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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Herbal Bouquet Garni

If frost is in the forecast, start clipping your herbs and make a cluster of Bouquet Garni.

Bouquet garni are bundles of herbs tied together with string or raffia. They can be used fresh or dried. And because they are tied, you pop them into your favorite soup, stews, gravies, etc., then remove the bundles once they've done their job spreading their flavors. Here's how to do it.

Cut stems of your favorite herbs. Typically bouquet garnis consist of parsley, thyme and bay. However create your own. Depending on the type of cooking you do will determine the types of herbs you will combine. (My kids don't like "green things" in their spaghetti sauce - so I tied bouquets of oregano, basil, Italian parsley and a bay leaf. I still got the great flavor without leaving behind the "green stuff").

For the traditional Bouquet Garni - Tie together 4-6 stems of parsley, 2-3 sprigs of thyme and a bay leaf. Either use fresh or hang to dry. When needed either hang or drop bundle into pot. Discard after cooking.

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Until next time,
Keep those hands dirty!



At 12:06 AM, Blogger indianpedi said...

We use our herbs in the same way, tied and immersed in stews, soups and curries.
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At 11:56 AM, Blogger m said...

Bless you m'Darlin' ~ this brought back my Nana's cottage herb-bundled 'n smells of heaven! She had a hand in starting the Herb Garden out at the Arb in Chaska; a playground in which I spent hours running around. All winter her herbs would hang drying in the windows of her sunporch or kitchen; she'd grab a smidge of this 'n that while cooking. I've never managed to grow them like she did, but a visit to the Arb, to sit on her bench (Grace Dill Hanson) rain or shine is always such a treat for me.

Love SEASONS kid! ...and in my neighborhood the answer to "where are the kids" is ... out on the snow mountain the plows leave in my court, or in my yard carting off piles of fall leaves from MY trees (to jump in over in their yards) or chalkin' up my driveway with art work only the rain can dismiss. Open your heart to the kids around you Reb! They'll come! (^_^) *m


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