Do you like using herbs in your cooking?

@UK_Shree (3604)
May 5, 2009 3:24pm CST
I know I do! Some of my all-time favourite herbs include basil, chives, mint and parsley. The herb that I tend to use in almost every single dish I prepare is coriander however! Fresh coriandor has an absolute divine smell.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
5 May 09
I just learned that the root of the coriander has a wonderful flavor and is used in Thai cooking. I grow my own so I am going to plant a lot so I can use the roots.
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@UK_Shree (3604)
5 May 09
I did not know that so thanks a lot for sharing that information with me! We grow coriander at home too and now that I know about the root I will be giving this a go too. I know that mother has often used even the flower which has a rather interesting flavour also.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
6 May 09
hi shree, i have never used coriander. i use alot of spices in my cooking. oregano is one of my faves.
@UK_Shree (3604)
6 May 09
Any particular reason for not using coriander? I find that coriander is very complimentary to spicy foods.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
6 May 09
no reason, just am not famaliar w/it . i like spicy foods. i'm sure it is a good one but i have just never used it. i'm going to look & see if they have it in the grocery here. i have never noticed but that doesn't mean anything, lol.
@UK_Shree (3604)
6 May 09
I do think you should give it a go too. If you can't find it ask a member of staff to help you find it - I don't think you should miss out!
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@nancyrowina (3850)
5 May 09
I like to use herbs and am actually growing some Basil this year for the first time, I use Coriander a lot too but have never used fresh, I should try and grow some of that too. I also use mixed herbs in a lot of things which is a bit of a cheat really but works, and also parsley that's essential.
@UK_Shree (3604)
5 May 09
Not cheating in my opinion - mixing herbs can often add a whole lot of delight to certain dishes if you ask me! Fresh coriander is amazing so I do recommend you grow some and it is not too hard to grow either so that's a bonus. It would be interesting to know how difficult it is to grow basil, we've never tried that before. Thanks for the response.
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5 May 09
So far the seeds have come up easily, I got them free with a gardening magazine which was a bonus. I haven't put any outside yet though so I don't know how hardy it is yet.
@UK_Shree (3604)
5 May 09
I'd be interested to know how you get on with that. Might put some in myself into the garden - as long as it isn't too late.
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• Philippines
10 Jul 09
I love herbs and I stuff all my roasting all sort of meat and fish with my favorite herbs. I like lemon grass to stuff inside the belly of chicken and the whole pork roast. The best things is to cook it slowly and you can see the juicy meat dripping with flavor juice. And, the smell is very tempting it can make you hungry upon smelling it. I even cook meat in banana leaves or in aluminum foil in a charcoal oven. The fish belly is also stuff with lemon grass and salt. It gives an aromatic flavor and marinated the meat at the same time. Other herbs I used is the Chinese herbs and a mix of Indian herbs. Such as curry powder, yellow ginger or turmeric, sichuan peppercorn, anise seeds, garlic chives, the sibot or tungkoy, and fermented mustard or in our local dialect is called-burong mustasa. I mix it as my other ingredients in cooking to serve as my appetizer. Especially, the fermented mustard is cook with a mixture of crunchy meat with scrambled eggs. I also used pandan leaves in cooking steam rice, it gives a sweet smell to coked rice. I love all the herbs not just the flavors it bring to the food but also the healthful benefits one can get in eating food spice with herbs.
@UK_Shree (3604)
11 Jul 09
You sure do sound like a very creative cook!
@dragon54u (31663)
• United States
6 May 09
I have a recipe somewhere for Oriental Spaghetti that uses about 1/4 cup of coriander--which is just dried cilantro but tastes so yummy! It's on a cd somewhere, if I find it I'll send it to you.
@UK_Shree (3604)
6 May 09
That does sound good! I would really appreciate this if you can find it - I am always on the lookout for new recipes!
@celticeagle (121180)
• Boise, Idaho
6 May 09
Yes, herbs such as basil and rosemary really can mean the difference between a bland and run of the mill dish and a really good flavored one. Fresh coriander was one of my x husbands favorite herb. I chives and parsley too. I used to have a lovely herb garden just outside my back door. It just happened to be right off the kitchen as well. Have all kinds of basil. Loved it. And lavender.
@UK_Shree (3604)
6 May 09
Yes exactly - it's all about the herbs! Thanks for the response.
@dlr297 (5418)
• United States
5 May 09
I also like to use fresh herbs in just about everything that i make, and i usually put fresh mint in either my tea, or my coffee. I have a small herb garden in my kitchen that has a number of different herbs, all i have to do is cut off what i want to use.
@UK_Shree (3604)
6 May 09
That does sound like a resourceful herb garden. Never heard of putting mint into coffee but I bet it probably tastes great. Thanks for the response.
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
5 May 09
I love using fresh herbs when I cook! Some of them I grow myself in my garden, like basil, chives, parsley, mints (2 types: peppermint and spearmint) and I also grow my own garlic. I even dry some for winter use with my cooking. I have never tried corriandor in anything. I don't know much about it, like what types of foods it's good in, or even what it tastes like lol. Will have to get some and try it, it sounds like it's good for a lot of cooking flavor! (Thanks!)
@UK_Shree (3604)
6 May 09
Coriander is fabuolous. It is often used at the end to garnish a multitude of dishes. Give it a go I think you will really like it if you are a herb fan. I have tried growing my own garlic - it seems to take forever! Thanks for responding.
@katsalot1 (1619)
5 May 09
I often use herbs. Sage is great in nutroast. Basil in things like bolognese, because I like it with cooked tomatoes. Mixed herbs in omelettes, and I love egg and chive sandwiches. Parsley sauce is one of my favourite tastes, but I haven't had any parsley growing for ages - I must do something about that!
@UK_Shree (3604)
6 May 09
Yum I really do like chives too! Thanks for the response.
@jellymonty (2358)
5 May 09
I love using herbs in my cooking. In fact I cant cook without using herbs.. herbs bring the taste of the meal. Especially when I'm makin a chicken roast gravy with potatoes and continental salads then I heap the herbs in..
@UK_Shree (3604)
5 May 09
Herbs certainly do form an important part of the flavour don't they! Thanks for the response.
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