How many of you here are into gardening, and cooking?
Okay, it seems quite many. But for gardening, they can’t just do it easily, because of some factors:
only little space, and time
I guess one does not need a big garden to do gardening. Having a big garden is indeed a plus for those who are into gardening. But, there are still pots. One can grow plants in pots, but of course you are restricted to growing only certain kinds of plants. I used to grow chillies, and tomatoes. I live in a tropical country, Indonesia where nearly every plant can grow quite easily. I had no problems in growing chillies, or tomatoes back then. I have been googling “How to Grow Herbs”. It’s interesting to know each character of herbs. Some plants/ herbs are quite easy to plant;just sow the seeds on the ground where you want them to grow, and wait patiently until the baby plant grows, then you are reaching the next step, which is caring them until it’s time for harvest time. But, growing some herbs in pots does not seem to be as easy as I thought, or so I read. Plus the problem might arise if one lives in other parts of the countries where seasons change more often than in tropical countries.
Indonesia, as a matter of fact, likes to process food using fresh herbs. Even the process of cooking the food itself is considered “traditional”. I’ll show you how:
1. Believe it or not, even one lives in an extravagant house. The house full with a lot of expensive stuff, modern stuff. But, he or she can’t get far away from a traditional food processor called “Cobek” ( Bahasa).
Feeling like going back to the stone era? well, yeah perhaps this is one of the gifts the people in the stone era gave to human beings. But there is another variation of “cobek” which is made from clay. I have both. It’s of course twice or even three times more tiring to process herbs using this “cobek” than using electric food processors.
Just lay any herbs you want on to the “cobek” then using “ulek
And what does “cobek” have to do with fresh herbs? Well, probably nothing. But it’s more like the feeling of cooking the food when the two traditional things are involved.
Some people say : using fresh herbs will make your food taste more delicious than if you use instant herbs. The aroma your food produces is way more fragrant than if you use all instant. I would say so. There are only few instant herbs, which I sometimes use for my cooking; like pepper.
It feels nice when I see all the fresh herbs from home-grown herbs laying on the “cobek”.
There are a lot of Indonesians who decide to grow herbs in pots when they have to move to sub-tropical countries, for example. I am still reading about all these herbs thing growing in those countries, so I might be wrong. Some herbs do not grow easily in those countries. In Winter, for example, they die down because some herb plants do not tolerate extreme cold.Another case is that, some herbs are typical only for Asian food or dishes, thus European markets sometimes overcharge the kind of herbs.
- Isn’t it better to have them grown at home than buy them for little amount only?
- Isn’t that nicer to have fresh herbs for your food than the instant ones?
- Doesn’t it double the happiness when you manage to reach the harvest time, and use your crops for your own sake? ( even though you can share the crops with your neighbor, if it’s quite a lot.)
- Isn’t that nice to make your house smell good because of the fresh herbs? ( better than perfume,maybe?) These kinds of natural perfume is more environmentally friendly.I only learned that some herb plants do have pretty flowers, and they also smell nice
- And, last but not least, isn’t that fantastic to cook all those fresh herbs using traditional food processor? save energy! ( but not yours, and doing this “ulek-ulel” activity is quite healthy for you, isn’t it?)
My writing seems to be redundant; I am talking “cobek” as traditional food processor, but at the same time I am also talking about fresh herbs. The idea is :
Something traditional seems more fun! And homey! Just my two cents