Hi, my name is Jill Falls and while professionally I'm a qualified interior designer, my passion is growing and cooking herbs.
I'd like to share with you my herb story. As I grew up in Melbourne, I remember my mother using a variety of herbs in her cooking. Herbs weren't easy to buy in those days so she grew them in pots on the window sill and picked from them as she needed. They fascinated me, each with its own pungent smell, and how they would turn a bland dish into something delicious.
Later in life, I bought a small hydroponic farm and grew salad greens and all the most common culinary herbs, selling them at the local farmer's markets and talking and educating my customers about what they were buying and how to use them.
I would like to unravel the mystery of herbs for those who would love to know how to use them in their cooking and also how to grow and cultivate them in pots or in a herb garden.
If you're the one who cooks the family meals or puts together the salads for the summer BBQ, you will smile to yourself when you hear their compliments.
"What is the flavour in this dish? It's delicious."
I love the subtle taste combinations that you can get from using the right herb or spice with whatever you're cooking and, of course fresh from your own garden tastes just so much better.
There are many health benefits to be gained from herbs as well. They have been used in Eastern medicine for generations and many of our modern drugs simply imitate what grows naturally.