Let me introduce you to one of my store cupboard life savers. Herbes de Provence.
From wikipedia: Herbes de Provence (French: [ɛʁb də pʁɔvɑ̃s]; Provençal: èrbas de Provença) is a mixture of dried herbs considered typical of the Provence region of southeastern France. Formerly simply a descriptive term, commercial blends started to be sold under this name in the 1970s. These blends often contain savory, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, and oregano. Lavender leaves are also included in products in the North American market. The herb mixture is typically used with grilled foods and stews.
You know those days when you have the same old ingredients in your pantry, but you just want something a little different? Herbes de Provence is THE herbal mix to throw on your dish. Anything that you can put olive oil and garlic with benefits from this mixture. I eat a lot of vegetarian meals and it just elevates a plate of roasted veggies from glum to yum in one simple application. My spice blend combines sweet French lavender with other flavorful Mediterranean herbs. Not everyone is comfortable with having flowers on their food, but trust me, they are wonderful.
Try Herbes de Provence on a full range of Mediterranean inspired dishes, such as in dishes where olive oil and garlic play a prominent role (rustic breads, seafood, soups, poultry and hearty meat stews, etc.). Also great added to homemade croutons or infused in extra virgin olive oil for salads. Drizzle some infused oil on your veggies or use the mix as a rub on meats and fish before cooking. Make a marinade and let the subtle flavours infuse overnight. There is no end to the possibilities.
I’ve actually given samples of this herb blend to people at markets. They have 100% returned and extolled the virtues of my blend of Herbes de Provence. Most of them were surprised at how much they liked it, because it was out of their flavour ‘bubble’. I’m really quite proud of how much folks like it. I give a little happy dance with each positive feedback and turn my thoughts to the next kitchen alchemy experiment.
Thanks for reading. Cheers!