(Yes I know it’s Thursday. I’m taking a day away from home with my sweetie while the tropical storm passes over. This is just what I wanted to share today.)
I mentioned in that giant post I’m guessing virtually no one read all the way through yesterday that part of the blogging conference was a Foodie Friday event. We learned about how to take better pictures in general and of food in particular, got some great ideas for styling food (which I will be stealing for styling knitting and other craft projects, too) and learned some things to look for at the flea market that we can use to make our photos more interesting.
To break from the conference room for a minute, we had a bit of an ice cream social (mmm, strawberry Yarnell’s with Oreos on top!) and headed outside to listen to Tina Marie Wilcox, who cares for the gardens at the Folk Center, writes about herbs (I just bought her book and will give you a review when I can) and is an all-around passionate, spirited and vivacious lady. We should have kept up her “if you can hear me say yeah!” all weekend.
Anyway, she showed us a bunch of different herbs growing in the garden, including two kinds of thyme, rosemary, parsley, savory and salad burnet, which I had never heard of before, but it’s a green leafy herb that takes a little like cucumber. She showed off her lemongrass and jumped up and down while sharing the benefits of purslane (it’s high in Omega-3s and literally grows like a weed, because it is one).
Back inside she talked a little more about herb gardening and shared an easy trick to get bushier basil plants that don’t go to seed. She explained that the plants have nodes, which are where the new branches come from. She says if you cut your basil at two nodes up from the bottom of the plant, under the new branches, every two weeks not only will you have lots of great trimmings to eat, your basil will get bushier and will not go to seed.
I’m definitely trying that next year.
I also love her rationale for using herbs in cooking:
essential oils are magic. They smack you in the brain and make you want more.
Works for me.
Do you have any herb gardening tricks? How do you use herbs in recipes?
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