Category Archives: Herbs

Growing & Using Herbs

Hi Folks

We had an enjoyable meeting yesterday (10/10/17). Where we discussed two curry spices; turmeric and cumin. There is quite a mass of information about these spices, with current interest in turmeric making it an absorbing subject. i think that we only scratched the surface.

We did not discuss coriander, but wandered a bit and looked briefly at some other spices. So, we have still to discuss recipes associated with cumin and turmeric – although I recall piccalilli was mentioned.

The next meeting is on November 7th at 165 Fox Lane and the subject is Ginger.

Please bear in mind that the success of the meeting requires us all to do a bit of reading around the subject. So, you can focus on recipes, historical uses, medicinal, or growing.

Following a suggestion from Ian, we are also going to explore remedies for a sore throat. Please come along with anything you have on that subject.

Don’t forget to do your homework!

Please tell me if you can’t make it.



Gill Whittaker – 01772 426042 / 07548501942  Email me [HERE]


Herb Group Visit to Eccleston

We had an interesting and informative meeting at Jacqui – the herbalist’s – house on June 6th. In spite of the wet weather, we managed a stroll around the garden, where Jacqui pointed out various herbs and discussed their properties. We then were invited into Jacqui’s treatment room where we learned about tinctures and smelled various herbal mixtures. This was followed by coffee and some courgette cake, made by Lindsey.

Jacqui also talked about herbal treatment which sometimes includes suggestions to patients to take up yoga and to practice mindfulness.

It’s for a free course in MINDFULLNESS follow this link

Gill Whittaker

Latest Herb Group Meeting

On Tuesday we held the second meeting of the Herb group at one of the members homes. Following an interesting walk around the garden looking at a variety of culinary herbs we adjourned to the dining room and discussed the featured herb for this month BASIL.

 The members had  agreed to do undertake research into Basil plant, looking at the following topics :

  • Propagation
  • Growing
  • Folklore
  • Historical and/or medicinal information
  • Preserving
  • Culinary uses / recipes
  • Other uses

and this provided the background for a very interesting discussion.

We were also treated to a collection of delicious examples on how Basil can be used.

Firstly, a Capri salad stick comprising of Mozzarella cheese ball, basil, tomato half and a drizzle of Balsamic vinegar.


One of the group also made a Basil Pesto, which went well with slices of Sour dough bread.


and finally, we all had slices of Lemon and Basil cake with a lemon drizzle.


Next months Herb will be Thyme. Lets see what culinary  delights we can come up with.

Ian Barrow