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    Using Australian herbs in cooking

    I really want to start using Australian native herbs in my cooking. I'm also looking at growing these plants, too. Has anyone tried using Australian native herbs in cooking yet? The closest I've come is putting Rosella in my cheapy sparkly. http://www.sydneyessential.com.au/gu...-native-herbs/ for reference of examples of Australian native herbs and uses. I want to try Wattleseed Banana Bread this weekend.

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    Re: Using Australian herbs in cooking

    Quote Originally Posted by Azvanna View Post
    I really want to start using Australian native herbs in my cooking. I'm also looking at growing these plants, too. Has anyone tried using Australian native herbs in cooking yet? The closest I've come is putting Rosella in my cheapy sparkly. http://www.sydneyessential.com.au/gu...-native-herbs/ for reference of examples of Australian native herbs and uses. I want to try Wattleseed Banana Bread this weekend.
    My personal experience cooking with Aussie herbs is relative limited, but my mum uses all kinds of native herbs in her cooking, so between her and local commercial brands like Maggie Beer and Illalangi, I've eaten my fair share of dishes and sauces with Aussie herbs (I also used to work for these guys back in high school, but I was a labeller, not a kitchen hand, so I wasn't involved in the cooking). You can get a lot of commercial herb and/or spice blends now that are partly or wholly native herbs, with full instructions and suggestions for use, which is pretty much how mum and my stepdad started down the native herbs and spices path.

    For the most part there are a lot of herbs and spices that you can simply do a direct swap on. Use wattleseed in place of Poppy Seeds (but they are generally more versatile as they have a slightly sweeter flavour). Use Native Bush Pepper or Mountain Pepper in place of Black Pepper. We also have native mints that can be used in place of regular Mint. Salt Bush can be used in place of regular salt, or you can use local river salts instead (Torey and I have some pink Murray River salt, which has a subtle river-flavour that reminds me of my childhood swimming in the Murray).

    Other than that, I know that Lemon Myrtle has a lovely soft lemony flavour that works really well in salad dressings. And Bush Tomato is kind of like a cross between sundried tomato and Sumac. I also have a really yummy native plum sauce from Illalangi, and have tried their native dukkahs. And don't forget the humble old Macadamia, which isn't a herb or spice but is native and is delicious in icecreams and deserts. Torey and I also put the Wild Hibiscus flowers in syrup in wine for our anniversary every year... it was something that we put in the sparkling wines at our wedding and they are just a lovely flavour (I also drink hibiscus and lemon tea, but to be honest I don't know if it's a native variety or not).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azvanna View Post
    I really want to start using Australian native herbs in my cooking. I'm also looking at growing these plants, too. Has anyone tried using Australian native herbs in cooking yet? The closest I've come is putting Rosella in my cheapy sparkly. http://www.sydneyessential.com.au/gu...-native-herbs/ for reference of examples of Australian native herbs and uses. I want to try Wattleseed Banana Bread this weekend.
    Havent looked at the link, but I, and people in my family have experience with quandong (so much quandong), wild lime, Myakka, lemon myrtle and wattleseed mostly.
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    Re: Using Australian herbs in cooking

    Quote Originally Posted by Rae'ya View Post
    You can get a lot of commercial herb and/or spice blends now that are partly or wholly native herbs, with full instructions and suggestions for use, which is pretty much how mum and my stepdad started down the native herbs and spices path.
    I think this is how I will start out, too. http://tasteaustralia.biz/ Seems legit! Though of course I'll buy locally as able.)
    Quote Originally Posted by Heka View Post
    Havent looked at the link, but I, and people in my family have experience with quandong (so much quandong), wild lime, Myakka, lemon myrtle and wattleseed mostly.
    I had to google quandong D: What did you do with it, Heka?

    So, I made the banana bread. Here's the recipe I used: http://1millionacts.com.au/kind-thin...-banana-bread/ and I'm no food photographer so you'll just have to believe me that it turned out just like the picture.
    I served the banana bread as part of my extended family's Sunday lunch. Some people liked it and some people didn't like the grainy texture of the wattleseed. Personally, I could barely taste the wattleseed, though I would not add more because of the texture. The seed I bought was ground and roasted and had a great smell to it, but not much of it transferred to the bread. Maybe it was cheap coffee quality - strong smell but no substance to the flavour!
    Anyway, the next easiest to try might be Lemon Myrtle.

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    Re: Using Australian herbs in cooking

    Personally I really love orange poppy seed cake, so maybe try something like that with wattleseeds instead of poppy seeds? I also love macadamia and wattleseed icecream, though that's not something that I've ever made myself.

    Let us know how the lemon myrtle turns out. I've had it in salad dressings mostly, but I image it would also be good with fish.

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    My fad made a mustard and wattle seed marinade for his kangaroo in the restaurant.

    Ive seen lemon myrtle in dressings a lot, but it also goes good in short bread biscuits!

    Quandong is quite tart, so usually its cooked with a lot of sugar, but it turns in to jam, pie, and as a filling for chocolates around here. Also in chutney. But I love it raw too!

    If you are ever near here, let me know and I'll get you some quandong goodies for free. Shits expensive as hell. Often like 80$ a kg, dried.
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    Re: Using Australian herbs in cooking

    just going to throw this out there heka...


    As an American that grew up reading AA Milne, the idea of eating kangaroo to me, feels sort of like eating this:


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    ...may this statement belongs in the horse thread, but...I just wanted to throw that out there
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    Quote Originally Posted by thalassa View Post
    just going to throw this out there heka...

    As an American that grew up reading AA Milne, the idea of eating kangaroo to me, feels sort of like eating this:

    <img src="http://www.paganforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=3386"/>

    ...may this statement belongs in the horse thread, but...I just wanted to throw that out there
    Haha kangaroo is delicious Thal, trust me!
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    Re: Using Australian herbs in cooking

    Well I was going to try wattleseed and orange, but the tree my neighbours have that I thought was orange was actually lemon. Oops. So, I made wattleseed and dark chocoloate wholemeal muffins instead. The taste of the wattleseed came through a lot better. Maybe banana is too strong a flavour. They are so nice! I ate 3 out of the oven.

    I'm going to try these with Lemon Myrtle http://www.lemonmyrtle.com.au/bush-tucker-muffins/ hopefully next week. Though I don't think I'll put in that much ground wattleseed. It's $13/100g here so it's a pretty expensive ingredient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heka View Post
    My fad made a mustard and wattle seed marinade for his kangaroo in the restaurant.

    Ive seen lemon myrtle in dressings a lot, but it also goes good in short bread biscuits!

    Quandong is quite tart, so usually its cooked with a lot of sugar, but it turns in to jam, pie, and as a filling for chocolates around here. Also in chutney. But I love it raw too!

    If you are ever near here, let me know and I'll get you some quandong goodies for free. Shits expensive as hell. Often like 80$ a kg, dried.
    Thanks for the ideas and the offer I really like shortbread so I will give it a go with the lemon myrtle.

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    Re: Using Australian herbs in cooking

    Quote Originally Posted by thalassa View Post
    just going to throw this out there heka...


    As an American that grew up reading AA Milne, the idea of eating kangaroo to me, feels sort of like eating this:


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    ...may this statement belongs in the horse thread, but...I just wanted to throw that out there
    Haha I was like this at first, but soon overcame my reluctance...nom nom!

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