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  1. Custard is one of those Marmite things ... you either love it or hate it .... here on the Herb Boat we are BIG custard fans .... sweet and savoury (oh yes, you can make savory custards). 

    Vanilla custard is popular, but you can infuse your milk and cream with almost any herb or spice. The recent Masterchef finals featured a Star Anise infused custard. Bay leaves were often used in sweet dishes in the past, and Bay custard (or even Bay Leaf Ice-cream) is enjoying a renewed popularity. Just infuse 3 or 4 bay leaves in your warm milk and cream mix for 15 minutes, and remove before adding egg yolks. 

     bay custard

    Or how about a savoury, cheesy bread and butter pudding with Rosemary or Basil infused custard ....

    Or add dried flowers or petals .... Lavender, Rose .... the possbilities are endless ....

    Herb Boat re-usable tea / spice bags can be used so you don't have to strain the milk / cream infusion. These handy little bags are made from unbleached cotton and are £1 for two bags.

    There are many basc custard recipes online, this one from the BBC website gives basic proportions .... you can replace some of the milk with sngle cream, and omit the vanilla and sugar if you want to try savoury custards.

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    Coltsfoot, "Britsh Tobacco", is flowering well on the Rochdale Canal ... and soon will get it's leaves. A great time to pick and dry your own ... or you can purchase both leaves and flowers from The Herb Boat ( Flowers 15g for £1 or Leaves 20g for £1 p&p £1.50) 

    Coltfoot has long been regarded as nature's best cough remedy. Taken either as a tea, or, bizarrely, smoked, it has expectorant properties and has been used to treat asthma and bronchitis. Coltsfoot forms the basis of many commercial cough mixtures and herbal "tobacco substitutes". The Herb Boat "English Haze" herb blend combines Coltsfoot leaves wth other native herbs, like Mugwort, Elderflowers, Mullein, that have been smoked, and a smidgeon of honey. These can be drunk as a tea because smoking is blatently bad for you. Contact me for a full stock list until I finish virtually filling the virtual shop.

    Used externally, it is said to sooth skin irritations like eczema and insect bites. Magically, it is used in love and tranquility spells.

    It is an unusual plant in that it flowers before the leaves appear. 




    The legal stuff .... please read my statement on the Medical Use of Herbs and Spices. 

  3. So The Herb Boat has made National Television ... I know ... how exciting!! 

    Well, I am only in the background, for about two seconds. BBC's The One Show were in Manchester on "The Vote Boat", doing a piece about registering to vote. It was so busy at Castlefields, they had to moor against me and clamber over my boat to get the film crew ashore! 

    And remember, it doesn't matter who you vote for, the government still gets in 

    TTFN Bunny

  4. At last, I have put together a very dodgy looking website ... I am still working on the online shop front, to make sure you pay the minimum postage costs, but in the meantime just contact me for a current stock list for mail order.

    I am currently in Manchester, on the Bridgewater Canal. This is privately owned, so my license does not allow me to trade here, but watch out for me soon on the Rochdale canal 


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