Herbs, I’ll say it again…
They delight.

Today I would love to share with you another one of those delights:
“Bouquet Garni”

There was a time when I had never heard of “Bouquet Garni” and now I am obsessed with them.  Just blocks from my little 17m2 apartament in Paris was a new little shop that opened during my brief time “living” there.  I will never forget the shopkeeper… very nervous at his grand opening and hungry for success.  He sold all sorts of simple culinary must-haves from delicious tins of Fois Gras to Walnut Oil with floating walnuts viseable thru the glass (I bought one of those and though it is long rancid I can not bring myself to throw it out). He sold wonderful toothpaste style tubs of mustard, and bottles of wine, champagne, olives, vinegars and little bags of Bouquet Garni.  I purchased 3 bags of tiny Bouquet Garni home with me and sparingly used them until I realized I could grow my own.

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:

Italian Parsley
Bay Leaf 

For my Provencal Blend

and for my Italian Blend I have switched it up just a bit and used:

Italian Parsly
Bay Leaf

(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?”