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“Seasonal herbs for freezing”

“Seasonal Herbs for freezing”

“Traditional Home Book of Herbs” by Michael Janulewicz

It is suggested to package herbs in smaller quantities than you would with vegetables.   It is even suggested to put herbs into ice trays.

Don’t forget to date the package for freezing herbs.

Tarragon, Lovage, Fennel, Chervil, Chives, Dill, Basil, Marjoram, Mint, Sorrel, Marjoram & Parsley

Butterfly Botanical Baths – Bath Blends, Bulk Herbal & Floral, Fragrance For Women

Butterfly Botanical Baths – Bath Blends, Bulk Herbal & Floral, Fragrance For Women.

Southern France wrapped herbs for omelettes or herb sauces

“Fines Herbes” – combination of chervil, parsley, chives and tarragon, used in cuisine’s in France.  Southern France bumps it up a notch with saffron, oregano, basil, fennel, sage and often a truffle (chopped) is added.   These are often used in a herb sauce.

     (Resource – “A Culinary Guide to Herbs, Spices and Flavourings”)

    by “Arabella Boxer, Jocasta Innes, Charlotte Parry-Crooke, Lewis Esson”

Wrapped Bouquet for soups

“Bouquet Garni” – 3 sprigs of parsley, 1 sprig of thyme, 1 bay leaf, wrapped (cheese cloth or muslin) and tied, sometimes celery is with this combination.  Remove after cooking soup.   Sometime fennel or garlic is also used.

     (Resource – “A Culinary Guide to Herbs, Spices and Flavourings”)

    by “Arabella Boxer, Jocasta Innes, Charlotte Parry-Crooke, Lewis Esson”

Recipe – “Chilled Tomato Soup”

“Chilled Tomato Soup”

“A Culinary Guide to Herbs, Spices and Flavourings”

by “Arabella Boxer, Jocasta Innes, Charlotte Parry-Crooke, Lewis Esson”


1          2 lb. tomatoes, skinned and quartered

1          pint cold chicken stock


Freshly ground black pepper

1-1/2   tablespoon tomato puree (optional)

3          tablespoons orange juice

3          tablespoons orange juice

3          tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger root


To Garnish

1          bunch spring onions, cut into very tin 1 inch strips

2          tablespoons salad burnet leaves


Preparation time:        10 minutes, plus chilling

Cooking time:              35 minutes


The addition of orange juice and ginger lends extra zest to this beautifully colored soup which is best made in mid-summer when ripe fresh tomatoes are available.  Tomato puree should be added only if you feel the tomatoes used are lacking in flavour.


1.         Put the tomatoes into a large saucepan and pour in the stock.  – Season to taste with salt and pepper, and add the sugar.  Bring slowly to the boil, then lower the heat, half-cover the pan and simmer for 20 minutes.  Remove from the heat and leave to cool.

2.         Pass the tomatoes with the liquid and the tomato puree’(if using) through a medium food mill, or work briefly in a food processor or electric blender and strain through a coarse sieve.

3.         Pour the soup into a bowl and stir in the orange juice and ginger.  Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours or overnight.

4.         Prepare the garnish just before serving.  Pout the soup into chilled bowls, scatter the spring onions and salad burnet over the surface and serve.


Dessert Recipe

Mexican Fruit Dessert

by Better Crocker’s WWC


3            oranges, pared and sectioned

3            banana’s, sliced

1            pint strawberries, cut into halves

1/4        cup coffee-flavoured liquer

1            cup whipped cream

1/          cup powdered sugar

Ground cinnamon


Toss oranges, bananas and strawberries with liquer in 2-quart bowl.

Beat whipping cream and powdered sugar in chilled 1-quart bowl until stiff.

Spread over fruit; sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve immediately. Serves 6.

“Homemade Parsley Wine”

“Homemade Parsley Wine”
“Traditional Home Book of Herbs” by Michael Janulewicz
1     lb. (450 g.) fresh parsley
2     lb. (900 g.) sugar
1     gallon (5 L.) of water
Teaspoon of all-purposed yeast
4     oz. (125 g.) raisins
Rind and juice of 2 lemons and 2 oranges
*Boil parsley and fruit peelings for 20 minutes, stain and stir in chopped raisins and sugar.  Allow to cool and add fruit juice and yeast.  Ferment until ready.

Recipe – “Tomato and Basil Salad”

“A Culinary Guide to Herbs, Spices and Flavorings”
By Arabella Boxer, Jocasta Innes, Charlotte Parry-Crooke and Lewis Esson
1-1/2         large ripe tomatoes, sliced
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2            teaspoon sugar
3                Tablespoons olive oil
1                Tablespoon white wine vinegar
2                Tablespoons fresh basil, cut into thin strips
1                sprig basil, to garnish
*Arrange the tomato slices neatly overlapping on a large flat serving dish.   Season with plenty of pepper and sprinkle over with the sugar.
**Combine the oil and vinegar and spoon evenly over the tomatoes.  Leave to stand for 1 hour.  Just before serving, scatter the basil over the tomatoes. 
Serve garnished with basil sprig.
Prep – 10 minutes

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