Living in a small town suits me right down to the ground. Most of the time…
It’s on the occasions when I need a specialty ingredient for baking or cooking and I have to drive an hour down to Jacksonville to get it, that my love begins to wane.
By no means do I consider Herbes de Provence a specialty ingredient, but it apparently isn’t in huge demand here, which is why I had to stop being lazy and make my own.
Knowing how to create your own herb blends is not only useful when you run out (as was the case here), but it also saves a lot of money, especially when you first start cooking and are building a collection of herbs. Herbes de Provence is one of my favorites because of the blend of flavors – the smell of a Provencal-style roast chicken in the oven is pretty close to unbeatable.
The combination of herbs typically found in Herbes de Provence depends on the brand you buy, but usually includes a combination of ingredients that grow around Provence, like thyme, rosemary, sage, basil, marjoram, oregano.
I add lavender to mine because of the earthy smell, but also because I dated this kid in high school whose mother was from France and she sounded SO sexy when she said lavender. Now I use it whenever I can because I like to say it too. Although I have a terrible French accent and it doesn’t sound nearly as charming coming out of my mouth…
Herbes de Provence
2 ½ tsp. dried thyme
2 ½ tsp. dried rosemary
2 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried tarragon
1 tsp. dried savory
1 tsp. crushed lavender
Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl and store in an airtight container.