Herbs and Spices

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Dishes

ASIAN DISHES
Basil leaves, chiles, coriander (stems, leaves and roots), garlic chives, garlic, ginger, lemon grass, sesame seed, Vietnamese Mint.

BEANS
Bay leaves, chili powder, coriander seeds, garlic, mint, parsley, savory.

BEEF
Basil, bay leaves, coriander (leaves and seeds), garlic, ginger, horseradish, mint, oregano, parsley, thyme.

BISCUITS & BREAD
Anise, dill, fennel seeds, rosemary.

CABBAGE
Anise, dried basil, dill and fennel seeds.

CAKES
Anise, dill or fennel seeds, candied angelica stems and crystallised violet or borage flowers for decorating.

CHEESE
Basil, fresh chervil, chives, fresh dill, garlic, oregano, parsley, thyme.

CHICKEN
Basil, chervil, chives, coriander (leaves, stem, seeds and roots), garlic, ginger, lemon balm, lemongrass, marjoram, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, savory, tarragon, thyme.

EGGS
Basil, chervil, chives, dill, marjoram, oregano, parsley, savory, tarragon, thyme.

FISH
Basil, chervil, chives, coriander (leaves & seeds), dill, fennel (leaves, bulb & seeds), garlic, ginger, horseradish, lemon balm, lemongrass, marjoram, oregano, parsley, rocket, tarragon, thyme.

FRENCH DISHES
Bay leaves, chervil, chives, garlic, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme.

FRUIT
Bergamot (leaves & flowers), Borage (leaves & flowers), lemon balm leaves, lemon verbena leaves.

GAME
Bay leaves, parsley, rosemary.

INDIAN DISHES
Coriander (seeds), curry leaves, fennel seeds, garlic, grated ginger.

ITALIAN DISHES
Anise seed, basil, chicory, fennel (leaves, seeds, bulb), garlic, marjoram, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, savory, thyme.

LAMB
Basil, bay leaves, coriander (leaves & seeds), dill, garlic, ginger, lemon balm, marjoram, mint, parsley, rosemary, thyme.

MEXICAN DISHES
Coriander (leaves & seeds), oregano, parsley.

PICKLES
Anise, coriander, dill and fennel seeds, ginger, garlic.

PORK
Anise (leaves & seeds), coriander (leaves & seeds), dill (leaves & seeds), garlic, ginger, marjoram, oregano, sage, thyme.

POTATOES
Chives, dill leaves, garlic, parsley, rosemary, thyme.

SALAD DRESSINGS
Basil, chives, coriander, dill, garlic, ginger, horseradish, lemon grass, mint, parsley, rosemary, tarragon, thyme.

SALADS
Basil, bergamot (leaves & flowers), borage (leaves & flowers), chervil, chicory leaves, coriander, dandelion leaves, fennel bulb (finely sliced), nasturtium (leaves & flowers), parsley, salad burnet, watercress.

SAUCES
Basil, bay leaves, chives, dill, garlic, ginger, mint, parsley, sage, tarragon.

SHELLFISH
Basil, chervil, chives, coriander, dill, lemon grass, parsley, thyme.

TOMATOES
Basil, chives, garlic, marjoram, oregano, parsley, thyme.

VEAL
Basil, garlic, marjoram, oregano, parsley, sage, rosemary, tarragon, thyme.

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Herbs and Spices

ALLSPICE
Apples, gingerbread, holiday baking, liver pate, pickling, pork and ham, and squash dishes.

ANISE
Bread, cakes, cookies, cucumber, squash.

BASIL
Asparagus, cucumber, eggplant, Italian dishes, meats, oranges, tomato salads and sauces.

BAY LEAVES
Grilled fish, marinades, meat stews and soups.

CARAWAY SEEDS
Cucumbers.

CARDAMON
Indian curries, apples, peaches, Scandinavian Christmas breads and cookies, stewed fruits, squashes, sweet potatoes, yams and grape jelly. I put some in my coffee!

CAYENNE PEPPER
Cheese dishes and spreads, chocolate, cream sauces, egg dishes.

CHERVIL
Asparagus, cottage cheese dips, cream sauces, cucumber, egg dishes, eggplant, salad dressings.

CHIVES
Brussels sprouts, cucumber, dips, salads, garnishing for potatoes and soups.

CILANTRO
Cucumber.

CINNAMON
Cocoa, coffee, fruit desserts and pies, Middle Eastern meat and rice dishes, oranges, rice pudding, squashes, sweet potatoes, tea, toast, yams.

CLOVES
Apple desserts, creamed onions, ham, spiced tea, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomato bouillon, yams.

