Dilly Dally…

My dill is doing very well in my garden, flourishing away and it sure comes in handy every time I want to cook what we call pa’is ikan

Pa'is ikan buris
*Archive photo*

…or fish wrapped in leaves and grilled over hot charcoal or in my case, in the oven. Incidentally, I’ve tried doing the same thing with udang galah (freshwater prawns) but it turned out somewhat disappointing, nowhere near as nice as with fish, ikan buris especially.

Sometime ago, I noticed that it had started flowering…

Dill, flowering

…and when I shared a photograph on Facebook, somebody said that it would fly all over the place and make such a mess in the event of there being any wind but no, it…

Dill flowers, close up 1

…did not happen that way and is always a delight to look at – those elegant little white flowers…

Dill flowers, close up 2

…on the branches. I went and googled and much to my surprise, though the plant and leaves look the same, the flowers are quite different from the dwarf variety grown in temperature countries.

But talking about the wind, one night, there was a storm and it broke one of the branches of my dill plant so I had no choice but to cut it off. I did not want to throw it away so I trimmed the branch and stuck the cuttings in a bottle of water…

Dill in a bottle

…and much to my surprise, they did survive for a long while and no, the flowers remained and did not fall off and eventually they started to dry up…

Dill flowers, dried 1

I must say that it looks rather nice even when dried…

Dill flowers, dried 2

…and makes a beautiful display of dried flowers for the house, don’t you think?

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