Simple Dried Herb Marinade

The Fruit & Veg Stall Trader secretly had added a bunch of dried Rosemary & Thyme. To a bag of small potatoes. That I bought last week at the Farmer’s Market. This gentle gesture made me create a Marinade. With a Soul

Time to prepare: 15 min.

Min. time to store before serving: 4 hours

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Store for 2 weeks in closed jar or container

Hout Ba, South Africa

When I pass along a garden filled with herbs. Like Lavender, Sage, Rosemary or Thyme. I sense this subtle aroma. That is difficult to describe. Probably it’s a mix of flowers and sun burn. That I automatically associate with the Mediterranean. I took this photo of a garden nearby Cape Town. That is far from the Med. But when it comes to good food. A great alternative to visit. In case you would like to have this sensory experience on a plate, I would recommend to make this marinade. For meat, shrimps, chicken, potatoes or a bean salad. Check for BBQ ideas below in the post


  • 3 sprigs of dried rosemary
  • 5 sprigs of dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt
  • 1 knob of garlic
  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • Optional: freshly grounded pepper


  • a pestle and mortar 
  • a grater (to grate knob of garlic)
  • a Jar with Lid (to store leftover)

BBQ Ideas

marinate (list with options)

Cooked Potatoes


  1. Grate knob of garlic
  2. Add garlic pulp to the mortar 
  3. Remove all leaves from sprigs
  4. Add leaves to the mortar
  5. Add Oil, Salt to the mortar
  6. Use your pestle and crush leaves
  7. Make circles with your pestle and scrape the inner side of your mortar
  8. With this trick you blend oil, herbs and spices
  9. Taste and season with optional freshly grounded pepper
  10. Be informed that this marinade will get a salty taste after a day’s rest in a closed jar
  11. Pour your marinade in a jar
  12. Close it 
  13. Store in fridge for at least 4 hours
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