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Looking for Magic:  Bay Leaf

By Sharon
October 23, 2012

As often as we use herbs and spices, we really should be aware of their nutritional value. Finding their magic is important too. Let's take a close look at bay leaves and see the surprises they bring to our kitchen.

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suesings
Oct 27, 2012 9:24 AM CST
Hi Sharon, thanks for another most informative article! I was given my first bay tree 40 years ago by a neighbour, and I've been pulling them out ever since! The birds spread the seeds and they grow madly in my garden here near Rome, Italy. For quite a while I had too much to do and didn't notice them till they were to big to pull out, and difficult to dig out. So now it's a question of "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!" I've pruned some to form a background hedge or to a decorative shape, and the few I've potted are going to replace my dying Leylandii hedge. In the Landriana Gardens where I am a guide for English-speaking visitors, there is a very nice formal garden with low pruned hedgess of bay, it has become very dense over the years with the continual pruning. So you see it's a plant I am very familiar with, and despite its popping up everywhere I bear it no ill-will, and of course I use it in the kitchen! All the best as ever Sharon, hope your winter is kind to you and your garden, Sue Webster

See this from Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cadregatt/5754225564/
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Sharon
Oct 27, 2012 9:41 AM CST
Hello again, Sue! What a beautiful formal hedge garden. I can't even imagine bay growing year round like that. When I have it here, it must remain in a pot to be brought in during winter.

You have an amazing job and must be surrounded by beauty every minute of it. Thanks for the link to the picture.

Happy winter right back to you, and a very Happy Birthday to you in December! Smiling
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suesings
Oct 27, 2012 1:09 PM CST
Gee, thanks for the birthday wishes Sharon! I'm all goose bumpy! If you ever get over this way I'd love to meet you. Don't think I'll ever get to the States though, my savings can only get me the odd trip back home to Australia. :=))
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Sharon
Oct 27, 2012 1:17 PM CST
Thanks Sue, it would be nice to meet you too; but thanks to modern technology, words can fly free in all directions . . . even if it's too expensive for us. Smiling
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spyrogyra2
Nov 19, 2012 1:25 AM CST
Talking about Bay leaves, not recipes :-)
Bay Leaf in baked potatoes. Try this: Scrub your potato and cut a slot into it, making sure not to cut all the way through. Then take a fresh or dried bay leaf and put it into the slot. You might have to push a little to get it in. Bake and take it out when finished. This gives the potato a really nice flavor.
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Sharon
Nov 19, 2012 9:54 AM CST
Thank you, Inge! I never thought of that, but I'll try it.
Sounds very good.
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