Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme! And oregano, coriander, and basil!

I thought I would share with you my ‘go to’ herbs; my favourite herbs that I use whether cooking slow-cooked beef,  crispy/pulled pork belly,  succulent roast chicken, throwing together a fresh salad or just using herbs as a garnish.

Bay leaves, mint, coriander and seed-sown parsley!
Mint parsley


When you match a herb with your ingredients  it just enhances your eating experience:

Tomatoes - with olive oil, basil , himalayan salt and freshly ground pepper!

  •  tomato and basil (adding Himalayan salt, olive oil, freshly ground pepper!)
  • chicken, roasted with a good handful of thyme placed across and inside (with a lemon squeezed over the skin, and stuffed inside; garlic placed between the skin and flesh, sprinkled with salt and lightly drizzled with oil)
  • whole fish stuffed with dill, thyme (an onion, thin slices of lemon, pepper and salt)
  • curry ‘anything’ with coriander sprinkled over
  • parsley accompanies almost any savoury food; used as a garnish or chopped finely in a chicken pasta! Remember to get the best out of parsley, add it at the very end of cooking
  • slow-cooked beef with sage (placing the beef on top of a base of carrots, celery, red onions and other herbs such as thyme, rosemary and oregano)


A mix of sage, rosemary, thyme plus red onions, celery and carrots
A bed of sage, rosemary, thyme with red onions, celery and carrots – ready for beef to be placed and slow-cooked in the oven



Yum, just great for soup base or spag. bol tomato mix!
Tomatoes and herbs from our garden!

Don’t forget some of these ones too:
Tumeric – with poultry, egg dishes, pickles and of course rice dishes
Ginger – sprinkled on chicken nibbles with garlic; with beef, lamb, pork in fact just about every protein there is! A must have in any oriental cooking!
Bay Leaf – in soups like pea and ham; with slow-cooked dishes like corned beef, and in marinades
Garlic – with potatoes, meats and chicken, tossed in with scallops, just for a few minutes! I use garlic in just about everything I can
Plus all of the above herbs I have mentioned – rosemary, parsley, oregano, mint etc

Enjoy and add flavour. You don’t need expensive cuts of meat when you can add herbs and spices to your food. The same goes if you are a vegetarian – just mix it up a little and you’ll be surprised!

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