I love lavender honey, I make my own two times a year,
Galangal and orange are great together with scale fish and pork.
Cardamom and chocolate.Sweet woodruff and craked black peper in a sorbert.Try Salad burnet with toasted walnuts and roll the nuts and herb on olive oil drizzeled fresh goat cheese,Winter purslane is great in stir frys, I believe it may be called miners lettuce out west.nigella in curries.fenugreek also in curries or chutneys.mace and vanilla go well with eachother as well.
My father in laws birthday is may first (May Day)They have sweet wodruff growning on there property. So I used to take a semi sweet wine and add a woodruff infused simple syrup to the wine and some sliced strawberry and it taste like may wine.The woodruff has a slightly sweet, peppery charactor to it,so one year i decided to make this sorbet and float it in the may wine for my father in law
I just had Lemon Verbena Ice Cream, which was fabulous. (The same place had Basil a few weeks ago.) Didn't ask how they did it, but I suppose the hot milk/cream for the creme anglaise base was infused with the herbs, then strained before tempering the egg yolks. It looked like plain vanilla, but, wow, what a different flavor!
Suzanne, the recipe I have for Lemon Verbena Ice Cream says that because lemon verbena loses flavor when heated, the lemon verbena is ground with sugar and stirred into cooled milk that has been infused with fresh ginger. To keep it light and vibrant tasting, it contains no egg yolks, and for extra tang, sour cream or creme fraiche replaces heavy cream.
I absolutely love Screwpine and Coconut. I've did a Basil and Vanilla Custard filling for Angel Food Cake which went over quite well. Pineapple and Pepper Sorbet. All of that's been done before, who am I kidding
hi, at my resturant i make tons of unique flavor combinations some of my favorites are honey tyme, honey rosemary, my own marsala spice blend with white chocolate, my newest creation was a signature flavor because of the resturant name so i made white chocolate cherry basil.basil is also great with strawberries and lavender is fabulous with strawberries. My next combo i want to try is hibiscuss flowers with white chocolate i think the tang will go great with the sweet of the chocolate and the color i hope will be a soft pink. I'll let you know how it goes.
Since others have posted non-herb combinations I don't feel the need for restraint! Try a combination of Cumin, Cinnamon and Lemon juice for your next salad. This is a surprising combination from the Middle East!
here is some that is different...
I do it on ocassion, just for s+g's: cayanne and thyme sorbet, basil and goat cheese mousse. Black pepper, strawberry, goatcheese amus gal, or green apple and brie crustini with shaved fennel and champagne redux.