I miss my all year round herb garden in Africa. I have struggled to nurture my herb enthusiasm. My seedlings froze soon after I transplanted them at the end of May.
Coriander is a must for my indian dishes. Indian settlers moved to South Africa in the late 1800s and into Zambia ( Northern Rhodesia) and Zimbabwe ( Southern Rhodesia) in the early 1900s. When my mother went to school in then Northern Rhodesia, coloured or mixed race children and Indians shared the same schools, so naturally she adopted some of their food culture. The first meal I was taught to cook, was an indian vegetable curry with aubergines, green beans, peas and potatoes.
Tea drinking, a culture passed down from the English colonial era, lives on in me. A herbal infusion or fresh herb tea, made from one sprig of rosemary, mint, parsley and thyme (or any herbs of your choice) brewed for a couple of minutes, is a fresh way to start any morning or to end an exhausting day.