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Easy Recipes Using Fresh Herbs

Parsley and Pistachio Pesto 

1 1/2 cups firmly packed Parsley leaves

1/4 cup roasted Pistachio nuts

2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

1/2 cup light extra virgin olive oil

60g Parmesan cheese, finely grated

Salt and Pepper to taste

Place Parsley, nuts  and garlic into a food processor.  Pulse/ Process until almost smooth,  scraping down sides occasionally.  With the motor running, add the oil in  a slow stream. Process until all oil is combined.  Spoon Pesto mixture into a bowl, add the  Parmesan and salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine.

Stuffed Mushrooms

Fill flat mushrooms with a mixture of crumbled feta, finely chopped oregano and crushed garlic.  

Drizzle with olive oil and bake at 220C until golden.  Serve with lemon wedges.

Herb Tart

Using your favourite shortcrust pastry, line a 30cm flan tin, bake and cool.


800 gms leeks - discard green tops, wash and thinly slice the white part

3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped

80 gms butter

2 cups fresh herbs, finely chopped - choose a combination of parsley, tarragon, thyme, basil, oregano - or your own favourite herbs.  Have a balance of mild, parsley, tarragon, chives, chervil, then add some stronger varieties, thyme, oregano, basil, sage, savory.

3 eggs

3 egg yolks

700 gms sour cream

2 cups freshly grated Parmesan 

Salt and pepper to taste

Heat butter in a pan, add leeks and garlic, cook over low heat until softened.  Add the fresh herbs and stir. Remove pan from heat and allow to cool.  Whisk together the eggs, egg yolks and sour cream until well blended, then stir in the Parmesan.  Add the leeks to the cream mixture , season, and spread mixture into the pastry base.  Bake at 180C for about 50 minutes and until set and golden brown.  Serve with rocket salad.

Carrot and Coriander Soup

2 tsp olive oil

1 onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 leek, chopped

6 large carrots, chopped

2 large zucchini , chopped

1 litre chicken or vegetable stock

4 tabs chopped coriander

Warm the olive oil in a large pan, add the onion, garlic and leek and allow them to soften for a couple of minutes. Then add the carrots and zucchini. Stir, cover pan with a lid, turn down to simmer and cook for ten minutes. Add 1 litre of chicken or vegetable stock and simmer for 15 minutes, or until vegetables are soft. Stir in the coriander and serve, or blend until smooth if preferred.


Toss together quartered cherry tomatoes, chopped mint leaves, steamed broad beans, and sliced crispy chorizo.  Serve on toasted mini baguettes.

Margarita  Salsa

½ cup red onion, chopped

2 cup diced mangoes or peaches

1 to 2 tbs minced, seeded Jalapeno or other small Chilli

2 tbs fresh Coriander leaves, chopped

1 tbs fresh Mexican Tarragon leaves, finely chopped

3 tbs Tequila OR orange juice

2 tbs lime juice

1 tbs lime zest

Mix well, stand for at least ½ hour.  Serve at room temperature.

Delicious as a BBQ meat accompaniment or topping for baked potatoes.

Pasta with Sorrel and Lemon

Serves 2

100 gm Farfalle or pasta of choice

1/4 cup olive oil

25 gm ricotta cheese

Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon

1 tbs fresh parsley, chopped

1 tbs fresh mint, chopped

1 tbs fresh chives, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

1 cup sorrel leaves, torn into bite-sized pieces

1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

Cook pasta according to directions.

 While pasta is cooking, put ricotta, lemon zest, lemon juice, and herbs into a processor, drizzle in olive oil, pulse to just blend. Season with salt and pepper.

When the pasta is cooked set aside 1/2 cup of the cooking water. Drain and return to pot. Add the sorrel and cooking water if needed.

Serve topped with pine nuts.

Fiesta Salsa

4 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

2 large cucumbers, diced

1 cup fresh corn kernels

1 green capsicum, diced

1 red onion, finely chopped

1 large avocado, diced

1 cherry chilli, finely chapped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

¼ cup fresh lime juice

¼ cup coriander, chopped

¼ cup parsley, chopped

¼ teaspoon smoked paprika

Pepper and salt 

Coriander sprigs for garnish

Place all ingredients in a large glass or ceramic salad bowl and toss gently until well combined.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  

Serve as a side dish, or as is with lime wedges and organic corn chips.

White Bean Dip

400 gm cooked cannellini beans  OR

1 400gm can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

2 cloves finely chopped garlic

1 tbs finely chopped parsley

1 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary

Juice of 1 lemon

½ cup olive oil

sea salt flakes

Mash the beans in a bowl with a fork, until almost smooth.  Add juice and oil, combine.  Add the garlic, parsley and rosemary.  Mix together, and add salt to taste.  Chill and serve.

Five Herb Salsa Verde

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons minced parsley

3 tablespoons minced chives

3 tablespoons minced tarragon

2 tablespoons minced mint

2 tablespoons minced dill

1 small shallot, minced

1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and finely chopped

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar  

Salt and Pepper

Whisk all of the ingredients together in a glass or ceramic bowl, season with pepper and salt.  Refrigerate overnight, bring to room temperature before serving.