The Romance of Herbs – What Goes with What?

Aug 29, 2011 | Potager, Recipes | 4 comments

Ok, So “What goes with What” isn’t a very romaaaaaantic expression but I looooooooove knowing,
“What Goes with What” from wine pairings to chocolate pairings!

The herbs in our Potager are out of control.  It’s like heaven!  My rosemary is almost obscene and allows me for a moment to pretend I live in Napa Valley with it’s sheer size!  And my basil?  Oh my goodness, I have already cut it down once to make pesto and it’s almost three feet tall again!!!

Oh, that this “pairing” knowledge were swirling around in my own head but I have gleaned it from the infamous Geraldene Holt and her book “Recipes From a French Herb Garden”.  

She suggests these herbs/flavorings can be made into Bouquet Garni for your particular dish but I don’t see why you couldn’t get creative… using them as flavorings, rubs, etc.I can’t get over how giddy I get when I get to incorporate citrus zest into my meal too (which you will see on a handful of these suggestions)…

 If this list doesn’t get you revved up to cook then you need to go frolic in some herbs for awhile, get lost in their heady aroma’s… honestly, I can think of few things that make me swoon like herbs.

They are truly romantic.

Poultry – Parsley, chives, leek, thyme, celery

Beef – Parsley, thyme, bay, 2 cloves and for Provencal dishes add orange zest

Lamb – Parsley, lemon thyme or lemon balm, bay and celery

Next in this Series…
The Romance of Herbs – Cleaning with Herbs?

Pork – Parsley, bay, thyme, and a small piece of orange zest

Veal – Parsley, bay, marjoram, a small piece of lemon zest and sometimes a leaf of sage

Game – Parsley, bay, rosemary, and 2 juniper berries wrapped in a layer of leek

Tomatoes – Parsley, bay and basil

Fava beans – Parsly, chives and savory

Peas and snow peas – Parsley, mint and chives

Root vegetables – Parsley, bay, oregano or thyme

Potatoes – Parsley and bay (and of course, rosemary on it’s own!)


  1. Priscilla

    I love that book. I’ve used it for years.
    Hope you are doing well. Looking forward to good news concerning your mew baby.
    Still in my prayers.

  2. Corinne.

    C’est toujours avec plaisir que je viens te rendre une petite visite sur ton blog !
    Les photos avec tes enfants sont superbes et tu es resplandissantes en futur mamman!

  3. Ann at eightacresofeden

    Have you read Geraldene Holt’s Diary of a French Herb Garden? Her account of her year in France establishing her herb garden. It’s an inspiring and aromatic read – you can almost smell the fragrance of the herbs! Jekka McVicar is another herb expert who has lots growing and culinary advice in her books. I’m able to grow lemon grass here but love the Australian bushfood lemon myrtle. It is actually a tree and I’m growing one! Crush the leaves and the scent is released, it’s lemon heaven. The lemon myrtle powder made from the leaves has this extra zing which zests up food no end. You can even use it to make shortbread, yogurt and cheesecakes.

  4. à la parisienne

    I agree that growing my own herbs is such sensational hobby.
    In my husband’s eyes the more herbs the better-sometimes I have to keep an eye on him while I’m cooking!

    Luckily, herbs also tolerate a lot of heat and a dry climate, so even when other veggies in my garden may diappoint, there’s always fresh herbs to cook with. I will never understand people who buy a bunch of fresh herbs in the produce section for $3.00-total rip off!

    I hope all is well with you, and that baby (and Mommy)is getting ready for his/her arrival.



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