Who would have known that the song Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme by Simon & Garfunkel held the secret answer to my on going herb dilemma? You see, every year I end up with a bumper crop of rosemary and sage and in the past I never really knew what to do with all of it. After all, there’s only so much dried rosemary and sage that a girl can use!
I know this is going to sound so ridiculously simple but a few summers ago I decided to blend together the rosemary and sage. The funny part was that while I was picking them I couldn’t get the Simon & Garfunkel song out of my mind so I decided to pick an equal amount of thyme as well. My parsley was in the process of re growing so I had to skip on that one. I went through the same drying process I normally do and once they were all completely dried I did a final blending in my Moulinex…eh voila! a star had been born.
Needless to say after all the years of not knowing what to do with my rosemary and sage harvest it’s now like my pesto…the more I make the more it disappears.
The blend is perfect for anything…fish, meats, veggies, pizzas but where I find it shines the most is by using it in a bread dipping oil. Pour some good quality extra virgin olive oil on a plate, add a good splash of balsamic vinegar and a generous amount of your herb blend. A fresh baguette, bottle of red wine and good company is all you need to turn this simple appetizer or mid afternoon snack into something truly decadent.
Oh and a little fun fact about each of these herbs I thought you might find interesting.
Parsley symbolizes merriment
Sage symbolizes long life
Rosemary symbolizes faithfulness &
Thyme symbolizes courage.
Buon Appetito everyone!