Friday, December 18, 2009

Guest Blogging for The Herb Companion Magazine!

Can you believe it!  We are nearly at the end of the year.  This is my last post of the year for The Herb Companion magazine.  I have done 17 posts this year and have enjoyed every one of them.  Hope you enjoy this one!  It celebrates the holidays and the 2009 herb of the year, bay laurel.


FlowerLady said...

Hello Lemon Verbena Lady ~ I enjoyed this post that you did for the Herbal Companion.

I have a potted bay tree. I bought it when it was about 4" tall for $1, many years ago. It is now about 5' tall. I do believe I need to repot it.

I love using fresh leaves. So much more wonderful and flavorful than dried. I'm spoiled now.

I'd love to see more recipes using this wonderful herb.

I just made a pot of beef, vegetable, barley soup/stew with two bay leaves and it was delicious. The recipe also called for paprika and curry, so it was really tasty.

I'm glad to have found your blog.

May you and your DH have a lovely Christmas and a wonderful new year.


lemonverbenalady said...

Hi FlowerLady,

Bays love to be pruned and it probably needs to be repotted. Yes, fresh leaves once you have used them are far superior to dried. I love putting them in the water for pasta. It really makes the pasta tastier without even putting sauce on it. Although I can't eat it plain! It would be good with a little butter and cheese. I love this time of year because we do make stews and soups and bay is always in the background. Thanks for your kind words. I'm glad to have found such diverse bloggers and you are one of my favorites! Hope you and your husband have a Merry Christmas and happy and healthy new year. LVL

Tufa Girl said...

That is one beautiful bay tree! People try to plant them in the ground here. They either die in the one really cold evening we get or suffer with scale. (Ours at work is the later.) Never see such a beauty!

lemonverbenalady said...

This one came back from the dead and is clearly the better of the two bays we have. The other like yours at work gets scale and The Herbal Husband patiently scrubs the scales off every year! Hope you and your sweetie have great holidays!