We as chefs understand that not everyone out there fully understands the greatness of our everyday herbs. Herbs create a delicious base for any dish and truly are a necessity. So for this blog post we are going to open your eyes to the great world of herbs.
When using thyme, this herb is super flavoursome and can really transform a meal. Thyme with anything mushrooms is always fantastic. Pan fried portobellini mushrooms with fresh thyme and garlic is a real breakfast treat. When making a Lamb or Beef roasts, pan fry some onions with thyme and place them under your roast, it is rather incredible how the flavour infuses into your protein of choice.
Good old rosemary, this hardy herb is great with chicken, whether its a roast or in a gravy going with your Sunday afternoon pie, it will give that extra flavour to wow anyone lucky enough to enjoy it. Rosemary is also useful when making a broth, it gives off a fresh and warm flavour. Rosemary has always reminded me of winter.
Basil, our Mediterranean friend. This herb you can never go wrong when using it with Mediterranean food. Whether its in a tomato, mozzarella and balsamic salad or freshly broken onto a tomato based pasta, this herb is all things Mediterranean!
Our Italian friend, Italian parsley. Even though its got Italian in its name, I wouldn't suggest adding it to just any old Italian dish. Parsley is great when you are wanting to freshen up a dish. This herb is awesome in summer salads but even better with any seafood. You can't go wrong with an Aglio Olio pasta with fresh prawns, lemon, garlic, fresh chilli and an oh so generous helping of chopped Italian parsley on a warm summers evening.
Dhania, cilantro and coriander, don't let all these names scare you. This strong flavoured herb can be the answer to any indian or asian dish that is lacking in flavour. This herb, besides just looking gorgeous, is that bang of flavour that heightens any curry. Finding your curry a bit hot? Add a healthy handful of chopped coriander and you are ready to go.
So now that we have hopefully opened your eyes on how to use these delicious herbs, we encourage you to go out and cook up a feast with some extra flavour.