4 Herbs Every Cook Should Use More Often

Monday, July 10, 2017

Tags: Herbs

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Do you have a drawer full of herbs that have been sitting unopened for longer than you’d like to admit? Do you only pull them out when you’re treating family or friends to one of your specialty dishes?

If you answered ‘yes’ then may want to relook at the way you flavour your daily dishes. After all variety is the spice of life, and there’s no better way to add variety to your dishes than with a handful of hearty herbs. From seasoning a salad to spicing up a roast, herbs turn bland and boring meals into wonderfully tasty dishes. And these 4 herbs that we’re about discuss are definitely worth adding to your meals more often.

Rosemary

With needlelike leaves and a strong lemon-pine flavour, rosemary is known for its sharp taste and powerful aroma. Commonly paired with foods like lamb, pork, beef and roasted veggies, this fragrant herb will brighten up your meals and infuse them with Mediterranean flavour!

Franke’s recommended recipe: Jamie Oliver’s Roast Turkey

Basil

If you love Italian cuisine, then you’ll probably enjoy pairing this bold and peppery herb with your meals. Although tomato is probably the most classic pairing choice, this lively herb also works well with pasta, pizza, soup and salad.

Franke’s recommended recipe: Roasted Tomato & Basil Soup

Thyme

The slightly minty and earthy flavour of thyme blends beautifully with a wide variety of dishes. Whether you’re cooking fish, chicken or beef, this versatile herb is sure add depth of flavour to your chosen meal.

Franke’s recommended recipe: Mushroom & Leek Risotto

Oregano

 

Sweet but spicy, oregano is a real hit with Mediterranean, Mexican and Italian cuisine. Living up to its Greek name ‘joy of the mountain’ this hearty herb will add joy to many of your meals! Try sprinkling it over salads, or adding it to your pizza before cooking to bring out a wonderful variety of flavours.

Franke’s recommended recipe: Fresh Tomato Pizza With Oregano & Mozzarella

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