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ginslinger Sun 09-Nov-14 18:34:48

About 6 months ag i ran out of bay leaves and I continued to cook my amazingly tasty and nutritious meals without bay leaves and none of my friends or family seem to have noticed. Does this mean i am safe in never buying bay leaves again or should I consider trading my friends and family in for people with a more discerning palate?

bigbluestars Sun 09-Nov-14 18:43:25

Ha ha love it. I lived with my BIL for several months in Itlay- he had a bay tree in his garden. Wonderful flavour. Dried bay leaves in this country taste of nothing. Much like many other dried herbs, curry leaves, dried basil, dried kaffir etc. In your position I would have a slightly larger G&T when cooking. Then such things don't matter so much. X

AesSedai Sun 09-Nov-14 18:43:49

I'd trade your friends and family - a stew is not a proper stew without bay leaves.

Thrif Sun 09-Nov-14 18:47:00

I'm with your family. I have never noticed the difference whether a bay leaf is included or not.

TheCowThatLaughs Sun 09-Nov-14 18:48:22

As a pp has said, if you use fresh bay, you will notice the difference

SqueezyCheeseWeasel Sun 09-Nov-14 18:48:27

I have a bay tree.

SqueezyCheeseWeasel Sun 09-Nov-14 18:49:22

Sorry, meant to say, I have a bay tree and use it fresh, it's much better

bigbluestars Sun 09-Nov-14 18:52:27

Sqeezy- do you grow it oudoors? I live in Scotland- I doubt it would survive our harsh wintes.

SlightlyNerdyPianist Sun 09-Nov-14 18:55:11

Oh FFS! . I read that as 'bin the baby'. confused

Phew.

Thrif Sun 09-Nov-14 18:56:29

Sigh. Just as I thought I'd learned Delia had taught me to cook. This, from her Complete Cookery Course "Fresh bay leaves, however, can impart a slightly bitter flavour, so this is a herb which is far better used dried."

NormaStits Sun 09-Nov-14 19:03:55

We have a bay tree and I never bother using the leaves. When my partner cooks she uses them and I can tell no difference whatsoever.

It grows outside but we're not in Scotland!

ginslinger Sun 09-Nov-14 19:06:54

I'm sorry Nerdy - were your judgy pants aflame?

Quangle Sun 09-Nov-14 19:10:12

I have long held that bay is an elaborate hoax on the middle classes.

ginslinger Sun 09-Nov-14 19:11:04

Yes Quangle -along with quinoa

TheSkiingGardener Sun 09-Nov-14 19:12:15

Fresh bay is brilliant in bechemel. Apart from that it can often be overwhelmed by other flavours.

ginslinger Sun 09-Nov-14 19:15:28

Right. I need a bay tree and a move to Italy. Why is life never simple hmm

SlightlyNerdyPianist Sun 09-Nov-14 19:16:39

Judgy pants? For being confused about binning a baby? grin

cardoon Sun 09-Nov-14 19:26:23

Scottish bay here - doing very well even after the shock and setback of winters 2010/11. I believe you should pick the leaves 4 days before you wish to use them for max flavour.

ginslinger Sun 09-Nov-14 19:27:28

Cardoon - that would involve epic meal planning surely grin

SauvignonBlanche Sun 09-Nov-14 19:30:47

We have a Bay tree, in the North West.

bigbluestars Sun 09-Nov-14 19:31:51

sauvignon- the NW? Where is that?

PinkOboe Sun 09-Nov-14 19:32:19

Bay trees grow like billio. My potted on kept having babies. I just pulled them off, stuck them in a pot, then the ground when they'd grown a bit and a few years later they're about 6 ft tall. I have to hack them back. They're tough and I'm sure they'd grow happily in Scotland

listsandbudgets Sun 09-Nov-14 20:33:11

another who read it as bin the "baby". Was all set to say YABU but having read the thread I think you'll get away with about the bay

ArtyKitty Sun 09-Nov-14 20:53:09

My dad had a lovely bay in his old dumfriesshire garden, which came from a cutting from a tree in our old house in Inverness. Scottish bays do just fine! X

BuilderMammy Sun 09-Nov-14 20:54:18

I'd never ditch bay, it's lovely in creamy sauces and I won't boil a ham without one. And I throw a couple into lost of casserole type dishes.

I must start growing it.

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