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Lamiaceae

Savory character

If you're used to British English, 'savory' will look like it's spelled wrong. But it's not 'savoury' without a 'u', it's a herb.

Sunday, 23 October, 2011, 12:00am

Skin deep

Hong Kong's humidity can leave you feeling a bit feral. But choose wisely and you'll be able to spritz, cleanse and moisturise your way towards a fresh, heavenly scented summer.

13 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

The Wow Factor

Refreshingly moisturised

21 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Savour flavour

Herbs are magical; they have the potential to turn good food into something great or awful. I'm not referring to the sprig of parsley or fresh coriander used strictly as garnish, to add a bit of green to an otherwise bland-looking plate. I'm talking about herbs used to give flavour to food, something to add layers and depth to a dish.

21 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Green patch

Fresh Italian basil is evocative of glorious Mediterranean summers. The glossy leaves have a distinctive scent and flavour that, for the cook, bring to mind visions of insalata Caprese (fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and basil leaves) and pesto (basil pounded in a mortar or pureed with garlic, pine nuts, olive oil and parmesan cheese).

29 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Raw and the cooked

An unhappy stint in advertising sent Priya Basil to her writing table; there for the next two years she crafted her debut novel, Ishq and Mushq, a multi-generational saga about a Sikh family.

9 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain . . . all will be explained

If a country is in debt, could it just print more money to pay it off?

Printing money to pay off debt sounds like a fantastic idea at first, but once you realise the complications involved, you will discover it is not such a good thing to do.

31 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Best buys

Some beautiful fresh soybeans (right) have come on to the market. These are young, tender, sweet and bright green - not old and dried out. They make an easy, healthy snack and they taste great. Blanch the whole pods in boiling water for about five minutes, then drain. While they're hot, sprinkle with coarse salt.

23 Jun 2000 - 12:00am

Armed forces deserve respect of community

In an ideal world where the scent of patchouli oil and the tinkle of love beads drifts through the air, J. Garner's anti-military sentiments (letter headlined, 'Beware militarism's effect on young minds', South China Morning Post, July 22) would hold ground.

Sadly, this ideal Shangri-La does not exist.

9 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

Boy! Rosemary wins but it's a close shave

FILIPINO beauty competitions often turn out to be occasions where boy meets girl and doesn't know about it.

26 May 1994 - 12:00am

Just Tasting

NOTHING tastes or smells like fresh herbs. The dried article is a far cry from the living, breathing specimen in intensity, depth of flavour and aroma. But fresh basil, thyme, oregano and rosemary are not always readily available, so what to do? Quite simply, when you see them, buy them. Not just what you need for dinner, but a big bunch. Then store them for next time.

15 May 1994 - 12:00am

Sprouting idea

GROW something. Start basil or lettuce plants from seeds sown under fluorescent lights that remain on 16 hours a day. Grow bean or other sprouts in a jar for a fast and tasty salad harvest.

Bring the tulip and crocus and daffodil bulbs out of cold storage.

Set the pots in a cool, dim spot for a few days, then bring them into the warmer living areas.

24 Jan 1994 - 12:00am