Herbed ButterĀ 

One of my main reasons for growing herbs is to make this AMAZING butter. It is seriously addiciting and very simple to make so dont let the long list of ingredients deter you, because it is most definitely worth it to have in your fridge or freezer!

I was extreamly excited when I realized my herbs had grown enough that I could make a batch of butter, as I’ve been out of it for about a month or more now šŸ˜³. So a bit more on this butter… it is amazing on any and all meat or meat alternatives as well as on any type of vegetables. I essentially use it any time would  as a fat such as when I’m softening up onions and carrots for a soup or stew seriously its amazing on everything, and a huge bonus it freezes so incredibly well! When I first made it I rolled it in a log but that was a bit teadous to cut off a chunk when I wanted to use it, that with the second batch I ended up piping it on a sheet of parchment paper into coins and let it freeze overnight then tossed all the butter coins into a freezer bag, so much faster to just grb one or two coins when you want to add more flavour to something rather then to start chipping away at a frozen log of butter.

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Herbed Butter

  • Servings: makes 2 Lbs herbed butter
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An amazing explosion of flavour that can be added to any dish.

Ingredients

*Use fresh herbs when possible

1 lb butter, softened

2 tbsp tomato sauce

1 tbsp dijon mustard

1 tbsp capers

4 tbsp shallots, finely chopped

4 tsp parsley, finely chopped

1 1/2 tbsp chives or green onion, finely chopped

3 tsp basil, finely chopped

1 1/2 tbsp tarragon, finely chopped

1 large clove garlic, crushed

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp cayenne

1/4 tsp curry powder

1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce

Juice of one lemon

Directions

Put all ingredients except for the butter into a blender or food processor and blend until all ingredients are chopped into small pieces and blended well. In a bowl or food processor add the butter and mix until fully combined. Put into a piping bag and pipe into coins onto parchment paper on a cookie sheet and freeze for a few hours until fully frozen. Once frozen put into a freezer bag and keep in the freezer until you want to use it.

 

Welcoming Spring

April the start of spring in reality no matter what the calendar says! I find in Canada at least that although spring officially starts in March the most change or transition into another season happens in April. Seeds that have been started in March are starting to grow, snow is starting to melt and for the first time in months you can see the ground and best of all the long and dark days of winter are becoming brighter!Ā Since it is officially SPRING means its time to start some plants!

So living in a northern community means that to really purchase many of the things I might need, requires a drive of about 4 hours to the city where there is more then just a small grocery store. So when I can find a second use for something it makes life and I think the planet a little better. Such was the case with the usedĀ Keurig pods, I love the simplicity of making one cup at a time so I don’t feel the need to have the second…or third cup of coffee just to finish the pot! There is however the other side of things that if you are not using the refillable pods then you are essentially creating a lot of unnecessary waste. So I decided to clean out the used pods tossing the grounds in the compost, toss some dirt and seeds in the empty pods, water then BAM freshly grown herbs are coming your way! A bonus with using theĀ Keurig pods is that it makes it super easy to share/ give baby plants to someone!

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