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Cooking with Herbs
Herbs and Spices
"How well do you know your herbs? Ten questions on some well known, and not so well known, culinary plants to tempt your appetite"
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
This 'heavenly' herb can grow up to 8ft in height and the leaves can be used to flavour salads and mayonnaise. However, you probably know it in the form of crystallised stems for decorating cakes and other sweet treats.
This fragrant leaf was sacred to Apollo and was woven into a wreath by the Ancient Romans to crown their champions. Most cooks prefer to use it in their Bouquet Garni.
This herb, delicious in tomato dishes, or as an ingredient of pesto, has the Latin name Ocimum basilicum.
This herb is very versatile and is used extensively in Asian cookery. The seeds can be used whole or powdered for aromatic dishes, the roots can be cooked as a vegetable and the fresh green leaves are essential in Thai cookery.
Peppermint has many uses and is even to be found in drinks. The famous cocktail, Mint Julep, uses sugar, mint leaves, soda water, and which other ingredient?
This Mediterranean herb, Foeniculum vulgare, comes in common and bronze varieties. The flowers, seeds and leaves have a distinctive aniseed flavour which combines well with many fish dishes.
This humble green herb comes in curly or flat-leaved varieties and can be used fresh or dried. It is often mixed with garlic butter or added to risottos and omelettes.
This herb can be common, creeping or wild. It can also be lemon, orange, golden, French or German! It has small leaves and is used all over the world.
This is a small evergreen shrub with small spiky leaves which is often grown as a garden plant or for its distinctive perfume. In cookery, it is commonly used with roast lamb and is an ingredient in the French herb blend, herbes de Provence.
Use Armoracia rusticana with caution! It is not a very attractive plant and the long white roots have a fiery, pungent flavour. It is much loved by the British who make a sauce from the roots to accompany their roast beef.
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Compiled Jun 28 12