The theme for this South Arm Women Community Kitchen is how to use fresh herbs to flavour our food.
Michelle shared the above guide from Cooksmart.com on how to use different herbs for different produce/protein and how to store the herbs. You can click on the guide to have a larger view.
Do you know the best way to store fresh basil is in a jar filled with some water on the countertop. They will last for 7 to 10 days.
The above Traditional Tuscan Soup uses rosemary and sage for flavouring. Typically, dried herbs have a more concentrated flavour. so use 1/3 of the fresh amount called for. Or, 3 times the amount to convert from dried to fresh herbs.
Dried herbs require a longer cooking time, whereas fresh herbs are typically added near the end of the cooking.
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 carrot, diced
- 1 stick celery, diced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon dry rosemary
- 3 to 4 sage leaves
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup tomato puree
- 10 oz (300 grams) cooked pinto beans
- 1 1/2 cups pearled farro (or soaked overnight; wheat, spelt or barley grains would work here but require longer cooking time)
- 4 cups broth (vegetable or chicken)
- Parmesan cheese, optional
Source: Pedon Farro