they just can't be beat! Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed visiting your blog! Happy Gardening! Mindy

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  8. Gorgeous photos - I especially love the oregano and the fennel. I've never used borage and am looking forward to seeing more about how you use herbs.

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  9. You took some very beautiful images of herb flowers. I love herb gardens I think more for the flowers than for cooking, although I do cook with them. I never saw borage flowers before. I just love that color and form. It would probably not grow in my climate, but they look like poppies a bit before they open.

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  10. I started gardening with herbs - mint, oregano, rosemary, basil, and thyme. Also lemon balm, lavender, and St. John's Wort. They all do well and I've used some of them in cooking - but not a lot - I love them as much for their beauty and fragrance. I often cut them and put them in vases.

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