There is nothing more delightful than walking into a kitchen where the host is cooking with fresh herbs. The scent of the herbs makes ones mouth water in anticipation of the meal.

Fresh herbs are so versatile, they can be used to turn a meal into a feast; create a tantalising cocktail; make a disinfectant spray for the kitchen surfaces; make a lovely bath to help one relax or for simply making a fresh cuppa to drink at the end of the day.

In the first of a series of regular blogs, I take a look at Rosemary.


No kitchen or home should be without this herb, it combines well with meat, vegetables and makes a wonderful tea that helps restore the memory.

This herb has been used for hundreds of years in the kitchen, as a preservative and medicinally. When Rosemary is used in cooking it helps to stimulate the appetite and the secretion of gastric juices.. The leaves have antioxidant and antibacterial properties.

Rosemary Deluxe Roasted Potatoes

( Recipe from Jekka’s Herb Cook Booked published by Ebury)

These are known as mum’s posh chips, they are great and always very popular. I never seem to make enough.

  • 1kg potatoes, washed but not peeled
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tbs rosemary leaves removed from the stem and finely chopped
  • 2 tsp sea salt

Serves 4, after a days gardening or 6 for a dinner party.

Preheat oven to 200C

Cook the potatoes in salted boiling water for about 12 minutes, or until your knife slides easily through them.

Drain and leave for 5 minutes. Once cool enough to handle, slice the potatoes into large chip sizes.

Put 1 teaspoon of sea salt into the pestle and mortar, add the chopped rosemary leaves, crush them together. This will infuse the salt with the oil from the leaves, add the second teaspoon of salt and crush to mix together but not to make it fine.

Put a small amount of olive oil into a roasting tray add the potatoes, toss well, add the salt and rosemary, toss again, add 2 more tablespoons of olive

For more herbilicious ideas with Rosemary visit our Recipes with Rosemary.

Did you know?

Rosemary can also be used as a cure for hangovers….