It’s a rainy day(sometimes freezing), on days like this, it’s good to curl up with a good book or a good movie. But what to cook for Sunday supper? My favorite on days like this is stew. Stew easy to put together and it fills your house with memories of childhood. My favourite is Jamie Oliver’s Steak, Guinness, and cheese pie with a puff pastry lid (recipe here). It calls for fresh rosemary, you can pick it up in the produce section of any supermarket. I like adding a bay leaf while it’s in the oven, it gives the stew more depth. Which brings me to the topic of today’s blog, Bay Leaves. The Bay Laural Tree(Laurus nobilisan) is an aromatic evergreen tree or large shrub with green, glossy leaves, native to the Mediterranean region The laurel can vary greatly in size and height, sometimes reaching 7–18 (metres 23–59 ft) tall. (Wikipedia). Can you grow it inside during winter? Yes, you can. Make sure you have a bright, even sometimes direct sun(east, west, south, window). Make sure from about November to March you don’t water it a lot. Most plants need what I call a time to sleep. A rest between growing, most plants in their natural surroundings need a time of rest. Make sure you do not give any fertilizer during this time, you don’t want it to grow. Whenever you are pinching out (means trimming) to make a fuller tree, save the leaves and dry (Click here for full instructions)them away from any heat or the sun. Either lay them on paper towels or hang the branch you cut. Make sure they are fully dry before storing them in a container (picture below)
I have had about 4 plants over the time I have been growing herbs(latest picture above). Yes, I know it doesn’t look great, most of the time they have died because I forgot about them during winter(like this time) or in the heat of the summer. When you grow them make sure the pot is big enough and transplant starts to get root bound. They are not hard to grow and the rewards will have your food tasting great. I will start another one in the spring time, fingers crossed!