On Sun, 29 Jul 2012 07:03:25 -0400, Gary <email@example.com> wrote:
>I'm out of them and need to buy some this week.
>Then I got to wondering just how important are they in many recipes that
>call for them. Just how much flavor actually comes out of one? Wouldn't
>think that a bay leaf or two would do all that much to a gallon of soup.
>I read that they "are somewhat similar to oregano and thyme," (tastewise) so
>I guess you could substitute a little of one or both of those in a pinch.
>Interesting other uses for bay leaves too. 2 examples:
>"Bay leaves can also be scattered in a pantry to repel meal moths,
> flies, roaches, and silverfish."
>"In the Elizabethan era, some people believed pinning bay leaves
> to one's pillow on the eve of Saint Valentine's Day would permit
> one to see one's future spouse in a dream."
>All of the above quotes came from:
>You might want to read that. It's a short but interesting rundown of the bay
>PS - the bushes grow wild like weeds on the Outer Banks of NC. Every time I
>went on a surfing trip to Cape Hatteras, I would always stop along the road
>and pick a big bag of leaves. It was a nice bonus to a fun surfing trip.
They grow readily as a house plant - I keep mine trimmed into a puff
ball shape by nipping out any shoots, newly picked have far more
flavour than dried.