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Herbs, Herbs and more Herbs…

Published August 31, 2010 by Mary Jane

Evening bloggy friends, well just letting you guys know I’ll try to update my blog on a daily basis but now I’ve started working – staring at the computer for close to 8 hours straight is making my peepers very sore 😦 Anyways, today is my mummy’s birthday..sniff sniff and it’s the first time I’m not able to spend the day with her..oh well, so I thought I’ll surprise her by sending some nice bunch of flowers but you know what happened? The flowers were delivered 2 days early, my mummy called and said thanks for the flowers? I’m like “what??, they are not suppose to deliver it that early!!” anyways, so I emailed the florist to find out what went wrong and then they replied and said we’ll deliver another bunch on the right day they apologized. I couldn’t believe it! Wow, mum rang me and told me she received another nice bunch of flower today – on her birthday! Hooray! I love happy endings.

Anyways, when I first arrived in Melbourne – I was so keen to improve my culinary skills that I went crazy with purchasing lots and lots of herbs. Now, it isn’t a problem if you used it all within a week. But my fridge was playing up with temperature – sometimes it’s so cold it freezes my vegies and sometimes it’s not cold enough that I think our ham is going to go off. So anyways, my herbs are starting to look a little miserable. So I thought to myself rather than throwing them away, I might as well find out how to keep my herbs longer. So there’s are a few ways, but the one that interested me the most is drying it naturally by placing the herbs in a well ventilated place until it dries up and the other method is freezing – so for my basil – I decided to freeze it.

Now sometimes I’ve got to admire my creativity or crazyzity if there’s such a word, it was hard trying to find a well ventilated place in our small apartment. So I found our laundry room and there’s a sink there and I’ll just ventilate it by opening the cupboard to let some air in. It’s perfect, I just tie the herbs onto the tab so it dangles from the tabs.

After a week or two the herbs are all dried – I tried out tarragon and rosemary and started stripping the leaves off.

and then box them into a container for later use…very happy with the result and our laundry is starting to smell like a herb garden hehehhe

then there was the freezing method for my basil, dip them in hot water and then dip them in icy water and then you can freeze them – pretty simple…

Now I don’t feel too bad buying all sorts of herbs 🙂


Day 7 – Jamie’s Cook Book Challenge – April’s rosemary straw potatoes with lemon salt

Published August 16, 2010 by Mary Jane

Okies, even though my feet are in pain – it didn’t stop me from conquering Jamie’s cook book challenge. Anyways, when I came across this recipe – I was really excited – one I love potatoes and two I love the herb rosemary. I’ve never knew how to make lemon salt – so that’s another new thing for me…here it is…



and then it was the fun of making lemon salt – I didn’t have the flavour shaker or pestle and mortar – so I had to improvise just use my spoon and crushed the lemon zest and salt so that it’s flavoured, coloured and fine. Then the next step is to slice up the potatoes into matchstick size.

Then it’s time to deep fry the matchstick size potatoes..that was fun, and wait Jamie said make sure you remove the pieces of potato before you begin and pat the potato matchsticks with some kitchen paper to remove an excess starch. That was useful information.

and then it’s time to fry those yummy rosemary…

Now it is soaking these goodies onto the paper towel…

and it’s plate up time, don’t forget to dust it with the lemon salt – and it’s delicious! Even the rosemary is crispy too 🙂

close up of rosemary straw potatoes

close up of rosemary straw potatoes