House Dressing

House dressing is one of the base ingredients for food for the soul. It sums up both the philosophy and practice….simple….. delicious…. healthy. I always have it in the cupboard and use it for salads, cooking, baking, sauces, emulsions and much much more. It has so much flavour that I never use vinegars with salads anymore. It can be made in any quantities and keeps for ages. You can also adapt the ingredients to suit your own taste.

 

Ingredients:

  • 5Lt Olive Oil
  • 5 Lt Groundnut oil
  • 1 bunch basil
  • 1 bunch Chives
  • 1 bunch Coriander
  • 1 bunch Tarragon
  • 1 bunch Flat Parsley
  • A handful of fresh Thyme
  • A hanful of fresh Rosemary
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 heads Garlic
  • 6 Banana Shallots
  • 4 Red Chilli
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 2 Lemons
  • 1 head Fennel
  • 1 dessert spoon Fennel Seeds
  • 1 dessert spoon Carraway seeds
  • 1 dessert spoon Whole Black Peppercorns
  • 6 pods Green Cardamom
  • 6 Star Aniseed
  • 1 small stick Root Ginger

Method

  1. place all the herbs and spices in a large saucepan as they are
  2. roughly chop the vegetables
  3. cover with the oils
  4. heat until the herbs start to wilt then remove from the heat and leave to infuse for 24 hours
  5. strain and bottle