Posts Tagged ‘herbs’

Quick Tip : Freeze Fresh Ginger

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

We make plenty of curry pastes at home. Usually the amount of ginger needed can be quite small compared to what you have to buy in the shop. Solution? Freeze the rest. Further tip? Grate it when its frozen for best results.

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Grow Your Own

Monday, June 9th, 2008

It’s mid-June and the sun is shining, perfect for growing. However garden space is tight. I’ve often thought I’d like a place in the country and grow some ‘things’, I’m not green fingered so I’m not sure what type of ‘things’ I’d actually like to grow but the concept sort of appeals to me. The reality is the isolation of the countryside and associated taxi duties driving my kids to this and that would quickly get on my nerves so I think we’ll stay put for a while.

A few years back, during a trip to Woodies, I picked up a small oregano plant and a window box. I never intended to buy them, it was one of those trips where you go in to buy a light bulb and come out with a flat-pack wardrobe. I planted the oregeno and a week later it was still alive. Success! I had beaten my record for goldfish tending. I got brave and added thyme, coriander and rosemary to the mix and they grew in varing degrees. The first winter killed the coriander, the rosemary lasted a year or two and now the oregeno has taken over and is quite big. Only a tiny sprig of thyme remains in the original box surrounded by the ever expanding oregeno. I have since progressed to buying seeds online and have a nice collection of plant pots and window boxes growing herbs. We need more windowsills.

Judging by my own success basil, thyme, oregano and rosemary appear to be easy to grow. Mint is too but I’ll keep that aside as it’s like a weed, it grow almost anywhere. Do not plant this free in your garden, it will take over. The thyme is most widely used as lots of recipies call for thyme, all you need to do is make sure to water thyme, it appears to like water.

I grow basil indoors, in a window box facing south. All you need are seeds, some earth with a bit of compost (maybe half and half), a window box and a watering can. Plant your seeds and you should see them sprout in about a week. Keep the soil damp and they should continue to grow. This time of year it probably takes 4 to 6 weeks to fully mature and that’s that. Fantastic for pesto, making something with ingredients you grew yourself if a real buzz. Try it.

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