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The hectic holidays are calming down! The seasonal activities like studying seed catalogs, carpentry, skiing and such, as well as koji and miso making are back on the agenda.

First out is a standard rice miso.

With a little jar of experimental thyme tamari. That is – the remaining miso mix with added water and dryed thyme.

Yet another herb miso – this time with my barley koji, italian soybeans and atlantic seasalt and of course home grown herbs.

I had to shuck some more of last years thyme.

Cook and mix it all.

And wait a while.

The jar in the front had quite a bit of empty space, so I put a dried chili pepper in and some 20% salt water to top it off, hoping to get some spicey tamari 2 years hence.

This time with herbs.

Sweet basil gets alot of protection and watering this year of the long hot summer and is growing like never before.

One of my favorite herbs, I need a lot. Along with thyme and oregano, it makes up my version of the herbs of provence, which I use it in my herb miso as well as a score of other recipes.

Lots of herbs to dry. 


Some of the herbs need to be started early, especially the ones that germenate slowly, are very small and take a long time to get going – like basil, thyme, chamomile etc.  

 

Oregano is a problem too. I always seem to get the wrong kind, so I am trying several and will watch over them better to find out which is best this time. 

Many people start tomatoes and peppers early, but I don’t have enough space, warmth and lighting for them, so I will buy plants from others who do. 

Later I’ll sow a number of salads, brassica, etc for planting out in May, and June, and a couple weeks after that I’ll start pumpkins, maize, etc for planting out in June. Hopefully everything will be just the right size when the weather is perfect for planting out in the crop circles. 

Now for a batch of Herb Miso
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To the usual 2 year rice miso, I add some home grown herbs. This time; basil, thyme, oregano and some garlic to be fermented along with the swedish eco soybeans, rice koji and salt.

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Probably the last miso this season, I made a larger batch with 1 kilo of Chinese organic soybeans, 1 kilo of rice koji and 460 gm seasalt. After the ordinary washing, soaking, boiling and grinding, I mixed all the ingredients and grinded some more, and then put about half into a 2 liter jar.

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The remaining portion got an additional mix of herbs to make an herbal miso. I mixed in garlic, thyme, rosemary, oregano, sage and basil, and put it into jars.

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Todays result. Now to wait 2 years for the fermentation to do it’s wonders.

In the meantime there is a lot of watering, weeding and building on the gothic greenhouse to do. And next week we take a vacation to the far north for some camping and hiking etc.

Soon after the snow melts away in the early spring, we can find herbs sprouting, like nettles, chives, garlic and parsley, for early seasoning. Now all the herbs are in full growth and starting to flower.

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It is time to pick and dry for later use. Here are my favorite culinary herbs spread out to dry.

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Thyme, sage, oregano, basil and rosemary.

Soon I’ll be making another batch of herb miso, using this combination plus garlic.

Fresh herbs are best, but for a month now we have been collecting and drying many herbs for use the rest of the year.

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Oregano, thyme and basil

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The list is long. My favorites are garlic and basil, and also the South France mix ‘Herbes de Provence’. My mix includes thyme, basil and oregano as the base with perhaps some sage and rosemary.

These herbs are used, of course, in a lot of cooking but also as a flavoring in pickles (with dill) and in my herbal miso.

Many of the herbs have gone wild like these oregano among the peonies and roses.

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Or is it marjoram? I’m always unsure. I just make sure to pick the strongest smelling stuff.