Homemade herbs

There was a surprise waiting for me in the larder this morning – our very own dried herbs, in jars, ready to go!

I cut back the herb garden a few weeks ago, and Hubby suggested we dry the off cuts! It was such a fabulous idea and now we have bottled our labour of love… Well, he has!

The dried mint leaves provides an intense flavour for mint tea, and the aroma is so fragrant. Think I might make myself a cup now!

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On the menu!

We’ve been menu planning this morning, crafting dishes based on our very own harvest! And it’s so exciting!

Picking what you’ve grown is satisfying! The scissors seem extra sharp as they snip the stem of the artichokes, and the kale is so crisp it snaps away in one clean break. The shallots burst out of the ground and the mint waves in the wind as if to signal “Pick ME!”

For entree, I’ll boil the artichokes in salted water for 15 minutes, leaving around 5cm of the stem on. The stem cooks exactly like the heart. Hubby likes to sprinkle white wine vinegar over his for a flavour kick.

For main course, the kale, shallots and mint will make the base of a salad and we’ll add roasted beetroot and goats cheese, then top with some toasted hazelnuts.

In the meantime, I’m very happy to have these veggie beauties adorning our kitchen bench!

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