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Sometimes when cooking you will realize that fresh spices and herbs are the best, and if you want to grow them yourself, you will need to do this in your own garden. Check out the list of plants you totally need to have in your garden and kitchen!

Coriander leaves and seeds

If you’re passionate about gardening, you should think about growing herbs in our own garden. Generally, herbs used in cooking are best grown in your own garden, since you can use them while they’re fresh and thus preserve their taste and their nutritious value. Read on to find out what herbs to have in your garden and using in your food!

  1. Basil. It has a warm spicy flavor that’s great for soups, sauces, omelets, salads, fish, poultry and meat. It’s a great spice and largely used in oriental cuisine, especially if you’re a fan of Arabic dishes.
  2. Chives. With a slight onion flavor, chives are perfect for salads, egg and cheese dishes, mashed potatoes, sauces or even sandwiches. They’re preferred by more and more people all around the world and they have other great uses that you can think of.
  3. Coriander. Coriander is a great herb to use for steaks and any other meat dish. You can either dust dry coriander seeds over the steaks or you can chop frozen roots in soups or in combination with avocado, for instance.
  4. Dill. Although it has a somewhat bitter taste, it’s still great for any dish like soup, fish dishes, salads, meat, omelets, poultry and the like. You can use the leaves, either dried or fresh, for a great savor of the food.
  5. Fennel. The leaves are quite sweet in taste, thing that makes them best for sauces in fish dishes, soups, salads or pork. If you decide to use the seeds, these have a sharper taste, and if you use the bulb, you will enjoy a totally special taste.
  6. Mint. Often overlooked by chefs and cooking amateurs altogether, mint is quite a good spice for dishes such as lamb, sauces or jelly. You can also use it for tea or in combination with other tea herbs. It brings a fresh and, surprisingly enough, minty flavor.
  7. Parsley. Surprisingly enough, parsley is widely used in a variety of dishes such as salads, soups, casseroles, stews or omelets. It has a fresh flavor and it fully complements the taste of meat, fish and onion dishes.
  8. Sage. This is definitely one of the herbs to have in your garden, because it has a great flavor. It’s mostly used for poultry stuffing, lamb, pork, sausage, cheese dishes and omelets. Dry the leaves and grind them or use them as such.
  9. Tarragon. It has an anise flavor and therefore it’s great for soups, salads, stews or soft cheeses. You can also use it with lamb, serve it in melted butter along fish or steak dishes or vegetables. This is mainly used for tartar sauce and chutneys and can be greatly matched with vinegar if you leave the leaves in it for a couple of weeks.
  10. Thyme. Yet another one of the herbs to have in your garden, thyme is used as chopped leaves for beef, lamb, veal or pork before putting them to roast. Alternatively, it can be sprinkled over eggs, vegetables, fish and poultry, or added to soups, stews, rice or stuffings.

See also: Best International Recipes and Their Origins

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If you're wondering how come different cuisines from all over the world left their marks on your own diet, you might want to know which recipes have become an international success and where do they actually come from.

Curry from India

Somehow among all the local specialties and the specific of the places where people live, some recipes had a great success and are now favored by people all over the world. Although we can’t explain why this happened, we can for sure make a list with the best international recipes.

Pasta. The whole world has something to gain from Italians, the wonderful pasta recipes. Hot, cold, sweet or spicy, with meat, vegetables or seafood, who doesn’t love pasta?

Pizza. Also from the Italian cuisine, pizza is a recipe that quickly spread all throughout the world. Perhaps one of the reasons for which is one of the best international recipes is that it can be adapted to any local preferences regarding what you put on it.

Tortilla. The Mexicans surely left their mark on the international cuisine with tortillas. Easy to do, tasty and customizable, the tortillas are favored all over the world, and there are even some local variations depending on the country.

Curry. The curry sauce has been “imported” by many countries that added it to their local dishes, enhancing their taste with an Indian spicy touch.

