Hi from sunny Perth where things are still not quite hotting up as they normally do though I’m definitely not complaining.
I thought for our second blog that I’d have a little look at Sage. It’s a herb I’m aware of but don’t actually use much at all and as it figures in one of the new candle flavours we’re trying at the moment “Sage and Pomegranate”which smells fabulous, I thought I’d learn something about it and I’m impressed!
[Picture: Small Foodie Flavours tester candle with fresh sage and freshly squeezed pomegranate juice. If you like the pic, then Lucy said she did all the work. If you don't, it was all Nick.]
Sage is a part of the mint family of plants (Labitae) and has significant anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties due to its concentrations of rosmarinic acid and other antioxidant enzymes. Together these lead sage to be recommended as a seasoning in food for persons with inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and bronchial asthma [i].
First big tick and I’m thinking that may also translate into great for recovery from training too.
Not only is Sage a great anti-inflammatory and a great anti-oxidant, but published research has also shown it to be an outstanding memory enhancer, something which my girls would heartily recommend for me I’m sure. [ii] Am I the only one who increasingly needs to write everything down otherwise it’ll be gone from memory within the next 5 minutes? I’m going to put this sage stuff to the test.
Second big tick.
So how to use it?
There are clearly hundreds of recipe options and there’s one below that I am going to try during this next couple of weeks, but how about using sage in drinks too??!
Baked chicken with sage and parma ham
Take half a chicken breast, place 2 or 3 sage leaves on top, wrap in Parma ham, pack in foil, bake at 180°C (360°F). Open top side of package, pour in some dry white wine (NOTE: I’ll probably use some stock instead), and leave open in oven for 20 more minutes or until done.
Super simple: infuse hot water with a sage leaf (they’re quite strong). I’ve done this today and it’s really refreshing, plus it’s supposed to be great for sore throats too. I’m also hopeful that it’ll provide an immense memory boost so that I remember not to burble on too much in this blog.
[Picture: A genuinely refreshing cup of Sage tea. If you've not had it before, try it, you'll be pleasantly surprised]
Summer’s Coming (Cocktail)
This is a Foodie Flavours own recipe, adapted from the recipe “Zephyr” from www.baronedrinks.com. Perfect for those of us in the southern hemisphere as the weather warms up. For those of you further north, put the fire on, turn the heating up and just pretend!!
Muddle a small sage leaf in with some fresh lemon juice
Add that to 2 parts Bombay Sapphire Gin (other gins are available)
Small taste then add a little sugar if it’s too sharp or zingy for you.
Shake it all with ice and pour into a glass (sugared rim optional of course)
Add a stick of cucumber
Find a hammock or a comfy chair
Enjoy your drink and leave your cucumber stick until last :-)
Enough from us at this end, we'll see you again soon, have a brilliant week everyone and remember to take time to appreciate that little moment of magic which happens each and every day.