Monday, 24 April 2017

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

pretty blue flowers of the sage


One of the joys I get from my French home is the herb garden.  I just love picking and cooking with fresh herbs, it makes me feel quite bucolic when I go round snipping the different plants and dodging the bees.

Yesterday I made a sardine bruschetta with onion marmalade and a garlicky herb dressing.  The recipe called for a handful of parsley but both my parsley plants are looking rather sparse at the moment so I used a mixture of sage, chives, tarragon, lemon balm and lemon thyme.  It worked fine for the dressing.

spearmint grows everywhere
thyme



chives

 
Today I picked some chive flowers to sprinkle over our salad lunch.  It gives the salad a slight oniony flavour and looks pretty too.


20 comments:

  1. I pick sage every day and drink sage tea with lemon,i've never used it for cooking but i know a lot of people do.

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    1. I've never tried sage tea, I'll have to give it a go.

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  2. I love picking fresh herbs from the garden, my husband pruned my rosemary to death so I've had to start a new one this year, it's the herb I use the most. My sage was looking straggly so I got a new one of those too.

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    1. We've got three massive rosemary bushes, just can't stop them from growing here.

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  3. How pretty! And tasty too, I'll bet. :)

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    1. You're right, pretty and tasty.

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  4. It all look, and sounds delicious, but my husband would think I was trying to poison him if I served up such tasty fare !

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    1. Paul complains when I overdose on thyme, I love it and he doesn't.

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  5. We had a chicken and leek pie from Marks. I heated it up.

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    1. You could have sprinkled some dandelion over it...

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  6. Lovely photos. I also grow these herbs in pots on my balcony, but I never thought of using chive flowers in salads; what a pretty idea, Sue!
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. I'm just waiting for the warmer weather so I can plant some basil.

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  7. It certainly is delightful to pick at least some food ingredients from one's own garden. It helps to keep us in better touch with The Earth.

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  8. My chives are up but not flowering yet. Thanks for the tip - I will be snipping the flowers as soon as they appear.

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  9. I even love going through a garden centre / greenhouse and rubbing the various leaves of herbs to get an idea of what they would smell like. There are so many kinds of mint, for example!-Jenn

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    1. Our mint pops up everywhere, I should have kept it confined to a pot. We also have wild mint growing in the 'lawn'.

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  10. I grow quite a few herbs, but use very few. Rosemary gets regular use, as does Parsley, but not much else. At present I'm picking big bunches of Mint for drying.

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    1. Basil and thyme are my other two favourites.

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