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.
Basil, very good for fish, and vegetable dishes. I love basil in just about anything. Fresh basil and tomatoes make a great mix
Rosemary. I have this fresh and dried. I love to use it on meat, and in casseroles
Coriander. I think this is one of my favourite herbs. It smells lovely and again I love to use it casseroles and spaghetti bolagnaise.
Garlic. An essential herb that I use in spaghetti bolagnaise and pasta dishes.
Dill. I like dill in casseroles and vegetable dishes.
Thyme. Again in casseroles and pasta and also meat dishes
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.