Wednesday, 16 February 2011


Herbs For Cooking

I have been wanting to do a cooking blog for sometime now but never really got round to it.  That is about to change.  Today 16th Febuary 2010 I am going to start.  I have grown up with cooking.  My dad was a chef and he had his own restaurant in Spain where he lived for some time.  Keith Floyd used to go to his restaurant.  I always used to be in the kitchen with my dad but I never took an active roll in cooking until after he died.  Isnt that always the way?  I did a hotel and catering course but even then it wasnt until my Fiance and I got our own house 3 years ago that I started cooking.  I discovered I loved cooking and baking also.  I feel that my dad is close when in the kitchen especially when cooking my favourite meal Spaghetti Bolognaise.  Yum.  Today I am going to go over some of the herbs that I use.  I love to use herbs and have a nice collection building up.  I also have a few fresh ones growing in my garden.

  1. Basil, very good for fish, and vegetable dishes.  I love basil in just about anything.  Fresh basil and tomatoes make a great mix

  2. Rosemary.  I have this fresh and dried.  I love to use it on meat, and in casseroles

  3. Coriander.  I think this is one of my favourite herbs.  It smells lovely and again I love to use it casseroles and spaghetti bolagnaise.

  4. Garlic.  An essential herb that I use in spaghetti bolagnaise and pasta dishes.

  5. Dill.  I like dill in casseroles and vegetable dishes.

  6. Thyme. Again in casseroles and pasta and also meat dishes

  7. mixed spice.  A great general herb mix
Sea salt and Pepper.  I add these into almost anything but only lightly.

I am very intuitive with my use of herbs.  I dont tend to measure exactly the amount I need.  I taste to see if I have enough or need more.  Remember to add herbs little by little.  It's easy to put them in but not so easy to take them out. 


  1. Great blog!!! I am not a very good cook, but maybe if I follow your blog I will get better:) Love the story about your Dad and feeling close to him when you cook. Dads are the best!

  2. hi sara! your dad would be so happy for you... for your love of cooking & sharing it with the world. (o: thanks for the helpful info about herbs! i like the sweet picture of the kitty (at the top of your page) getting ready to help in the kitchen! thanks for stopping by my blog, sara... and have a great day!

  3. Hi Sara! Thank you so much for visiting me for my first Pink Saturday blog. I have a little herb garden just outside my back porch. It is truly "my pet". Nothing like stepping outside and snipping an herb to add to my cooking. Just tonight I was sniffing my lemon thyme and just enjoying it's fabulous scent! Good luck with all of your cooking creations!!

    Susan and Bentley

  4. Nice to meet you Sara! Basil is my most favorite herb of all!! I love it with pasta,and tomatoes!! YUMM!!

  5. I'm with Sandi! I love fresh Basil! I could put it in everything, but really love it in just a tomato, basil, mozzarella salad. Sprinkle with GOOD olive oil, s & p and voila!
    But then there are the bazillion of pasta dishes that you just must have basil for.
    You know what i love to do with fresh Rosemary? In the winter, cut a fresh bundle and add it to the fire in the fireplace. the WHOLE house smells WONDERFUL!
    MY other favorite herb is cilantro (coriander). I put it in anything Mexican! Salsa, on the meat as I am cooking them for tacos or whatever, and in salads. YUMMY!
    So how was the wedding? PICTURES GIRL!!!! I want to see!
    :) Karen ~ Some days are diamonds

  6. Sara,I am following you back! I just made some dill rolls today that I will post soon, hope I don't eat the whole batch! I have been wanting to since my dill is going crazy in the garden and it has cooled down with a little cloudy weather so today was the day.

    I also have been making some herbed olive oils that I am going to post too. Unfortunately, my brain runs faster than days to post! I made a garlic basil olive oil that was incredible on crusty bread. I think basil and rosemary are my all time favorites. So nice to meet you. Come visit again soon.

  7. Super lovely post!! Beautiful!!
    Lovely to meet you! and thanks for visiting me!
    Have a sparkling night

  8. I Love your post..I personally needed to know what herbs go with what foods...Thanks so much.
    Thank you so much for your comment on my blog.
    I will see more of you soon.

  9.'s Genie...and I wish I was in the Ubited Kingdom instead of VA...ah...such is life! Love your blog and am now a follower. Any British gal who loves to cook while listening to classical music is my kind of lass. Thanks for the visit, and please come back to see me. XOXOXO Genie

  10. Oh, I love the idea of a cooking blog. You live in such a charming part of the world. Such a great and interesting post.


  11. LOVELY Blog you have :)
    and do not miss




    WELCOME :)
    Håkan ( The Roseman)

  12. Hi Sara thanks for the visit! and I'm looking forward to you sharing your cooking know how. I like your run down on the spices. TFS!!!

  13. I love this post and I love herbs. Thank you so much for the follow. It is a pleasure to meet you. Mina