I am in love with bay. . I used to be completely underwhelmed by it – dried up, old leaves that I’d put in a stew, not really knowing what they imparted. . But since growing and drying it myself, I’m amazed by its sweet, spicy and intoxicating smell. I ground some for my bacon cure last week and I’ve taken to putting it in the pan when I fry any combination of onions/mushrooms/garlic/fennel. . Here are some Tuscan #fegatelli with veg and bay leaves. I stood over the cast iron pan like I had glue on my slippers, breathing in deeply. . And talking with @farmandhearth I now know that, along with being an anti-inflammatory, it aids protein digestion. . If you haven’t, give it a go next time you fry. It’s quite wonderful.