I hope that your week has been good and that you have some fun things to share today for Five On Friday.
Sorry that you haven't heard much from me for the last week or so, I haven't forgotten you, promise! I will explain all in a day or two. I have been reading your posts and keeping up with your news though. Thank you for still dropping by here, it has been lovely to hear from you. Everything has been good - really good in fact!
Anyway, on with my post! Today I have five culinary things to share. Things that I need in the kitchen or for the kitchen to make my food tasty and to keep me happy! Of course I have salt and pepper and a range of dried herbs, spices and different oils. These five are the extra things that I need!
1. Fresh herbs! A must for me. I don't normally have daffodils growing with them though, these pots are going to be moved now!
I grow mint in a separate pot as it can spread like crazy otherwise. In this bed I grow sage, thyme, chives and rosemary. My parsley also seems to be keeping on going. When the weather warms up I add basil in. Basil is a very soft herb and needs the weather to be warm otherwise it will just die.
I also have a marjoram plant in here, but at the moment it is looking rather sickly so I might need to replace it. A second thyme plant died over the winter so I might also replace that, or I might just plant more basil. I love basil!!
2. This is not an ingredient that you can buy easily in England, but I can get this and the next two seasonings in the American section of the large grocery section in a garden centre some way from where we live. It is quite a trek to get to so I don't go often.
When I do go I stock up with things!
Seasoned salt is a mix of salt and other seasonings. It just adds an all round savoury note to dishes that I like. A little sprinkle here and there can pep up all kinds of things.
3. Lemon Pepper is lovely! It is different from freshly ground pepper - which I use a lot - the pieces of pepper are larger and of course there is the lemony note too.
Recently I made a mushroom risotto and added a good dose of lemon pepper and it really bought the dish to life. Fans of The Pioneer Woman will know that her husband sprinkles this liberally onto steaks too!
4. Old Bay seasoning is one of my favourites, but it is a real love of my hubby's. We coat chicken or prawns in this and then grill or barbeque them, served with salad, rice, on top of a risotto, or any other number of ways you have a delicious meal with only a very little work. I haven't tried this in anything else, but perhaps this summer we will give it a go! I imagine that it would be good sprinkled on roasted veggies....
5. Finally, and perhaps most importantly of all. Chilli sauces. Tabasco and hot sauce! I love tabasco and will add it to all kinds of things. There is also a green tabasco, but I cannot seem to get that right now for some reason - I will keep looking!!
Obviously I add a little of these to chilli, but have you tried a few drops of tabasco on a fried egg - or scrambled egg... In a pasta salad, over some tomatoes, in soup. There are all kinds of ways to add some pep to your step with a little chilli sauce! Green tabasco is still hot, but has a different flavour note in case you were wondering what the difference is!
These are the five things that add the extra little something to my cooking and that I like to have at hand! What extra things do you need in the kitchen?
I hope that you all have a great weekend of cooking with lots of tasty dishes to enjoy!
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