Monday, 20 July 2009

Herby recipes for a wet miserable Monday!

Gathering up some of my past posts and a couple of recipes that make use of garden produce.

For the glut of cucumbers I’m expecting to get!

2 cucumbers, 1 medium sized onion, 2 oz(50g) butter,2 tbsps freshly chopped tarragon, 1 tbsp of lemon juice, salt and pepper (black).

Peel and slice cucumbers into 1/2 inch sticks. Put into a pan of lightly salted boiling water. Cook for 3 minutes then drain. Peel and chop onion and cook in butter without burning it! Lightly browned! About 5 minutes. Stir in finely chopped tarragonDSCF0001 and add drained cucumber. Cover with a lid and cook for approx. 7 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper and lemon juice. Spoon mixture into dish and pour braising juices over, thickening them if needed. Good with chicken and white fish! Believe me!

Dill Sauce

Blanch the dill leaves for 1 minute. Drain and dry on kitchen paper. Chop finely. Whip the cream lightly and fold in the chopped dill.DSCF0004 Season to taste with black pepper. Chill in fridge for an hour.

This sauce is excellent with cold meat and fish such as trout or salmon and also good on courgettes which have been baked in the oven. I think I’m having a glut of these! A hot sauce can be made by adding the dill to a white sauce. Add a tablespoon cream and whip in an egg yolk. Good with a baked ham. I often add a tablespoon of cider vinegar to the basic white sauce recipe as it makes the sauce a bit more tangy!

Both recipes are quick to do and add variety! Fennel can be used instead of dill for a different flavour, especially with fish!

Enjoy! Bon appetite!


  1. YUM!!! I've never seen a recipe like this before. It would be great with some salmon and squash (courgettes) too! Thanks for sharing. I hope your weather gets better soon. -Jackie

  2. Thanks Valeri I really should use more herbs and both these recipes sound lovely.

  3. Umm - like the sound of the dill one - I really should use my dill instead of thinking how pretty it looks.

  4. Karen dill really should be used as it makes such a fantastic difference to all sorts of dishes but especially courgette dishes. It is lovely though I have to admit!
    Joanne try them out they are so quick!
    Jackie I hope the weather gets better soon as the constant wet is beginning to affect the tomatoes. But that's another story! Val

  5. Thought of you when I photographed bay in the rain this morning.


  6. Lucy at this precise moment it isn't raining but that's not to say it won't start again any minute. Val