What is the British Herb Kitchen?
Hi, I’m Victoria and I’m on a mission to bring British herbs back to our tables. What do I mean by British herbs? I mean the wonderful array of delicious and nutritious herbs that used to be grown in our soil, in our climate through Roman, Medieval, Elizabethan times. Somewhere along the line they fell from grace to be replaced by just six or eight supermarket standards.
Don’t misunderstand me, I’m a huge fan of basil, coriander, lemon grass, oregano. But through the British Herb Kitchen blog I want to share all those flavour sensations that come from the herbs we can grow at home – lovage, sorrel, sweet cicely, lemon balm, dittander, chervil and so many more – where you can find them, how to grow them and most importantly, how to cook with them.
After many years of globetrotting for work, indulging my foodie obsessions along the way, I started wondering whatever happened to British foodie heritage and culture. I could eat Italian in Tokyo and Japanese in Rome; French in Hanoi and Vietnamese in Paris. Other countries had a distinctive and exportable culinary heritage. No-one ever suggested we just pop round to our little neighbourhood ‘British’. Ask non-Brits about British food and if you don’t draw a complete blank you might get ‘fish and chips’.
And yet we grow and raise wonderful produce. We have some of the safest, most sustainable farming standards. Britain is home to many of the world’s greatest innovative chefs. The British artisan food market is exploding with delicious things – cheeses, charcuterie, breads and cakes, oils, vinegars, pulses, wines and spirits and more, more, more. We may have lost our culinary heritage during the 19th and 20th centuries but it’s now roaring back, in a more local, sustainable and utterly mouth watering way.
Join me at the British Herb Kitchen and get to know our once great British herbs. Through the British Herb Kitchen blog I’ll bring you recipes, growing tips, health benefits and a little bit of quirky history. I’ll also be showcasing some of the best of our British artisan products, from all corners of the British Isles.
Each month we’ll celebrate one particular British herb. For our celebrity ‘Herb of the Month’ I’ll share info on how to cook with it, how to source it or grow it, and lots of other good stuff.
‘Herbidacious’ as they used to say on 1960’s children’s TV show, The Herbs – let’s go into the British Herb Kitchen.