Kebab. Similar to the tortilla in Mexico or the shawarma in the Arabic cuisine, the kebab has been “stolen” from the Greeks and has since gathered numerous fans all over the world.

Seafood. Initially a dish restrained only to the countries who had access to the sea or the ocean, nowadays it’s definitely one that you will find in the menus of restaurants all over the world. Even so, not everybody enjoys it, although generally they are quite easy to cook.

Fresh salads. Borrowed from the Mediterranean cuisine, fresh salads are great! Not only they are healthy, but they also give you a boost of energy. Use olive oil, lemon and fresh vegetables for a tasty recipe.

Barbecue. This American recipe has lots of fans all over the world. Barbecue is among the most healthy dishes you can have, and if you add to it a side fresh salad, you have a healthy meal guaranteed, not to mention tasty.

Spring rolls. This dish entered the international cuisine directly from China. They’re small, fun, easy to make and delicious!

Sushi. Although this one is not for everybody, it certainly deserves its place among the best international recipes around. Surprisingly enough, you can find it in special restaurants in places very far from China, and even more surprisingly, it’s a real success.

French pastry. Whether we’re talking about croissants or jams, the French cuisine definitely left a great mark on breakfasts all over the world.

Sausages. Taken from the German cuisine, sausages are absolutely delicious, great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The best part is that you can use whatever meat you like, match it with salsa sauce or tzatziki and you’ll enjoy a great international meal!

See also: Top 10 Herbs to Have in Your Garden

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We all know the classic and traditional Christmas recipes, but what if we would try something new this year? Go for some special Christmas recipes and surprise your family!

Glazed ham

Since it’s the season to be jolly, it’s time for us to bring something new this year to our Christmas table. Why not try some special Christmas recipes that will certainly bring joy not only to us, but also to our guests? You don’t have to be the most skilled chef in the world to cook these yummy recipes, but if you think this is not your calling, you should better order them. In any case, you should be ready to taste and enjoy them!

Hors d’Oeuvres. The Camembert cheese here will definitely make this recipe a special one, and one that not many choose to have on their Christmas dinner menu. You can be sure your guests will have a very pleasant surprise when they will discover the savor that lies hidden in this apparently basic recipe.

Bread, cheese and wine. Well, not exactly as they are, but if you place a piece of bread in a warm bowl of melted cheese mixed with white wine, you will discover a great recipe that will certainly make you rethink what you like and what you don’t.

Pears, blue cheese and prosciutto. Quite an unusual combination, but you’d be surprised to find out how many people actually like weird recipes. We think it’s one of the most interesting special Christmas recipes, one that you won’t find too often in people’s homes.

Ham glazed with mixes of spices and apricot preserves. Ham is not such a special ingredient and most definitely not a safe bet on the Christmas menu, but if you spoil it with a perfect mix of spices and add some apricot preserves, your taste buds will surely never want you to try anything else. Yummy!

Beef, tomatoes and garlic. Probably the easiest recipe on this list, since you only need to place the ingredients in a pan and put them in the oven until they are done (approx one hour). What makes it one of the special Christmas recipes is the combination between the sweetness of the tomatoes and the aggressive taste of the garlic, all with a delicious beef steak.

Pork and prunes. Another unusual combination, pork and prunes might actually be a surprise to you. Whether you use the prunes for the sauce or roll the pork around them, you can be sure this recipe won’t fail you and will certainly give you a tastegasm!

Fresh salad. No one thinks of making a fresh salad as a side dish on Christmas, but if you think it through, that might actually be a great idea. Everyone will be stuffed from all the complicated traditional dishes, so a fresh salad can be very refreshing and attractive.

Brussel sprouts. Even though everybody heads for meat dishes this time of the year, make your guests a surprise and roast Brussels sprout, oil, garlic and pecans together for a wonderful mix of great flavors. Don’t be set back by the fact that you don’t like one or two of the ingredients, if that’s the case. Just gather some courage and taste it, otherwise you’ll miss probably the best of the special Christmas recipes around!

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