When Checkers launched their Little Garden campaign a few months ago, we fell in love with growing herbs. Easy, fun, tasty – what’s not to love about having fresh herbs on your windowsill? But you don’t have to stop at sprinkling chopped basil on your pasta. We found some delicious uses for fresh herbs.
Add a little sweetness
Make a batch of simple syrup to add some sweet flavour to drinks. We love mint syrup in sparkling water or lemonade, basil syrup in gin and tonics, and even a dash of rosemary syrup in coffee.
It’s easy to make. Simply put the herbs of your choice in a pot with equal parts of water and sugar and bring to the boil. Once it’s boiled, take it off the heat and leave to cool completely. Strain out the herbs and voila, you’re syrup is ready!
Herb salt is the perfect ingredient for rubbing on roast meat, sprinkling over veggies before they go in the oven or seasoning potatoes at the table. To make it, wash a big handful of fresh herbs and remove their stalks. You can either pulse this in a processor with a cup of sea salt, or chop it all up by hand. Pop it in a clean jar and store it in the fridge. Parsley is amazing, as is coriander. Once you start making your own combos, you won’t look back.
Up your salad game
Take your salad dressings to the next level with flavoured vinegars and oils. You don’t need to buy the fancy stuff; just add a few sprigs of your favourite herbs to either a bottle of extra virgin olive oil or vinegar. Simple green salads just got a flavour burst.
Fresh herb tea is an amazing pick-me-up, and it’s easy-peasy to make. Put herbs in a mug, pour boiling water over and leave it to steep for a few minutes. Fennel is refreshing for the mind and soothing for the tummy. Lavender is a great calmer and basil is invigorating. Experiment with the herbs you’re growing.