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Herbs – LandGirl

Herbs

Lettuce and Pea Soup

This is a lovely light summer soup - a less gutsy version of its winter relative - Pea and Ham Soup. I t's also a great way to use up a glut of lettuce as they start to bolt - or use the outer leaves and keep...

Minty Fresh

Mint is such a lovely herb to have in the garden but don't, whatever you do, plant it in the ground.  It is unscrupulously rampant and will completely choke a herb garden. I have mine in pots where I can keep...

Herbal Hedges

The herb garden has a lovely neat lavender border along its west side, and a chaotic, messy hyssop border at the southern end. I have persevered with the hyssop for two years now – partly because I raised the...

Tricolore!

The first tomato and basil harvest is always hungrily awaited in our household. I t's a watershed moment in the calendar when I source the best quality mozzarella cheese I can find and make the simplest of Tr...
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Purple Basil Martini

I had my first basil martini on my honeymoon in Vietnam (sorry – blatant place-drop there) and the herby hint was subtle but delicious. T he purple basil works particularly well because it gives the cocktail ...

Herbs

I’ve had to abandon growing leafy annual herbs like basil, chervil and dill in the herb garden because the soil is too poor.   It’s fine for the tough Mediterranean plants but even with additional top so...

Courgette and Caraway Muffins

Caraway seeds have a very pungent, fresh taste which should be used sparingly in cooking! T he plant is biennial and related to the carrot. The leaves are very similar: delicate and feathery, and it ha...

Lemon and Lavender Drizzle Cake

W hile Lemon Drizzle is a classic – the addition of lavender elevates it to a new level. Not too much lavender mind or it will smell and taste like cheap soap… What you'll need 250g softened butter 250...