Up Your Herb Game with a Helping Hand from Lords
Bored of your basic basil and mediocre mint? Here’s how to refresh your weekly eats with a little help from the herb garden!
You probably don’t put much thought to the herbs you keep in the kitchen. You might have a wilting pot of basil on the window sill and an array of dried delicacies such as ‘Herbes de Provence’ and ‘Bouquet Garni’ in the cupboard, but that’s probably about it. Well, let your herb monotony be no more! With the planting of our valuable new herb garden here at our top restaurant in Gloucestershire, we thought we would give you a little lesson on some slightly more unusual herbs to get your own kitchen garden kick started. These culinary gems are sure to give you that extra spark in the kitchen.
Unbeknownst to many, there are lots of different varieties of mint aside from your standard kitchen favourite, and this one is particularly delicious. Chocolate mint is the delicious cocoa flavoured herb you never knew you needed. Bake it into brownies, muddle it into a mojito, toss it in your tea, or simply use it as a tasty garnish- it really will add a touch of intrigue to anything!
Very similar to regular lovage, but with a slightly more exotic name (if you consider the wilds of Scotland to be exotic), Scots lovage has a peppery, celery like flavour that will add a bit of welly to soups and stews. The leaves can also be eaten raw, so use them to add some extra zing to salads.
This is a herb that comes in two varieties; both summer and winter savory are related to the mint family. Summer savory is the sweeter and nuttier of the two, while winter savory is a little more bitter. Think of this as a replacement for thyme- fantastic as a flavouring for roasted meats, stews and stuffings.
Also known as bear’s garlic, devil’s garlic, gypsy’s onions and stinking Jenny, wild garlic has accrued quite the reputation over the centuries. The wild growing member of the allium family gives off a rather pungent smell when it’s growing, hence the plethora of colloquial nicknames. Unlike your average bulb of kitchen garlic, it’s the leaves of the wild herb that are eaten rather than the bulbs. The taste is more delicate too, more akin to the flavour of chives. Though we don’t have this particular delicacy growing in the herb garden, it does grow in abundance in the woodland surrounding the hotel, so it’s never in short supply!
This is just a small selection of all the wild and wonderful herbs that are available at your fingertips, so there’s really no excuse not to get creative in the kitchen. If you would rather leave the cooking to the professionals, then why not give our Cotswolds restaurant a visit and leave the herbs to us? You can book a table online, or give us a call on 01451 820 243 today!