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Apr 25th, 2007, 09:53 PM
i like mixed pepper grains (black, white, green and red), freshly crushed.
i like bay leaves, oregano, sweet pimiento, garlic and saffron.
dill is also great.
but in general, i think i could use every spice and make something worth of a wow, cause they are all so good...

Apr 29th, 2007, 05:34 PM
Nobody else likes white pepper?

i think it tastes wierd. freshly ground black pepper for me!

Sep 6th, 2007, 09:29 AM
and how do you use them?

lately ive been really loving fresh dill and cilantro. i dont know why about the cilantro. i used to hate cilantro but now i love it.

Sep 6th, 2007, 09:57 AM
Oregano! Because it's the only one the slugs don't eat. :mad:

I love cilantro too (that's coriander leaf isn't it?) and basil. I add them to salads, stews and stir fries, mostly.

Sep 6th, 2007, 10:49 AM
Fresh dill is my favourite on potatoes but I also like parsley. I always use basil and oregano in spaghetti bolognaise, otherwise I like everything plain.

Sep 6th, 2007, 01:59 PM
parsley, basil, coriander, mint

Sep 6th, 2007, 02:02 PM
basil, thyme, parsley, lemonbalm

parsley on potatoes and in soup, basil and thyme on tofu, lemonbalm to sniff (it makes me feel great!)

Sep 6th, 2007, 02:39 PM
basil for chiffonades to add to things, or to blend up in a sauce
dill for potatoes & carrots
cilantro for whole leaves in thai & mexican flavored food
rosemary for roasting veggies
oregano, parsley, basil, thyme & fennel seeds for spaghetti sauce

and I don't know if garlic counts, but garlic goes in everything :)

Sep 7th, 2007, 12:12 AM
yum you all gave me lots of ideas :D

thanks flutterby :)

Sep 7th, 2007, 02:35 AM

hands down.

Sep 7th, 2007, 03:53 AM
Rosemary, basil, cinnamon basil, chamomile, and sage.

Sep 7th, 2007, 03:15 PM
It depends on the purpose. For cooking, I'm a huge fan of basil, cilantro, and rosemary. Dill and parsley are also good. Mint is fantastic in tabouleh, smoothies, and drinks.

For medicinal purposes, I can't live without lemon balm and tea tree. Chamomile and mints are also great for the amateur herbalist.


Sep 8th, 2007, 07:16 AM
For whatever reason, I used to hate cilantro... but I've been using it recently and enjoying it.

I also like fresh ginger, cayenne pepper, and garlic (preferably fresh).

Cinnamon is also always a favorite.

Sep 8th, 2007, 08:04 AM
It has to be oregano as I use piles of it in Italian and Mexican dishes. In fact I buy it 4 to 1 against all my other herbs :D
Also - like jamboxrock, I love Rosemary on roasted veg. So sweet !

Sep 9th, 2007, 11:06 AM
Rosemary on roasted veg. So sweet !

mmmmmmmm im going to try that soon.

Sep 9th, 2007, 11:42 AM
Definitely BASIL. I love it and all the different pestos you can make are great. Tomato and black olive salad with basil...mmhh..
This is the first year that I have managed to grow a good supply because it got hidden underneath some kind of courgette and I couldn't use it all too quickly. If I had an imaginary lover then I think he might be called Basil.

Sep 9th, 2007, 03:56 PM
I had a delicious curry with chives in it and it shot them to the top of my list. :)

Sep 9th, 2007, 08:33 PM
what's the difference between oregano and thyme? they smell the same to me:confused:

Sep 11th, 2007, 07:08 PM
I am now loving rosemary. It is wonderful with pan-fried potatoes.

I also use basil all the time, especially when I make my own pesto. It grows like crazy in my garden.

Sep 12th, 2007, 05:18 AM
I am now loving rosemary. It is wonderful with pan-fried potatoes.

I also use basil all the time, especially when I make my own pesto. It grows like crazy in my garden.

Once I had potato and rosemary pizza - It was the BEST pizza I have ever had :p

Sep 24th, 2007, 07:54 PM
I like Fresh coriender best.

Dec 28th, 2007, 09:24 PM
I HATE fresh coriander (cilantro). And I'm not the only one:

http://www.ihatecilantro.com/ :p

The perception of the taste is thought to have something to do with genetics.

Dec 28th, 2007, 10:43 PM
it depends. The cilantro I grow myself never survives beyond its teen state and doesn't taste as soapy as the older herbs- I love that, but storebought is disgusting to me.

Dec 28th, 2007, 11:51 PM
Hm, I've also heard that cilantro haters can start to actually like it with practise. But I'm really not bothered to try.

Jan 4th, 2008, 06:12 PM
I like spices and herbs that are a little sweet, such as basil and cinnamon and cardamon. I love Indian cuisine and I always have tandoori mix and curry powder in my kitchen cupboard. And in my pantry there are always jars of cooking sauces and curry pastes. I discovered a Moroccan one that was vegan in one of the supermarkets here. Nowadays I eat thyme, which I did not like before. My father-in-law once brought us parsley and basil for our garden, but the snails ate most of the basil, so in order to safe the parsley I gave it to the guinea pigs. They are the perfect pets for us: when we have leftover fresh herbs, I try them on the animals (if they can eat it, of course).

The things that I chose were Cardamom, Paprika (powder), Ground Ginger, Fresh Ginger, Cumin, Fresh Garlic, Fresh Basil, Fresh Parsley, Sage, Vanilla, Dried mint leaves, Fresh mint leaves, Tandoori Masala (Indian spice mix), Star Anis, Galangal. I also love dill, but it was not on the list. :)