Oh, What is a “Bouquet Garni” you ask?
Simply put a Bouquet Garni is a bundle of aromatic herbs. (Don’t you just LOVE the word “aromatic”???) Sometimes packed in a little bag that is easily hung off the side of your pot, other times bound with kitchen twine or leek leaves ready to be thrown into the pot to add heady flavor and fished out when the cooking is over.
I love the idea of experiment with citrus zest as seen in the Google image~!
I have been making SCADS of them for the winter and reveling in the fragrance that fills the kitchen and stains my hands. They are now dry, ready for my next round of chicken stock or soup a l’ongion.
There are varying opinions on the traditional combination of herbs and of those opinions I have chosen:
For my Provencal Blend
and for my Italian Blend I have switched it up just a bit and used:
(All home grown except the Bay Leaf – I am requesting a Bay tree for Christmas. Wonder if I can keep one of those alive in one of my bright windows?)
Next year I hope to add more variety with and tinker with Marjoram and Chervil and other herbs I have not yet grown.
Our herbs are organically grown with lots of love… you should see My Chickens (the kids) revel in the smell of the Rosemary and Basil. They are such old souls!
Sometimes B.G. are very small but I have made mine about eight inches long so they are easily to retrieve and fun to handle.
If you have herbs this season, head on out and make your own Bouquet Garni… all winter long you will be happy you did! It’s tres simple to make your own with loose herb leaves and a spice ball too!
Next in this Series…
“Herbs – What Goes with What?”