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Le petit jardin

Who knew, a small garden would have a harvest and so soon?
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What to do with herbs from the garden? 

I planted all kinds of herbs for future harvest.  What I did not plan on was varying temperatures, rain
and humidity and different times for picking. 

 
From addoway
We finally survived the ultimate heat wave here in the Northeast.  Bringing the heat wave to an end was another massive downpour with rain coming down so fast, there was wide spread flooding.  Flood waters permeated into the ground really fast within 15 minutes.  This picture was about 15 minutes after the rain subsided.  I had to put the battery in the camera, took a picture and uploaded it.  The picture didn’t come out, so took another one.  This was in the span of around fifteen minutes.  The water you see in the photo image is about half of what it was by the time I took the shot. 
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From addoway

I picked a lot of cherry tomatoes and they are good, starting to get the pickling cucumbers, they seem to be just starting to form a wave in this harvest.

But, the herbs.  I bought too many and I started some from seed also.  Now, I don’t know what to do with them.  I’m bringing these to some friends tomorrow along with some cherry tomatoes and cukes.

The big tomatoes are just starting to ripen, so think by maybe next weekend, I’ll have a little crop. I'll make stewed tomatoes, sauce and chili sauce (recipe here) fromo an old heirloom recipe. 

I think I'm going to dry some and the rest will be herbal vinegar.  There's a recipe in the Ball complete Book of Home Preserving. for mixed dried herb vinegar that uses oregano and basil, so I think I'll make that for Christmas gifts.  I also found a recipe for Cranberry Orange vinegar which I'll make using fresh cranberries that I froze during the winter. 

Lemon Verbena – what should I use it for?
This is an old article from the New York Times Lemon Verbena
Apparently, I can make ice cream, sorbet, syrup and even soap using this fragrant herb.  It’s delightful to touch and breathe in the aroma.  It can be used dried in place of lemon zest and also of course in potpourri.  Lemon Verbena aroma has a long shelf life.


The next herb is Peppermint, which is extremely versatile.   I can use this for tea, mouthwash, mint jelly and kind of a good for everything herb.  
Basil, oh Basil Of course excellent accompaniment to fresh garden tomatoes and mozzarella, good for making pesto .
Good resource for making Basil Oil is here.
And lastly, pictured here is Italian Oregano. 
 
Related articles on gardening and food:

http://www.addoway.com/RoyalPresence/blog/b/What-is-Slow-Food
 
http://www.addoway.com/RoyalPresence/blog/b/Cooking-for-Two-slow-food-
 
http://oldenewenglandrecipes.blogspot.com/2012/07/fruits-of-season-in-small-garden.html
 
http://www.addoway.com/RoyalPresence/blog/b/Recipes-for-cooking-lobster-Maine-lobstah



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Donna's Stuff & More
Donna's Stuff & More | July 23rd 2012 at 1343084156

Paula - if you don't want to dry the herbs, try this http://www.bhg.com/recipes/how-to/food-storage-safety/freezing-herbs/. I bet they would be more like fresh for cooking! ;-D
Royal Presence
Royal Presence | July 23rd 2012 at 1343085024

Thanks, Donna. I am experiment with freezing and put some in parchment paper, then a plastic bag. I haven't taken them out yet to use. I'm enjoying the experimentation and appreciate any helpful tips you have :-)
LouieTheSeller
LouieTheSeller | July 25th 2012 at 1343233058

LouieTheSeller doesn't have a green thumb or a backyard...lol
Royal Presence
Royal Presence | July 25th 2012 at 1343251878

Louie :-)

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