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Herbal Pleasures from a Potager Garden

I take great pleasure in cooking with both fresh & dried herbs, especially those that I have grown and harvested myself in my sunny potager herb garden located in the Southern California Wine Country! Here, I've gathered together my ongoing collection of herbal recipes, for your pleasure and enjoyment!!
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2 Reviews |  By BecR

This is a wonderful marmalade recipe using fresh garden grown tomatoes, lemon, garlic and fresh herbs. Delicious on toast or crackers. Courtesy Jams and Jellies Made Pure and Simple, by Ball Home Canning.

Recipe #434991

4 Reviews |  By BecR

A beautiful lavender jelly that will awaken your senses and delight your tastebuds with pleasure! Wonderful served at Afternoon or High tea with scones, puddings, or cream. It can also be served as an unusual accompaniment to meats, such as lamb or poultry. Or serve as a topping over brie cheese as an appetizer. The sky is the limit!

Recipe #412026

This wonderful subtly flavored lemon verbena jelly is fabulous spread on scones or toasted brioche, or in the center of thumbprint butter cookies. Would make a lovely foodie or hostess gift. Adapted from Morning Sun Herb Farm in Vacaville, California.

Recipe #460172

A lovely lemon verbena scented potpourri for scenting a room, or for sachets. Makes a lovely gift presented in a pretty tin. Adapted from Kitchen and Herb Gardener by Richard Bird and Jessica Houdret.

Recipe #429902

Lemon thyme grows abundantly here in my sunny southern CA potager garden! I like to use it in sweet desserts such as this sorbet. I've included directions for making the sorbet without an ice-cream maker, if you have one simply process according to the manufacturer's instructions. Note: Other herbs may be substituted for the lemon thyme (try mint or lemon verbena!). Cook time includes freezer time.

Recipe #373414

A delicate ice cream, gently infused with the scent of fresh lavender flowers and tinged a pretty lavender color. Very simple to make, with a classic custard base enriched with cream. Lovely with crisp cookies or a slice of pound cake. Enjoy! Notes: Ensure that the flowers have not been sprayed. Cook time includes freezer time.

Recipe #373432

Nothing could be tastier, or simpler, than this vibrant and refreshing lemon verbena sorbet on a hot summer's day. Wonderful! From 'The Herbfarm Cookbook'. Cook time is chill time. Note: For variation, you can make a lovely Scented Geranium Sorbet. Or, try an herbal addition. The pure flavor of lemon verbena blends well with other herbs. Herb Additions-- For a compound herb flavor, grind any of the following with the lemon verbena leaves and sugar: 1 cup sweet cicely leaves, 6 rose geranium leaves, 1/4 cup French or Mexican tarragon leaves, or 1/4 cup mint leaves.

Recipe #414812

1 Reviews |  By BecR

I have an abundance of Lemon Verbena growing in my herb garden, and am constantly on the lookout for verbena recipes. If you are a lemon lover as I am, you will love growing this herb (Aloysia Triphylla/ A. Citrodora). Verbena's exquisite lemony fragrance can be enjoyed in a myriad of treats ranging from lemonade to sorbet to scones to potpourri. Add a little finely grated lemon zest for stronger lemon flavor. These scones are extra lemony-heavenly glazed with my recipe #411928, and served with my recipe #416273. Best eaten warm and on the day they are made. ENJOY! Recipe adapted from an on-line source.

Recipe #430349

A trio of flavored Infusions or Syrups for Lemonade etc.! I've included three different flavored infusions --- Herbal (my favorite is Lemon Verbena!), Lemon-Ginger, and Vanilla --- all from the same basic hot sugar-water base recipe. Perfectly lovely drizzled over pancakes, pastries, ice creams, or fruit salad, -or- stir into your favorite beverage such as tea, lemonade, ice-water, or cocktails. Recipe adapted slightly from BH&G.

Recipe #171999

3 Reviews |  By BecR

An old-fashioned, simple lemonade but with the extra flavor of lemon balm! Enjoyed by children and adults alike. Serve well-chilled.

Recipe #374913

Serve this luscious Lemon Verbena Syllabub dessert cream in pretty glasses, as is -or- layered with a homemade herb or fruit sorbet or simply accompanied with fresh fruits and berries of the season! A lovely finale for a special occasion meal. Very quick and easy to prepare.

Recipe #380131

Passion fruit have a unique fragrance and flavor which makes this syllabub quite irresistible! Recipe is from the book 'Herbal Pleasures'.

Recipe #380424

A wonderful dinner party dessert -- and so easy! You may also wish to add fresh seasonal fruits such as raspberries or strawberries, dusted with confectioner's sugar. Preparation time includes a four hour chill time. Adapted from an 'A la Carte with Lee White' recipe.

Recipe #382093

1 Reviews |  By BecR

This syrup works with any combination of fruit; I especially like it with the tropicals. It is a light and refreshing dessert; the use of the vanilla bean makes these fruits seem exotic. Cook time includes chill time. From author and herbalist Susan Belsinger.

Recipe #376476

An exotic and tasty combination of fruits, French Nicoise olives, toasted walnuts and fresh mint on a bed of crisp Romaine, dressed with a classic white-wine vinaigrette. Top with king prawns (allow 4 to 5 per person) for a spectacular main dish salad! Adapted from Williams-Sonoma.

Recipe #384633

Nothing is more refreshing on a warm spring or summer day than a tall glass of iced tea, garnished with tiny sprigs of fresh mint and thin cucumber slices! Try 'Kentucky Colonel' or apple-and-citrus flavored mint varieties. Lovely! Adapted from Victoria Magazine.

Recipe #430188

1 Reviews |  By BecR

A light and bright lemony cocktail--perfect for your spring or summer fling!!! Prep time includes chill time. From L.A. celebrity party planner Mindy Weiss.

Recipe #380698

1 Reviews |  By BecR

A refreshing & delicious herbal and tea blend to sip on a warm day, or just while visiting with your special friend. This recipe was passed along from my friend Virginia Murphy of the Orange County Herb Society. Virginia is a lovely lady who also runs The Herboretum Herb Farm here in the Temecula Valley Wine Country. She grows and sells a nice selection of herbs, scented-geraniums, and other herbaceous plants. A great place to visit if you are in the area!

Recipe #113363

1 Reviews |  By BecR

An enticing and aromatic lemony tea blend, for all you lemon lovers out there! May be served either hot, or chilled over ice. Makes a lovely hostess gift, presented in a pretty tin with a ribbon.

Recipe #429922

2 Reviews |  By BecR

A calming, soothing, and restorative blend using three of my favorite herbs--lavender, mint, and lemon balm! Makes 2 lovely cups of tea or tisane. You can add a tea bag of your choice to make a stronger tea if you wish, and add another cup of water to make 3 cups of tea. Would be wonderful served with recipe #383209.

Recipe #383897

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