A great way to pass the thyme!

People taking part in Incredible Edible Todmorden's Herb Day quiz at Todmorden Health Centre, March 2011
People taking part in Incredible Edible Todmorden's Herb Day quiz at Todmorden Health Centre, March 2011

LAST Saturday saw IET’s first big event of the year and it was all about celebrating spring in the Apothecary Garden by the car park at the health centre.

Thanks to the support of Todmorden Health Centre and IET Apothecary Group, a major part of the Health Centre grounds is now given over to healing herbs.

IET’s fabulous website which is our window to the world now has a great section dedicated to this – with recipes, blogs and a herb of the month - which gave us a perfect excuse for a get-together.

Lots of people turned out, despite the chill, to sample delicious herby foods cooked by Tony Mulgrew from the High School, keen chef Micheala Booth and inspirer Pauline Mullarkey.

They all cooked furiously over hot stoves so everyone could be inspired by their herby delights. They offered top tips and recipes to inspire anyone to get cooking with herbs. And Tod residents volunteered their own herbilicious meals for others to share.

Herbalist specialists were there to give advice and information and we had loads of cakes and baked goods, all with herb ingredients, baked by our growing band of active volunteers. A herby quiz saw lots of our youngsters exploring the apothecary garden and learning all about how to spot a healing herb.

In our herbilicious dish competition first place went to Lynne Midwinter for her “spot on” carrot and coriander soup, with prizes also for Ben Campbell’s Pesto and Andrew Lane’s more-ish Bacon Floddies.

In the herb garden quiz Maggie Griffiths was overall winner, and joint children’s winners were Abigail and Tyler Platt.

If you want to be involved in any way with IET then contact our food inspirers Debbie or Pauline.

Phone 07736 683 268 or email pauline@incredible-edible-todmorden.co.uk

l YOU can email your tips for herbilicious meals to todnews@todmordennews.co.uk