Spice And All Things Nice (Part 3)


What’s in a herb?

Herbs are the fragrant leaves and stems of plants. Whether dry or fresh, herbs are a healthy option for enhancing the flavour of a wide variety of foods and beverages. Herbs can also help you reduce the need for salt and fat in your dishes. Many herbs such as mint and thyme make for great tea infusions. Fresh herbs last in the refrigerator for a relatively short time. Dry herbs can be stored for much longer.

Do you grow any of your own fresh herbs?

This versatile herb is one of my favourite and is really easy to grow too …


Dried rosemary tends to disintegrate after imparting its flavour, so you are not left with chewy bits of rosemary leaves in your dish. Fresh rosemary can be used, but remove the leaves before serving. Rosemary is easy to dry; just hang the sprigs upside down until they have completely dried.

Rosemary enhances the flavour of many types of meat, including lamb, pork and chicken. Simply place a few sprigs of fresh rosemary or sprinkle dried rosemary on top of the meat before roasting. A few sprigs of rosemary placed in the roasting dish with a medley of vegetables  and garlic will really boost their flavours.

Awesome Rosemary Dressing Recipe (From Mathew at Fresh Earth)

Honey, Walnut and Rosemary dressing: Blend all these ingredients until smooth:

½ cup fresh rosemary

¼ cup honey

½ cup water

¼ cup lemon juice

½ cup olive oil

½ cup walnuts

1 tsp salt

This dressing is great for salads, dips, spreads or even with vegetables. It also freezes well.

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