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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Holy Bay Leaves (Batman)!

I've always liked bay leaves.  My mom used to never make a stew without throwing in a handful or two.  And her stews are delicious.




I admit that I was kind of a noob though, at first, and would really strain to see their versatility.  Oh, my kitchen always had a container or pouch of bay leaves on hand, but I used them only for specific things... namely stew.


I know, not very original.


Anyway, I've since come to LOVE their rich, earthy-yet-fresh, flavour.


Now I use them in everything from grilling meats to pasta sauces.  And of course stews and soups.


I had originally had a really hard time finding some fresh bay leaves, and often lamented (often boisterously) the lack.  However, a few months ago I was shopping at our local grocer and discovered a pack of fresh leaves... right where they should be.  I don't know if it was just that every time I've looked for them, every one has been out of them, or if I've just been crazy, but now I can find them all the time.


:)


This, coupled with the fact that in the fridge these puppies can last for quite some time, means that I always have some on hand now.


And I love it.  I know I'm romanticizing them a tad, but every time I think of them, I always think of ancient Rome, and the use of 'laurels' in myth, as well as such coined phrases as 'resting on...'.  Anyway, they're fast becoming one of my favourites.



2 comments:

  1. Great ... I've always only used dried bay leaves so the idea of fresh is something I will try. Hope I can find these at my grocer.

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