Free herbs

28 Aug

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Everyone likes free shit and with the aid of this post I expect you to be out foraging some awesome herbs.

My favourite herb is Bay, not the dried stuff you buy from the spice section in your supermarket but FRESH BAY. Bay is what is know in the trade as an aromat or aromatic herb used to flavour soups, sauces and stocks. Most commonly used as part of a bouquet garni, which is thyme, parsley stalks, 5 whole peppercorns and a couple of bay leaves.

Bay is a laurel bush and is evergreen and like most herbs is very hardy if grow in the right environment. In my last three flats a bay tree has always been close by and as it is common you might even have it in your garden and not know it. The way I recognise herbs is by smell and all I do is pick a leaf and crunch it between my thumb and forefinger, if it smells like pasta sauce, then that’s bay. If you still do not feel confident go to a good green grocer and ask for bay and accustom yourself to it.

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Simple pasta sauce recipe serves 2

Ingredients
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
2 fresh bay leafs
1 small chilli
1 sprig of rosemary
1 bulb of garlic chopped in half
2 teaspoons of sugar
Salt and pepper
A slug of good olive oil

Put all the ingredients into a heavy based saucepan and boil the the shit out of them for at least half an hour, stir quiet a lot to prevent the sauce sticking to the bottom. Taste! the idea is you are cooking the water out of the tomatoes and heightening their tomatoiness. Once you are satisfied pass through a sieve using a ladle so you squash the chilli and garlic essence through into the sauce and get rid of the herb and bits and your sauce is finished.

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