Sunday, May 2, 2010

Herbal, dude.

I was very excited when my parents came home with fresh herbs today. You know what that means—an herb garden. Yep, they’re potted and planted and ready to chop up and use by the masses. Yum. So, then I thought, as much as I love herbs, I don’t reallyknow what all of them work well for. I know I like cilantro with my Mexican, oregano on my pizza, rosemary on my potatos, but really, I can’t put an herb to a dish. Can you? So, here we go, a look into who does what, from my garden to yours.

 This makes me so happy!
Sweet Basil: aromatic and strong spicy flavor; great in tomato-flavored dishes. Totally necessary for pesto. Good with beans, cheese, chicken, eggs, fish, marinades, pasta, etc. Add it just before serving as it’s flavor diminishes quickly. Tear, don’t chop, this delicate herb!

Sweet Marjoram: has a mild oregano flavor with a hint of balsam;good  with veal, beef, lamb, roasted poultry, fish, pates, green veggies, carrots, cauliflower, eggplant, eggs, mushrooms, parsnips, potatoes, squash, and tomatoes.

Thai Basil: much stronger than Mediterranean basil, but used in Thai, Indian and Italian recipes. It’s good with eggplant, rice, poultry and seafood.

 Thyme: often included in seasoning blends for poultry and stuffing and also commonly used in fish sauces, chowders, and soups. It goes well with lamb and veal as well as in eggs, custards, and croquettes. Thyme often is paired with tomatoes.

 Curled Parsley: used as a garnish and also in soups, salads or most meats

 Dill: pickles!!! YUM. Very good in breads, soups, meats, salads and dips

 Chives: perfect in cheese dishes, or with eggs and fish; garnish in soups, salads, vegetable dishes. Best if fresh!

 Oregano (my favorite): use in tomato dishes, pizza, spaghetti sauce; in Greek, Italian, and Mexican dishes.

 Rosemary: use in rice dishes or Mediterranean food. Use to season lamb, beef, veal, poultry, soups and stews, potatoes, and breads such as rosemary focaccia.
 Tarragon: use to season veal, lamb, beef, poultry, seafood, eggs, salads, dressings, mushrooms, asparagus.

 Sage: don't use this much but fish, meats, poultry, salads, sausages, soups, stuffings 
 Aren't they purrty? Fresh. Mmm... Can't wait to see what comes out of this!


Ela said...

i've got dill, gotokula, mint, coriander, torragon, lemongrass, thai basil...
hmmmn, i love herbs..

Jessie -- The Messie Kitchen said...

Gotokula?! Never heard of it... sounds exotic!

Gwen said...

Yay for herbs! Great pics! I'm an herbaholic! you can check out my blog for some ideas if you want. I have a cute little kitchen herb garden and put them in everything.