Fennel is an herb with a big crunch and strong aniseed flavour that some people find overpowering, but here at A Little Bit Food we love it! Fennel, both as a fresh herb or as a seed, can add unmistakeable flavour to all kinds of dishes, from salads and soups to stir fries and roasts. It's especially good alongside pork, lamb, fish, tomatoes, and eggs.
Spring is officially here and along with it comes longer days, warmer weather, and the arrival of some of our favourite herbs, including one you can easily find in the wild: wild garlic. It seemed an apt choice for our herb of the month as April is the time when wild garlic is at its prime. Here are a few top tips for making the most of it.
Sorrel is a perennial herb and one of the first plants to appear in the spring. You don't often find it in supermarkets but thankfully it grows abundantly in the wild so all of us can enjoy this marvellous herb for free! The most common types of sorrel in cooking are French (or Buckler) sorrel and wood sorrel. The leaves can be picked as early as February.
Rosemary, lemon and olive oil combine to create a sweet and savoury shortbread that are perfect with a cup of tea, but are equally delicious with a holiday cheeseboard or even as an herby biscuit to accompany ice cream. Crumbly, fragrant, and absolutely irresistible, these shortbread are also perfect for our vegan friends as they contain no butter.
Made with a whopping 10 eggs, this cauliflower cake is more like a cross between a cake and a fritatta. But never mind the name, this “cake” is spectacular. The idea comes from Yotom Ottolenghi - it takes a bit of effort but is well worth it. We love the heavy dose of fresh herbs, especially rosemary which really perks up the humble cauliflower. The result is delicious and the leftovers keep for days, making it perfect for packed lunches during the working week.
Rosemary adds warm earthy aromas to this classic Moroccan tagine with figs, cardamom, and cinnamon. This is our twist on the glorious lamb tagine recipe from Under the Shade of Olive Trees by Nadia Zerouali and Merijn Tol. We add cauliflower to ours along with the potato for extra veg - I'm sure other vegetables would work marvellously here, too.
Happy December! An exciting time of year, a time to curl up in front of a roaring fire with loved ones. A time when your garden goes to sleep. But this doesn’t mean your use of fresh herbs has to stop! There are lots of evergreen herbs that will thrive through the winter if protected from frost; Sage, Rosemary, Thyme and Lavender. Otherwise many will still flourish in a pot on a warm windowsill including oregano, chives, mint and parsley.