NZ Gardener - Gifts from the Gardens

CHEESES, SAUCES & other herb morsels

Have more herbs than you know what to do with? Put them to good use in these herby recipes.

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Use fresh herbs plucked straight from the garden to make these tasty condiments. To make a savoury herb mayonnaise, you need: • 2 red chillies, deseeded, chopped • 2 small garlic cloves • 1 cup fresh coriander leaves • 1 cup fresh parsley leaves • ½ cup mayonnaise • 1 teaspoon lemon zest • 2 tablespoon­s fresh lemon juice • salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Place chillies, garlic, coriander, parsley, mayonnaise and lemon in a food processor and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. The mayonnaise should be made a few hours in advance to allow the flavours to meld. This is a great mayonnaise to to fancy up a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich next time you have guests for lunch, or take it to your next pot luck.

Another great condiment to take to a barbecue or pot luck is herb and spinach salsa verde. You need: • 2 garlic cloves • 2 packed cups fresh coriander leaves • 2 packed cups fresh parsley leaves • 1 packed cup spinach leaves • ½ cup olive oil • 3 tablespoon­s white vinegar • salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Finely chop garlic in a food processor. Add the coriander, parsley and spinach and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add oil, vinegar and 2 tablespoon­s water and process until just combined, not smooth. Season with salt and pepper. •

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