Make your own bouquet garni and the delicious flavours of French cuisine are all yours ready to add to your dishes. The benefits of doing it yourself is that you can tailor each bouquet to whatever you're cooking. The one below is a versatile, all-purpose mix and can be used for many dishes. (See the bottom of the page for links to more tasty recipes)
Note: Traditionally this French herb blend would be made with fresh ingredients. However, if you don't have fresh, just use dried. This is also handy as you probably have dried available all year around and can enjoy the taste anytime; not just in the growing season.
What You'll Need: (makes about 7 tablespoons)
2 tbsp dried thyme
2 tbsp dried parsley
2 tbsp dried oregano
4 tsp dried orange peel (optional)
6-8 dried bay leaves
20cm (6 inch) square of cheesecloth
tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon
If not using straight away, store in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 2 months.
Note: I use a heaped tablespoon if cooking enough food for a 2-person serving. So, if you're cooking for more or less people, reduce or increase the amount you put in your parcel.
Note 2: You can buy bouquet garni bags, which may be worthwhile if you plan on making and using this recipe a lot.
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