CORIANDER
Apples, sweet potatoes, yams.

CUMIN
Cucumber, eggplant, Mexican dishes, salsa, squash, sweet potatoes, Thai dishes, yams.

CURRY POWDER
Mayonnaise or cream sauces for fish, lamb, poultry.

DILL
Cucumber salads, salmon, sauce for broiled beef, chicken or fish. I use it in omelettes.

FENNEL
Cucumber.

GARLIC
Used mostly in French, Italian, Spanish and Chinese dishes. Excellent with eggplants, lamb, oranges, shellfish, salad dressings and dips.

GINGER
Apples, barbecues, broiled chicken, fish sauces, holiday baking, peach desserts, pot roasts, squash, sweet potatoes, yams.

MACE
Apples, Brussels Sprouts, eggplant, squash, sweet potatoes, yams.

MARJORAM
Artichokes, asparagus, Brussels Sprouts, cucumber, dried beans and peas, eggplant, meat stews and soups, sweet potatoes, yams.

MINT
Cold drinks, cucumber, lamb, peas, pea soup, salads, and Middle Eastern yogurt sauces.

NUTMEG
Apples, cauliflower, coffee, eggnog, eggplant, mushrooms, oranges, peaches, rice and sweet puddings, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, wild rice, yams.

OREGANO
Cucumber, eggplants, meat and poultry roasts and stews, vegetable casseroles, Italian sauces.

PAPRIKA
Artichokes, asparagus, Meat and poultry goulashes, broiled fish, rarebits, squash and as a colorful garnish to deviled eggs etc.

PARSLEY
Artichokes, asparagus, cucumber, eggplant, potatoes.

ROSEMARY
Lamb, poultry, salmon and veal.

SAFFRON
Bouillabaisse, cucumber, paella, pilaff, risotto, Swedish coffee cake.

SAGE
Eggplant, pork, poultry or onion stuffings, sausage meat, sweet potatoes, yams.

SAVORY
Artichokes, asparagus, cabbage, cucumber, dried peas and beans, eggplant, salad dressing, squash, string beans, sweet potatoes, yams.

TARRAGON
Green mayonnaise for fish, Bearnaise sauce, cucumber, eggplant, roasted poultry, salads and dressings, squash.

THYME
Clam chowder, cucumbers, egg dishes, eggplant, meat and vegetable soups and stews, oranges, squash, sweet potatoes, yams.

TURMERIC
Cucumber, squash.

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Recipes

Have you ever bought one of those spice racks that come with spices? You fall in love with one of the blends, but cant buy another to replace it? Why dont you make your own spice blends? They are quick and easy, and you dont have to worry about running out!

You can even find cute little glass containers with airtight lids and give them away as gifts!

CAJUN SPICE HERB BLEND
Meats, marinades, potatoes
10 parts paprika
1 part cayenne pepper
1 part chili powder
1 part dried onion flakes
1 part black pepper
1 part oregano
1 part basil
1 part thyme
1 part cumin
1 part garlic powder

HERBES DE PROVENCE
Meats, marinades, salads, butters
2 tablespoons dried thyme
2 tablespoons dried marjoram
2 tablespoons dried savory
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers
½ tablespoon fennel seeds

ITALIAN SEASONING
2 parts basil
1 part oregano
1 part thyme
1 part marjoram
½ part rosemary
½ part garlic powder
¼ red pepper flakes

MEDITERRANEAN HERB BLEND
For vinaigrettes, meat marinade and dips
6 parts sun dried tomato
3 parts basil
3 parts parsley
2 parts oregano
1 part thyme
1 part garlic powder
1 part lemon peel
½ part red pepper flakes

PIZZA SEASONING
2 parts basil
1 part garlic powder
1 part marjoram
½ part crushed red pepper flakes
½ part oregano
¼ part dried onion flakes

SALSA HERB BLEND
For fresh salsas
4 parts parsley
1 part cumin
1 part dried red pepper flakes
1 part dried onion flakes
1 part coriander seeds, crushed
½ part lime peel

SEAFOOD SEASONING
1 part salt
1 part paprika
½ part sugar
½ part lemon peel
½ part black pepper
¼ part garlic powder

STEAK SEASONING
1 part salt
1 part paprika
½ part garlic powder
½ part dried minced onions
¼ part marjoram

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One thought on “Herbs and Spices

  1. What a great list. I like how you laid it out and included recipes for blends. Most people need more spice (and herbs) in their life.

    I am doing a talk on this at Vegetarian Summerfest in early July. I will also be discussing the nutritional and medicinal implications of certain spices and herbs. Fascinating stuff. Thanks for sharing.

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