Within The Merry Widow, you will find this gem… the Cape May Olive Oil Company. I lost track of the many delicious olive oils we had sampled on toast; a few standouts… truffles, onion, garlic, citrus blends. Finally I decided on an Italian Herb and a packet of dried herbs to be mixed together as part of a savory appetizer. I don’t need house guests as an excuse to indulge you know ;). We warmed slices of hero bread a couple of nights in a row to accompany this fantastic duo. I really have to buy more once we are out! Also some lucky couple in our family is also going to receive a Tuscan Herb version as part of a holiday gift. I almost forgot to say… their Tarragon Honey Mustard has been highly delightful condiment on shrimp and I can’t wait to pair it with other foods! Feast your eyes below ;)!
This year I just couldn’t wait to rush down to our local nursery to buy herbs for my window boxes. It was still quite chilly and windy that day but a few days later, true Spring weather began, to my relief. Herbs are so thirsty for water; they practically should be watered daily and of course they enjoy as much sun as they can soak in! I bought a variety of mints (planned for teas), chives, lavender, parsley, etc. Someone recommended to grow cilantro and arugula from seeds. They are gradually growing but really behind the curve so I’m a little anxious and hope they will turn out okay. Of course I’d rather see them flourish. I’m always so happy at the sight of the first little blooms after winter. My crocuses and hyacinths are always the first ones to return. There’s nothing quite like looking out the window and spotting an exciting new bloom. This year was especially a treat because my lilac plant of five years finally had its very first flower. I’m still waiting for the peonies to bloom. They will eventually… Patience. I know they will.