You donít have to be a master chef to make simple foods taste great. Jamie Oliver discusses how to spice up your home cooking with just a few fresh herbs (and a bit of cheeky humor!). Be sure to tune in this week for the return of Jamie Oliverís Food Revolution.
Growing a Kitchen Garden
Growing your own herbs provides a tangible way to connect with the source of your food, while opening up a world of flavors in the kitchen. A sprinkle of chopped fresh herbs can transform a familiar dish into a delicious, new experience. Many herbs also have health benefits, such as aiding digestion or stimulating the nervous system.
In addition to their culinary uses, herbs beautify the home, engage the senses, and provide a great way to get your hands dirty. If youíre new to gardening or have children, a container garden of herbs is a fun beginning project, especially for city-dwellers. You donít even need a backyardóa sunny windowsill or balcony will do.
Growing herbs also saves money. Have you ever bought a bunch of fresh mint to discover that you only needed a few sprigs? With only a bit watering and maintenance, potted herbs offer a constant supply of garden-fresh ingredients. Though most flavorful when just harvested, herbs can also be dried and preserved for the winter months.
Herb seedlings can be found at your local gardening supply store and some farmers markets and grocery stores. Choose common herbs that are versatile and easy to grow in your region. Jamie Oliver recommends rosemary, basil, and thyme.