The nights are drawing in and the winter months are upon us, bringing with it plunging temperatures, icy cold winds, and snow (if we’re lucky!) not forgetting … the dreaded cold weather ailments!Unfortunately, most of us will succumb at some point over the winter season to having a cough, cold, sore throat or the flu. Once one of these ailments takes hold, none of us is too happy are we? After all, it’s a busy time of the year and we don’t have time to be poorly and we certainly don’t want to miss out on any festivities that are going on, especially around Christmas.
Whether its spring, summer, autumn or winter, pizza is one food which many people enjoy whatever time of year. It's no wonder that it is one of the most well-known and popular foods in a lot of countries around the world. After all, who doesn't just love the scrumptious, mouth-watering taste of fresh homemade pizza when it's just come out of the oven?
Step back in the time of mysteries and evil spirits, magic potions and mythical monsters, gods and goddesses and some truly bizarre myths. Stories that once upon a time were believed to be true! None more so than the many stories about the uses of our humble herbs and the importance of how they featured in peoples day to day lives.
For most of us who grow our own humble herbs we have some understanding of which herbs complement each other, and when to use together. Also which herbs complement different foods, to bring out their best flavours. It’s mostly through trial and error, but that’s not a bad thing as we all have different taste buds and it is “each to your own taste” after all!
If you’re thinking of starting your own herb garden, you’ll soon find that the rewards are far greater than with any other plants due to the versatile nature that they possess. There are so many herbs to choose from but the one herb you just have to have in your herb garden is the beautiful aromatic basil.
So many of us enjoy watching ‘celebrity’ cooking programmes. They make the recipes look so simple and tasty. I’ve noticed that one of the reasons for this is the one ingredient they never fail to use and that’s the versatile, aromatic, taste-bursting, magnificent yet humble... ‘HERB’.