In wildness is the preservation of the world – Thoreau
Savory Mint Tabbouleh: bulgur wheat or quinoa salad. With cilantro as a dressing for salad (or squid salad- my personal favorite). Mixed with lamb and rice and rolled into grape leaves for dolmades. Watermelon salad- with feta and kalamata olives
Lemon Balm The best thing I’ve found to make with lemon balm is this cool drink with an amazing after taste. Simply wash the lemon balm and then twist it in your hands to release it’s oils. Put it into a pitcher and cover with a lot of ice cubes. Add a little water and let it sit for 10 minutes. Drink it with ice. I also add lemon balm water to my iced tea, kombucha, and white wine. If you have any old-world/tea rose petals– add them to the water too. Oh my! It’s transporting!
Peppermint Try making some fresh mint tea. It’s like a cousin of dried-mint-in-a-bag tea– a distant cousin. Here’s what you do. Boil some water. Let it sit 2-5 minutes after boiling. Wash 4-5 sprigs of mint– twist them in your hands and put them into your teapot. Add the hot water and put a lid on it– the lid is important because the steam can carry away the mint oil you want to keep. Steep for 4-5 minutes. You can add honey and milk. Or a little black tea and sugar for Moroccan mint tea (the way James drinks it). Peppermint tea is also excellent mixed with sprigs of lavender.
Cilantro Mexican style: salsa, burritos Curry! Add to warm curries- turmeric and cilantro are amazing together. Thai soups
Lovage A wonderful celery substitute in soups, stews and casseroles.
Bronze Fennel Add to cold water for a licorice flavor In a salad with walnuts, dried fruit, and greens With fish
Sage Cooked in butter and poured onto warm pasta White bean soup: add sage to beans, greens, and a soup base.
Dill With fish: limitless options. Amazing with capers on smoked salmon. Carrot pickles: carrots, dill, garlic, vinegar and water in jar in the fridge Tsatsiki dressing: with yogurt, garlic and cucumber
Oregano Tomato sauce on pasta and pizza Minestrone soup Tomato and Greek salad Lamb meat balls: with mint, onion, and garlic
Flat Italian Parsley Great with green salad, mixed into rice or quinoa Make a salad with parsley, left-over chicken, and toasted almonds
Basil Pesto Tomato, basil, mozzarella combinations In a cucumber salad