How to: Grow Your Own Bouquet Garni

Add the taste of fresh herbs to your cooking by making your own bouquet garni. Use kitchen string to tie a bay leaf, some thyme and parsley together – this allows for effective diffusion of flavours through your dish and easy removal afterwards. Simple but very tasty.

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Bouquet garni recipe: summer greens

Try this tasty sidedish

Ingredients

  • 250g fresh or frozen peas,
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 100g shredded little gem lettuce
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 100ml chicken stock
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 bouquet garni
  • 1 cup small pickled onions
  • 1 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1 tbsp double cream.

Method

1. Simmer peas until just cooked.
2. Melt the butter in a pan over a high heat, add the lettuce and cook until just wilted.
3. Add the flour and cook for a minute, then add stock, sugar and bouquet garni.
4. Simmer gently for 5 minutes.
5. Add the peas, onions, parsley, cream and stir to combine.
6. Remove bouquet garni before serving.

High-flying herbs

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As most herbs thrive in small spaces and don’t weigh much, they’re perfect candidates for a vertical, wall-mounted garden. Just attach your herb-filled planter or window box to a sunny wall or fence as close to the kitchen as possible. Alternatively, you could put up shelves or use flat-backed hanging baskets to make your space-saving display. Get our top tips for vertical gardening and give it a go yourself. 

Find out even more about growing your own herbs here.