Sunday, September 30, 2012

FOOD OF THE DAY: Herbs

Tragedy + Thyme = Food

Find it, there's lots now, you have your sources. End of Summer. End of fruit. End of Tomatoes. End of Herbs. Tragedy. But wait. Your neighbor is away. There might be some thyme left in her garden. Anyway, get your hands on herbs now while you can. Preferably if the plants are still in the ground. Cut it down at the stem quickly, with scissors, and sequester in a paper bag. When you get home, clean herbs off under the faucet. Then pat dry with a towel, not a paper towel, then place on baking sheets. Leave them out, for a while, not too long, and the herbs will dry, then strip the leaves off the stems, crinkle them up, not too much, then put them in a little bottle. If you are clever, you will make a little cone out of paper for a funnel. Do this for oregano, basil, tarragon, cilantro, sage. Lemongrass. Herbs are in good shape now, September 30, 2012 in New England, no hard frost yet, (not including Hill Towns). Not basil or other herbs which have bolted, also cilantro. So loss of flavor there. Don't dry herbs that don't taste good in the first place. Save the best.