Perfect pairs: spice things up

Find out which herbs and spices will turn a dish from alright to awesome.

The old saying goes, herbs are the friend of the physician and the pride of cooks. And as every good cook knows a few herbs and spices kick up the flavour of any dish to turn something alright into something awesome.

Just like Anthony and Cleopatra or Romeo and Juliet, there are some pairings that just belong together. The same goes with herbs and spices and while you’ll see some perfect pairings of food, herbs and spices at the Kleenheat Kitchen at the Perth Garden Festival, here are some you can try at home.


Basil and tomatoes

You can’t go past a salad of fresh torn basil with sliced tomatoes, bocconcini and sea salt.

A great way to kick-start a brunch or a barbecue is with sourdough bread topped with tomato and basil bruschetta.

And when it’s pizza night, take basil, tomatoes, tomato paste, and mozzarella and you have yourself a classic margherita.

Chilli and garlic

The combination of chilli and garlic are a timeless classic, and proof that the simplest things are often the best.

Time poor but looking for something tasty? There’s not much easier than serving up spaghetti with chilli and garlic for dinner.

Chicken breast marinated in garlic, chilli and lemon juice, then thrown on the barbecue is enough to get the taste buds tingling.

And if you’re looking to liven up a side-dish, chill and garlic broccolini is just the ticket.


Coriander and Thai

With its citrus, earthy flavour coriander is an essential ingredient when you’re cooking Thai.

The good thing is that every part of the coriander plant offers a different flavour. The stems and roots can be added early in the cooking process to give a greater depth of flavour, while the leaves are added just before serving.

Some tasty Thai dishes with coriander include Thai-spiced coriander chicken, and chill, lime and coriander prawns.

Ginger and lemongrass

Ginger with its hot fragrant spice and lemongrass with its more subtle citrus flavour make for a fantastic combination, especially in Asian.

Ginger and lemongrass whole baked snapper is easy to prepare and ideal for serving up for lunch or dinner.

Or as the weather starts to cool and you’re looking for a hearty meal, braised beef cheeks with ginger and lemongrass is a sure-fire crowd pleaser.

And if you’re entertaining a crowd, ginger and lemongrass cooler is a great start to an Asian style banquet.


Mint and peas

Not surprisingly, mint is one of the most popular flavours in the world and goes wonderfully with peas, which then makes for a perfect side dish with a lamb roast and mint sauce.

Serving up a mint and pea dip next time you have friends over, will have them asking for the recipe.

Oregano and pizza

Pizza and oregano, is a great Friday night coupling, and maybe a glass of wine as well.

There’s a number of combinations to choose from, including fresh tomato pizza with oregano and mozzarella or salami, mozzarella and oregano.

You could also turn up the flavour dial on your next pizza by making a quick garlic-oregano pizza dough.

Rosemary and lamb

Rosemary and lamb are knock-out combo.

A lamb roast isn’t complete without garlic and rosemary, and it’s tough to go past lamb cooked over flames with sea salt and fresh rosemary whenever you fire up the barbie.

Get cooking

Now you’ve learnt a little more about pairing herbs and spices with food, try out this tasty recipe for barbecue prawns with chilli, lemongrass sambal and mango pickle.

If your mouth’s watering and imagination is running wild – head along to the Kleenheat Kitchen at the 2019 Perth Garden Festival for more flavour combinations from our guest chefs plus tips for growing top-notch produce at home.

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