Hello and welcome to my blog! If you've migrated over from www.katiejogracie.webs.com, great to see you! Unfortunately I was having a lot of problems with the server over there, constantly crashing, so I've come back to safe and reliable old blogger.
I'm going to be slowly migrating all the old posts over here, as soon as I work out how!
In the mean time, I thought I'd write about something fairly new to me, but that I'm just LOVING which is serving fruits with herbs. The first reason that I love this idea is that herbs (fresh ones) are so good for us. They are absolutely packed full of nutritional benefits, and you can read more about that by clicking here.
The second reason I love it is that people don't expect it. Everyone has heard of serving peaches and cream, but what about peaches with basil? Once your friends have tried it they will think you are a culinary genius (the hard part is convincing them to try it though)! I'm definitely going to be putting my own spin on this for me and Elle's birthday BBQ on Saturday by serving up a peach and basil pavlova. I'll let you know the guests responses in an update.
Thirdly, it's great for introducing little ones to a wider variety of flavours, which are gentle on little taste buds and won't have them screaming 'spicy!' at the first bite.
And finally, it's just delicious. I'm sure you've tried some of the classics (apple and rosemary; raspberry, lime and mint) but I thought I'd list a few of my favourite combos so you can experiment at home too.
There are a few ways you can cook using fruit and herbs: mixing them chopped in a salad or salsa, pureeing together for drinks or popsicles, cooking them down together in compotes or sauces, or using herbs to infuse anything from drinks to custards. So without further ado - here is my list of wonderful fruit and herb combinations to inspire you!
Pear and Rosemary
Lemon and Black Pepper
Lime and Rosemary
Blueberries and tarragon
Coconut, Lemon and Lemongrass
Have fun experimenting! Remember to comment if you come up with a new idea that you think I should try. Comment before Saturday and it may just make it to our celebrations.