May 8, 2012
Dill is actually my favourite herb, I love an herb underdog like dill, it has so many great applications yet I feel is really underused in the kitchen. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is a love about it so much but I know if it’s in a dish I can instantly taste it and I love it.
Dill it not popular in all in Thai or Asian cooking which makes it a perfect herb to start with on the flavour creation front. I would love to create some fusion dishes that I think will work well with dill. Dill is used in parts of Laos and northern Thailand and I am hoping to discover some really great ways to use dill.
For me dill has such a fresh and clean taste and is extremely popular in eastern and northern European cuisine, which not unsurprisingly is nothing like Thai food at all. Dill grows well in North Eastern Europe and also around the Mediterranean and is its uses extend through the Middle East and is used in numerous dishes in Persian cooking.
I am a big food person, my father is from Sicily so I get that from his side of the family, I not only love Thai food but all sorts of international cuisine, I am a massive fan of Italian, Polish and Russian food, I love their hearty meat and potato dishes perfect to get you through a cold hard winter.
Dill compliments many hearty heavy Polish and Russian dishes by making them lighter and more fragrant; a sprinkle of dill over some boiled potatoes is all you need. You’ll also find dill used it Swedish cooking to make gravlax to go with smoked salmon.
What I want to achieve with dill is to find a suitable Thai recipe that dill will really enhance; I’m currently thinking a nice light fish dish, then I want to create a dill sauce that will work well with several hot or cold Thai dishes. I would love other people to try these out and see what they think of my fusion ideas. I think dill works really well with cucumber and cucumber is a very popular addition to Thai food.