Cooking with stuff grown in my backyard
From my tumblr page, curated while living in South Africa
I’ve been living among loads of wild chives and didn’t even know it!
Many times we’ve mistaken the chive plants for Scallion but we always end up saying “naah” because a chive leaf is flat and almost looks like a grass.
But one morning, when I was digging out weeds from the other things we have planted, that smell was too pungent to disobey. I tasted it and sure enough, the taste was something related to the onion/escallion family. A quick google search turned up chives and we’ve been cooking with them ever since. There a whole bunch of them planted all over our yardspace.
We pick, wash and cut them up small as a seasoning for flavouring our pots, and flavour it does. You dont have to use much to get a whole bang of taste.
You know how much time wi nuh have nuh onion or garlic and dont know that its as simple as a walk out back? Now i see chives everywhere. They are a popular decorative plant in northern Joburg and their pretty purple flowers shoot up in all their glory.