Herbs

Keeping Fresh Herbs

Pick the herbs early in the morning, wash and dry the excess water and keep in a cloth bag and refrigerate.  Or put in a salad spinner, work it, discard the water, and keep the herbs on it, they will last longer.

It has been raining for the past few days, and walking in the backyard was not very  pleasant, water was everywhere, however I managed to get some fresh herbs.  The mixed fresh herbs were wash, ready to keep for a week in a bag cloth and refrigerated.  I often do this, particularly if my cooking needs a lot of herbs.

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The bag cloth for keeping herbs, use cotton, calico or soft cheesecloth.  Other ways to store fresh herbs are inside salad spinner or place them in a vase as you would with fresh-cut flowers.

 

Using Herbs, we could do so much with herbs.  Use for cooking, garnishes, and add them to hot tea.  Drinking fresh water in a jug, is much fresher added with herbs and also mixed fresh fruits.

In my kitchen

Herbs for cooking culinary herbs
Lemon grass, kaffir lime leaf. coriander,  curly parsley, flat parsley, thyme, rosemary, mint, chives, oregano, sage, bay leaf, lovage, basil and more.

Herbs You Need

– For bouquet garni for stock preparation and  cooking ragu-and stew:  thyme, parsley, bay leaves. rosemary, and some leeks.  Wrap these herbs using the green leek for the wrapper, and tie with a string securely.

– Javanese cooking: coriander, lemon grass, kaffir lime leaf, salam leaf which are not easily grown in backyard garden.

Australian cooking: it is hard to say, but as traditional cooking – dampers and BBQ a few herbs are used, for savoury damper add some rosemary as well as for the BBQ meat.  I am sure fragrant fresh herbs from the bush can be added to the Australian cooking, (I may have to learn more about the bush herbs)

– Italian cooking: oregano, basil, flat parsley, sage, thyme, mints, bay leaf and rosemary, eight herbs which are commonly used for Italian cooking

– Greek cooking: oregano, mints, bay leaf, rosemary, and basil, but mints and rosemary are the predominantly used in Greek cuisine.

– French cooking: tarragon, thyme, rosemary, bay leaf, flat parsley.  Roast chicken with French tarragon is very famous dish of French cuisine .

– Spanish cooking: rosemary, parsley, bay leaf and saffron.

Herbs for garnishes: The dishes always look better if they are added with fresh herbs as garnishes.  Herbs and edible flower for the best garnishes are fennel leaves, mints, and parsley, nasturtium flower, thyme,  sage flowers and also rose petals.

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Nasturtium flowers and mixed fresh herbs

The good rains made the garden look fresh, and the vegetable patch is so good, the herbs and the greens are looking well, they are flourishing and the Swiss chard are so leafy.  The potted herbs don’t need much care, the soil is moist and wet.

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Freshly cut Swiss chard and nasturtium flowers

Vegetable and ricotta pie is going to be cooking for the day, to make the best of the fresh vegetables, now it is time to pick them.

 

Thinking of you girls, Mel, Jane and Susan, I am sure you know what you do with fresh herbs.  xx

 

Until Next Post

Susi

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Orchids and Potted Plants

Cymbidium Orchids

Five cymbidium orchids have a lot of buds, soon they will open to full bloom.   Unfortunately the Dendrobium orchids-the Australian native orchids are not flowering this year.

Cymbidium orchid with buds
Cymbidium orchid with buds
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Cymbidium with one spike, the first flowering orchid.
Sarah Jane, a cascading cymbidium
Sarah Jane, a cascading cymbidium
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Budding Cymbidiug
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A stem cymbidium with eighteen buds

Potted plants in the garden.

Bird Nest Fern
Bird Nest Fern
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Gardenia is in flower
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Ficus Benjamina
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Beautiful colour leaves in winter for
this potted maple tree

It is good to have mild winter here in Australia.

I enjoy to work outside in my backyard, and also I am pleased of having potted plants which are very healthy and looking good at the moment.

 

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Hot Pink Cyclamen
Hot Pink Cyclamen
Pink Cyclamen
Pink Cyclamen
Pink Cyclamen
Pink Cyclamen

Potted Herbs

They are healthy and looking good, soon they will have their rest during the winter, and are coming back in spring.

Rosemary
Rosemary
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Thyme
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Hot Oregano

Looking through my kitchen window, I enjoy the beauty of these potted plants, also not too far away these herbs are easily  picked for my cooking.

The  advantage of having potted plants is that you can move them around as you like,  but you have to give  special care such as watering and fertilising regularly.

In the family room a potted cymbidium is flowering, some of the buds started to open, and in the kitchen hot soup is cooking away.

 

Green Flower of Cymbidium
Green Flower of Cymbidium

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Winter Soup Celery and Potato Soup garnished with bay leaf powder.
Winter Soup
Celery and Potato Soup
garnished with bay leaf powder.

In winter my family love hot soup.  I made the best of my potted herbs, used some of them  for cooking the soup.  A snap shot for the first winter soup,  celery and potato soup with fresh mixed herbs.

Recipes for winter soups are coming soon.

Until Next Post

Susi