The New May Herbs on Saturday Blog Challenge ~ Win a copy of The Herb Garden for Cooks Book

~ The New May Herbs on Saturday Blog Challenge ~

Win  a copy of The Herb Garden for Cooks Book

The Cook's Herb Garden

Due to popular demand, I am starting up my Herbs on Saturday Recipe Sharing Blog Challenge again……a simple and easy way to share recipes throughout the month and also a chance to learn new ways to cook with herbs, as well as discover new blogs and blogger chums! I will be hosting this blog challenge every month now, and there will be a special page dedicated to this event at the top of my blog, where you can check past month’s recipes, the round-ups and also the guidelines about how to enter.  I am happy for people to guest host this event………so if you fancy hosting this one month, please email me or tweet me! Cooking with herbs is normal for me; I have always cooked with herbs, they enhance a recipe and are also beneficial to health…..I am a proud owner of a walled herb garden, where I grow most of my own herbs, specialising in heirloom and old fashioned herbs of which my favourites are lavender and lovage!
Auberge Blend – Herbes de Provence

Auberge Blend – Herbes de Provence

All you have to do to enter is add your ANY recipe that you have made throughout the week to the linky below, and NOT just recipes that have been made on a Saturday; at the end of each month I will post a round up and ask a “special blogger” to choose their favourite recipe from the ones that have been posted, and the recipe that is chosen will win a COOKBOOK! This month’s book is the LOVELY The Herb Garden for Cooks Book which is published by Dorling Kindersley. Here’s a little more information about this informative book:

The practical, plot-to-plate guide to growing and cooking with herbs successfully

 From Basil to Vervain, this photographic catalogue of more than 130 culinary herbs will teach you everything you need to know on nurturing, harvesting and cooking with herbs.

 Delve into this little book to find notes on herb flavours, the best growing conditions, storage and how to use them in the kitchen. There are inspirational planting schemes for window boxes and pots including Mediterranean, Everyday Essentials and Salad Herbs.

 Packed with more than 70 delicious recipes for rubs and marinades, sauces and salsas, flavoured butters, cordials, syrups, teas and tisanes, plus charts on best herb-with-food flavour combinations.

To get you in the Herbs mood, I am sharing one of my most popular recipes with you now, Herbes de Provence; you can read more about this recipe here: Auberge Blend – Herbes de Provence for Herbs on Saturday & my Famous Photo! The recipe is posted below, and this famous herbal mix is a “must” for so many dishes and recipes, and it also makes a wonderful gift for a foodie friend .  So, DO join in, this event will run until the end of May, and the guidelines about how to enter are below.

Auberge Blend – Herbes de Provence

Serves 1 small jar
Prep time 5 minutes
Region French
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
There are numerous recipes for this famous herb mixture from the South of France. As a rule, it always contains thyme, lavender, rosemary, basil, savory, marjoram and basil, but it DOES vary from area to area depending on local tastes.


  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon marjoram
  • 1 tablespoon dried summer savory
  • 1 tablespoon dried chervil
  • ½ tablespoon rosemary
  • 1 -2 teaspoon dried lavender flowers
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf, crumbled


  • fennel seeds
  • dried sage


There are numerous recipes for this famous herb mixture from the South of France. As a rule, it always contains thyme, lavender, rosemary, basil, savory, marjoram and basil, but it DOES vary from area to area depending on local tastes.


Step 1 Mix all the herbs together in a large bowl.
Step 2 Put the herbs in a jar with a screw top lid and shake together once again.
Step 3 Make sure it is well sealed and store away from direct sunlight in a cool, dark and dry area.
Step 4 Use in all types of French cooking, on barbeques and grills, roast meats and poultry, sprinkle onto salads, in baked breads and gratins, pizzas and hot breads, kebabs and brochettes -- the list is endless!

Herbs on Saturday for May

Guidelines how to enter:

1. Post your recipe url to the Linky below, including your email and the title of your recipe or post. The closing date is 30th May.

2. Display the Herbs on Saturday badge  (as shown above and below) to the relevant recipe post, with a link back to this post here.

3. Add as many recipe links as you like, there is NO limit and the recipes and posts can be from any day, NOT just Saturday!

4. If you tweet your post, please mention #herbsonsaturday and @KarenBurnsBooth in your tweet – I will retweet all that I see.

5. The recipe can be one of your own or one you’ve seen elsewhere.  You are welcome to republish old recipes/posts but please add the information about this challenge as listed above with the Herbs on Saturday badge.

6. A guest blogger will choose their favourite recipe at the end of each month, and the winner of that recipe will receive the book that has been featured for that month.

Herbs on Saturday

Have FUN and let’s Get Herby!



  1. says

    WOW! LOVE your recipe thanks Lucy! Keep them coming…..if that one is anything to go by, they will all be stunners! Thanks so much for entering into May’s Herbs on Saturday Challenge! Karen :-)

  2. says

    Another great idea…although I think I might need to give up work and concentrate on blogging challenges full time! I’ll have to have a think and see what herb related baking recipes I can come up with! :-)

    • says

      Thanks Laura! This is JUST an easy and casual blogging challenge, any recipes that have ANY herbs in them can be submitted to the linky and I will post a round up at the end of the month……I bet most people will have cooked with herbs sometime during the month! Anything that you come up with will be FABULOUS Laura!

    • says

      NO Dave! They have RAISED the standard…..I LOVE them and THANKS so much for adding them to May’s Herbs on Saturday event! :-) Karen

  3. says

    I already have a recipe planned that will fit nicely for this! I’m so glad you brought back this challenge – the book looks really good too! fingers crossed x

  4. Jane Willis says

    My blog is very new with only a few posts, but a friend suggested I join in as I’ve just posted a VERY herby recipe! So I’ve aded my “Better a dinner of herbs….” to the linky – hope I did it right!

  5. says

    Was so happy when I saw this challenge as my latest ice cream fits in perfectly. It’s not just mint, not even double mint but oh yes, triple mint choc chip ice cream. We grow our own, and have lots more herb seeds to plant this year, so will be seeking ideas of what to do with them all!

    • says

      Just seen and commented on your wonderful triple mint entry! I LOVE mint and use it in savoury and sweet dishes and your ice cream looks lush! Thanks for entering it into Herbs on Saturday!

  6. says

    I love using herbs in cooking and experimenting with them in baking. Mint is my favourite. Look forward to taking part in the future as well. Hope you like the falafel post I’ve submitted which used parsley(cilantro)and coriander.

    • says

      THANKS so much for your Falafel post Sadia, I LOVED your photos and I have The Arab Table too….so a great recipe! I am delighted to have a regular participant, it is a great challenge and most of us cook with herbs, so a great way to share recipes. Karen

    • says

      BRILLIANT thanks so much…..I LOVE the sound of your cucumber salad, and I will be over to check it out in a minute, thanks for entering the Herbs challenge.


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