Don't you hate it when the recipe you're making only requires half the bunch of coriander you bought from, in my case, Woolieworths? I diligently wrap the remainder and place it carefully in the crisper drawer of the fridge. Don't we all?
Then, in a few weeks' time, I find a green slimy mass pretending to have once been coriander lurking at the bottom of said crisper drawer. Shame and guilt reign supreme. How could I have let this happen? How could I be so wasteful? How could my fridge conceal such an atrocity!
Well, it happened again and I got to pondering ...
Friends had chopped the tops off slimy spring onions, planted the slimy roots and, within a short period of time, new, fresh, un-slimy growth had appeared! They now have an on-going supply of non-slimy spring onions. Chop off the tops, leave the roots in the soil and a never ending, garden-fresh supply of spring onions sprouts forth. Think of the millions to be saved! Think of the overseas holidays to be had on the savings! Well ... maybe not.
So, I thought, why could I not try this with my slimy coriander? Might I never have to buy coriander again?
And I did. I chopped off the unidentifiable green slimy mass above what I hoped were coriander roots, planted them in a not-very-attractive pot, gave them a little drink and a little fertiliser, placed it in a semi-shaded spot and waited ...