Cornersmith’s winter bouillon

This recipe is a ‘sister recipe’ to the Cornersmith Salad. The aim of this recipe is to use up the excess vegetable parts – carrot tops, fennel tops, spinach stems, parsley stems etc. The recipe can be varied with the seasons by adding what you have on hand.

Fresh from the garden: leeks, fennel, carrots, parsley, mint, coriander, onions
Recipe source: Alex and Jamie at Cornersmith Café, Marrickville
Makes: about 20 medium to large jars


  • Jars and lids
  • Large oven tray
  • Paper towel
  • Scales
  • Chopping boards& knives
  • Large bowls
  • Wooden spoons
  • Food processor
  • Funnel

  • 1kg brown onion
  • 1kg leeks
  • 1kg fennel, including tops
  • 1kg Dutch carrots
  • 1kg celery
  • Carrot tops
  • 4 bunches parsley
  • 2 bunches mint
  • 2 bunches coriander
  • 200 sundried tomatoes
  • 2 heads garlic
  • 1kg fine cooking salt

What to do:

  • Preheat the oven to 140C.
  • Wash the jars and lids in hot soapy water, rinse well and drain upside down.
  • Place all the jars onto an oven tray, right side up, and slide into the oven to sterilize for 15 mins.
  • Dry lids with a clean piece of paper towel.
  • Wash (and scrub if needed) all the vegetables and herbs. Peel the onion & garlic, and carrots if needed.
  • Using the large knife, chop all ingredients into medium sized chunks.
  • In a large bowl, mix the ingredients thoroughly with the salt so it is mixed in evenly.
  • In batches if necessary, add the ingredients to the food processor.
  • Process into a thick paste.
  • Put the funnel into the top of the sterilized jars.
  • Fill the jars and seal tightly.

Notes:This is used as a replacement to stock: one or two teaspoons dissolved in 500ml boiling water. It can be added to stews and soups or any meals that need a boost of flavour.

Bouillon will last for 6 months unopened and stored in a cool dark place. Once opened,it will last for 3 months in the fridge.

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