The key to great everyday recipes is few, but flavourful ingredients. I love simple recipes that demands minimum effort, yet delivers a ton of flavours and one of my favourite tricks to make this happen on a daily basis is to make sure I have inspiring ingredients in my kitchen. If you want to update your kitchens skills and improve your everyday dishes without really making an effort, herbs are the way to go. And the brain is simple, so if there is a little green herb forest in your kitchen, I promise you that you’ll sprinkle it on everything without even thinking about it.
Fresh herbs can transform any boring dish into a little firework of flavours in your mouth. Just like salt and lime or lemon, the wonderful little herbs will give your dish a kick by underlining and enhancing the flavours in your dish and make the whole thing a lot more interesting. There are a few things that are absolutely mandatory in my kitchen, like lime, lemon, garlic, chilli, strong mustard, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, flakey sea salt and pepper. But the herbs play a really important role when it comes to giving your dishes a little more depth. There are a few herbs that I change with the season, but mostly I crave the same kinds of herbs throughout the year. Let me introduce you to my current little herb family:
This is a no brainer. Basil is wonderful because it brings a ton of flavour to simple ingredients. What would a tomato and mozzarella salad be without basil? Nothing special if you ask me. Sprinkle it on your sandwich, on your pasta dishes or add it to your salads for a little more kick.
I sprinkle chopped chives on basically everything. It’s perfect on smoked salmon, eggs, and avocado, and I can almost not imagine eating any of those three things without a ton of chives to top it off. What I love about chives is that it really gives your food a kick, and brings the combination of flavours to a whole other level. Plus, it gives you that gorgeous taste of onion without leaving you with horrible onion breath.
Thyme is brilliant. It is perfect for heavy dishes with tons of meat and vegetables, but is also wonderful to sprinkle on salads, pasta dishes, roasted root vegetables, cheese, jam or a classic ham and cheese sandwich combined with delicious Dijon mustard.
This little herb is one of my absolute favourites. Whenever I cook something with beef, you can be sure to find rosemary in there. I simply love how it gives you so much flavour, and it smells absolutely amazing. This is a herb that I start to crave when autumn is over us, and winter is approaching, and I always use it with my root vegetables, or sprinkle it on cheese and jam (like blue cheese and blackcurrant jam), so good! Accompanied by a little red wine your dinner is complete and will knock the socks off your guests.
One of the best things about herbs is that they can be found in so many variations. You can buy lemon thyme, and basil comes in a whole range of different colours and flavours so you can always find something you like, or occasionally change it up to challenge yourself. Happy cooking beauties!