Labneh in Herb Oil with Guest Blogger Karon Grieve

If you throw yourself into networking, one of the best things you will discover about blogging is that it can open an endless source of new people for you to meet.  But, as is the case in all environments requiring social interaction, you will meet bloggers, who although share something in common with you will simply and forever remain people to greet and move on from.  Then there are others who from the very first moment delight you with their humour and make you marvel at their experience.  They fill you up with the warmth of friendship and this is the kind of blogger friend that becomes a treasure.

Karon and I met in Ireland where we both attended Plate to Page.  We shared a house {and together with Photogirl and Amee} too many bottles of Prosecco and some wonderful chats.  I can tell you that despite the prim and professional looking Karon you see below in front of her Aga, this lady is ridiculously fun and will make you laugh till your belly hurts.

I am delighted to welcome Karon, my favourite Scot, to Pomegranate Days.  Karon has four published books; So Easy Herbal, So Easy Christmas, Simply Scottish Cakes & Bakes and A Wee Taste Of Scotland (the latter due for publication in November this year).   Karon also writes for various magazines we will never see or hear about, but its still a pretty big deal.

When I think of Karon I always think of her in a rustic farmhouse on Walton’s Hill in the Ayrshire Countryside.  I imagine her daughter Idgy and her great menagerie of cows, sheep and chickens peacefully going about their day while Karon runs wildly around the farm protesting her ever failing internet connection, painting her house obscure colours and making wonderful things to put in jars, with or without a glass of wine nearby.

Welcome Karon!

Hi I’m Karon from Larder Love and I’m thrilled to be visiting here at Pomegranate Days and to be able to share one of my recipes and a bit of fun news with you.

To celebrate the launch of my new Bookette, Gourmet Gifts For Christmas (available from my web site and the Ebook version which is available now on Amazon Kindle I am hosting a Bloggers Challenge on my web site from Monday 4th – Monday 18th November.


It is all about Foodie Gifts and I’d like everyone to share their favourite foodie gift idea (from homemade drinks to cookies, jams, pickles, jellies and preserves, anything you can eat or drink in the gifty department) with a recipe and photo (just one each please).

On the 18th I’ll get a guest blogger to choose their favourite and the winner will receive a paperback copy of my Gourmet Gifts For Christmas. All the entrants will then have their photos and links to their blogs and recipes listed on my blog Larder Love during the build up to Christmas.

Gourmet Gifts For Christmas contains 26 recipes for fabulous foodie gifts from Brambly Apple Gin and Vin D’Orange to Salt and Pepper Shortbread, Carrot Cake Jam and oils, vinegars and candies. It is fully illustrated throughout with my own photographs and has chapters on handy hints and tips for preserving, packing like a pro and even a download link for labels and tags that you can print out and use on your own gourmet gifts.

Everyone loves receiving something homemade, it shows how much you care for the recipient that you took the time and trouble to make something especially for them. A gift of food is even more special, something that can be enjoyed and shared, savoured and remembered long after the festive season is over.

Here is a simple recipe for Labneh in Herb Oil (from my new Ebook and Bookette Gourmet Gifts For Christmas) which makes an excellent gift when presented in a nice chunky jar with maybe a packet of good homemade crackers as well.

Labneh in Herb Oil
  • What you need
  • 500g/1lb 2oz natural Greek yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground dried garlic
  • Olive oil
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 dried chilli
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint and chives
  1. Mix the salt and garlic powder with the yogurt and spoon this onto a square of muslin big enough to tie up into a bag to hold the yogurt.
  2. Suspend this over a bowl in the fridge and leave it to drain for 24 hours.
  3. Roll the resulting cheese into walnut sized balls and roll these in the chopped mint and chive mixture.
  4. Pack the cheese balls gently into a sterilised jar and add all the herbs and spices.
  5. Pour over the olive oil making sure the cheese is completely submerged.
  6. Cover with a close fitting lid and set aside in the fridge for 24 hours for the flavours to develop.
  7. This will keep in the fridge for 3 weeks.

Huge thanks to Sam for inviting me on to her blog and letting me share all this with you.

Merry Christmas when it comes!

Karon x’s

Thank you my dearest Karon, a wee virtual visit with you is better than none at all.

So bloggers and friends of Pomegranate Days, get your thinking caps on and get those foodie gift ideas uploaded because Karon’s Foodie Gift Challenge starts TODAY!

Click HERE to get to Karon’s site Larder Love and she will explain the easy peasy way to link up.  Because I know you will want a pretty picture to put on you blog to show everybody that you are taking part in this fun challenge, Karon made you this, so grab it:


It is rather disconcerting to think that its only about 8 weeks to Christmas, but nonetheless; Ho Ho Ho!


1 Comment on Labneh in Herb Oil with Guest Blogger Karon Grieve

  1. Karon
    November 4, 2013 at 11:06 am (6 years ago)

    Aw Sam I am blushing at your lovely comments about me. You are a total star, not just as a blogger but as a wonderful friend. We must all meet again, Ireland seems so long ago now, we learned a lot, drank a lot and laughed even more.
    K x


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